Benefits and Secrets of Fasting (Part-19)

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(10) Freeing the heart for contemplation and Thikr:
Indulging in desires may harden and blind the heart, bar the Muslim from Thikr (remembrance of Allaah The Almighty) and meditation, and cause heedlessness. Emptiness of the stomach from food and drink enlightens the heart, softens it, eliminates its hardness, and devotes it to Thikr and contemplation. [Al-Lataa’if, p.291] Overeating causes the opposite.  ‘Amr ibn Qays, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, "Beware of gluttony; it hardens the heart."

Salamah ibn Sa‘eed, may Allaah have mery upon him, said, "A man was to be blamed for gluttony as he was blamed for committing a sin."

Maalik ibn Dinaar reported that Al-Hasan ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan said that Al-Hasan said (may Allaah have mercy upon them all), "The scourge of your father Adam, may Allaah exalt his mention, was the result of a meal and this will be your scourge until the Day of Resurrection. It was said that the one who controls his stomach will control all righteous deeds. Also, wisdom does not dwell in a full stomach."

‘Uthmaan ibn Zaa’idah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said that Sufyaan Ath-Thawri, may Allaah have mercy upon him, wrote to him saying, "If you seek a sound body and less sleep, you should eat little."  Thaabit Al-Bunaani, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said,

“It was reported to us that Satan appeared to Yahya ibn Zakariyya (John son of Zachariah), may Allaah exalt their mention, and when Yahya saw attachments of all kinds on him, he asked, "O Satan, what are these attachments I see with you?" Satan replied, "These are the lusts that I tempt the children of Adam by." Yahya said, "Is there anything for me?" He replied, "Maybe you are satiated one day and could not pray or say Thikr." Yahya said, "Is there anything else?" He replied in the negative. Then, Yahya said, "I promise Allaah never to eat my fill." Satan said, "And I promise Allaah never  to advise a Muslim."”

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