Islamic Economic

Kitab Al-Kasb Series (Part 39): Abomination of Seeking to Be Perpetually Satiated with Food.

Every Wednesday, I will share a part of the translation of the book Kitab Al-Kasb (the book of Earning a Livelihood) written by Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani.

Part 39: Abomination of Seeking to Be Perpetually Satiated with Food.
And likewise, one should not seek to be perpetually satiated with food, for the better way is what was chosen and explained by the Messenger of Allah, “I go hungry one day, and I am satiated one day” [Refer Abu Ghuddah]. A’ishah wept over Allah’s Messenger when he was taken (when his soul was taken away by Allah), and said, “O one who opted for the mat over the bed; O one who slept not at night out of fear of inferno; O one who wore not silk, not ate his fill of barley bread” [Abu Ghuddah says he has not come across this hadith].

A’ishah used to say, “Sometimes a month or more would pass without us lighting a fire in our homes, while there were only these two black things, water and dates” [Narrated by al-Bukhari, Muslim, al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Ahmad].

And we have narrated that the Prophet said, “The longest starving of people on the day of resurrection are the most satiated of them in the world” [Refer Abu Ghuddah]. Because of this, it is better to safeguard oneself from seeking to be continuously sated all the time.


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