Extravagance In Food And Drink During Ramadhan

What about those who make many kinds of foods and sweets during Ramadhan?


Praise be to Allah.  


Shaikh Muhammad Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, said:


It should be noted that extravagance in all things is something that is blameworthy and is not permissible especially in food and drink. Allah says:


“and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not Al-Musrifun (those who waste by extravagance)” [Al-A’raf, 7:31]


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach; for the son of Adam a few mouthfuls are sufficient to keep his back straight. If you must fill it, then one-third for food, one-third for drink and one-third for air.” [Narrated by At-Tirmidzi, 2380; Ibn Majah, 3349. Classified as sahih by al-Albaani in Sahih At-Tirmidzi, 1939)].


Extravagance In Food And Drink Hold Many Evils:


·      The more a person enjoys the good things of this world, the less will be he share in the Hereafter.


Al-Hakim narrated that Abu Juhaifah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The more people eat their fill in this world, the more hungry they will be on the Day of Resurrection.”


Narrated by Ibn Abi’l-Dunya, who added that Abu Juhaifah never filled his stomach until he departed.[Classified as sahih by Al-Albaani in Al-Silsilah Al-Sahihah, 342. ]


‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: By Allah, if I wanted I could wear the finest clothes among you, and eat the best food, and have the most luxurious life. But I heard that Allah will condemned people for some of their actions and said:


“You received your good things in the life of the world, and you took your pleasure therein. Now this Day you shall be recompensed with a torment of humiliation, because you were arrogant in the land without a right, and because you used to rebel against Allah’s Command (disobey Allah)” [Al-Ahqaf, 46:20]


[Heelat Al-Awliya’, 1/49]


·      That distracts a person from many deeds of obedience and worship,such as reading Qur’an, which is what the Muslim should focus on during this blessed month of Ramadhan, as was the practice of the Salaf.


But women end up spending a large part of the day on preparing food, and a large part of the night on preparing sweets and drinks.


If a person eats too much he becomes lazy and sleeps a great deal, so he wastes a lot of his time. 


Sufyaan Al-Thawri (may Allah have mercy on his) said: If you want your body to be healthy and to sleep less, then eat less.


·         Eating too much makes the heart heedless.


It was said to Imam Ahmad (may Allah have mercy on him): Does a man find any softness and humility in his heart when he is full? He said, I do not think so. 


And Allah knows best.


Does Extravagance in offering iftar reduces the reward of fasting?


Shaikh Muhammad Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:


It [extravagance] does not reduce the reward of fasting. A haram action that is done after the fast ends does not reduce its reward, nevertheless it is governed  in the words of Allah:


“and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not AlMusrifun (those who waste by extravagance)”


[Al-A’raf 7:31]


Extravagance itself is forbidden, and moderation is essential. If they have more than they need, they should give it in charity, for that is better.”


[Fatawa Islamiyyah (2/118); Fatawa No:106459]


©Islam Q&A


About Md Radzi Ahmad
A retired Malaysian civil servant. Served the Malaysian government for thirty-one years. Posted to London, Rangoon, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bangkok. Born in Kampong Hutan Kandeh, Alor Star, Kedah. Educated at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Currently resides in Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan,Malaysia.Blessed with three children, a son, two daughters, daughter in law and two grandaughters.

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