Overeating During Iftar

“…One should not overeat while breaking the fast to the point that he fills his stomach, as there isn’t any container that Allah hates more than a full stomach. How can one benefit from fasting and subdue this enemy and break this desire if he breaks his fast by making up for it through eating everything that he missed out on during the day? In fact, some even eat more than they usually would during the day! This habit has continued to the point that so many types of food are prepared for Ramadan that more food is eaten in this month than in any other month.

It is known that the whole point of fasting is discipline and to break one’s desire in order to strengthen the soul with taqwa. So, if you prevent your digestive system from food all day long until night such that its desire and longing for food goes wild, and you then feed it what it wants until it is fully satisfied, this will only increase its desire and multiply its energy, and it will manifest a longing that wouldn’t have been there had it been left to its usual intake.

So, the essence and secret of fasting is to weaken this energy that provides means for Satan to pull you towards what is bad, and this can’t happen unless you reduce your food intake. When you break your fast, eat only what you would normally eat at that specific time when not fasting. But to break your fast by combining the amount you would’ve eaten during the day with the amount you usually eat at night will leave you having gained nothing at all from your fast.

In fact, from the etiquette of fasting is to not sleep much during the day in order to feel the hunger and thirst, and in order to weaken this energy. This will clean out the heart and keep this energy weakened every night so that it will be easier to pray at night and do your sets of Qur’an recitation and dhikr of Allah. Maybe this will prevent Satan from approaching your heart and allow you to look to what is in the kingdom of the heavens, and the Night of Qadr is basically the night in which some of what is contained in this kingdom is shown, and this is what is meant by Allah’s Saying: {“Indeed, We have descended it on the Night of Qadr.”}

And whoever puts a barrier of food between his heart and his chest will have a barrier put between himself and what is shown from this kingdom, and to keep your stomach free isn’t enough to lift this barrier if your mind isn’t free from anything other than Allah – and this is the entire point.

The starting point of all this is to reduce your intake of food…”

[‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’; 1/303]

6 Responses to “Overeating During Iftar”

  1. Jazaak Allah khayr. This athaar fits here nicely:

    Eating to Fast [NOT fasting to Eat]

    It is reported that once, some good food was served to Anas [Ibn Mâlik] – Allâh be pleased with him, and [the person who served the food] was well off enough to afford good food. As he was eating, he kept a morsel of the food in his mouth for a while, then looked at the people and began to cry. Then he said, “By Allâh, I have accompanied people who, if they could get hold of this kind of food, would have fasted even more often, and spent less time not fasting. One of them would find only milk mixed with water [as food], which he would drink and then fast on.”

    Al-Mu’âfâ b. ‘Imrân, Kitâb Al-Zuhd article 215.

    Taqabalallaahu minnaa jami’an.

  2. Excellent reminder, baarakAllaahu feek.

  3. Alhamdullillah, these are words of wisdom.

    We should always remind each other about these important issues in order to help us overcome our bad habits and vain desires.

    Many muslims do not even realise that they are conveying a very negative image about islam through overeating esp.when they are in public.

    They should start by changing their bad habits in their everyday lives so that it becomes easy for them during Ramadan to reflect upon this base attitude.

    Overeating is not normal. it is a sin and it opens one of the four doors which gives access to shaytan.

    Remember there are four doors that lead to shaytan

    Overeating
    Oversleeping
    Talking too much
    Staying in the company of people too long

    While changing these bad habits and learning to follow the sunnah of our beloved prophet [p.b.u.h], Allah Azzawajal will insha Allah open His doors of Mercy for us as this is a form of Tawbah.

    We ask Allah to help us overcome our passion and turn to Him in this month of Ramadan.

  4. Remember there are four doors that lead to shaytan

    Overeating
    Oversleeping
    Talking too much
    Staying in the company of people too long

    I think it should be staying in the company of BAD people too long. I can see that my Iman has drastically decreased and one of the major factors is all me good friends who used to remind me of the religion and we used to do musabaqa in learning deen have moved away!!

  5. mukim saiyad Says:

    while taking the meals, it is better to stop eating, when you still desires some more.
    it is advisable to divide your stomach in three parts when start eating, one for food, second for water and third for air.
    may allah help us to follow on these thoughts.

  6. One important thing i should like to point out….

    We learn a lot in the company of sages, wise men but

    Staying in the company of people too long is not recommended. Why?

    because it prevents you from staying alone with your Lord: Allah.

    Remember: truth is found in exile! While keeping silence, we also learn to discover ourselves

    We need this inner conversation in order to develop insight and awareness

    Blessings to you all

    Ammaara

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