The Book of Meat

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

I – Red Meat

God Almighty said: {We provided (all kinds of) fruit and meat they desire} (Qur’an 52 : 22), {And the flesh of fowls that they desire} (Qur’an 56 : 21).

Abi Darda’ narrated that God’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “Meat is the best food in this world and in the hereafter” (Reported in Sunan Ibn Mãja). Abi Dardã’ also narrated a similar prophetic tradition, saying: “Meat is the best live-food substance (Arb. adïm) in this world and in the hereafter.”

Delighting his wife ‘Aisha, God be pleased with her, God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, once said: “The excellence and superiority of ‘Aisha over all women is like that of tharïd over all food.” As we explained earlier, tharïd is made of meat and bread.Red meat

Al-Zahri maintained that eating meat enhances one’s strength seventy folds, while Muhammad bin Wasi’ contended that eating meat enhances one’s sight. ‘Ali bin Abi lib, God bless his countenance, said: “Eating meat clarifies one’s color, renders the abdomen leaner, and enhances one’s good character.” He also said: “Abstaining from eating meat for forty nights retrogrades one’s temper.” Nafi’ reported that meat was the staple diet of ‘Abdullah bin Omar, God be pleased with him, upon breaking his fast during the month of Ramadan, and throughout his travels. Abu Huraira narrated that God’s Messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “The heart rejoices when one eats meat.” (Reported by Ibn Mãja). Abu Dãwoud reported ‘Aisha’s narration of God’s Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, saying: “Do not cut meat with a knife, this is foreign to us, instead, nibble on it, this is healthier, more wholesome, and restorative.” However, Imam Ahmad rebutted this saying as untrue in two prophetic traditions of cutting the meat with a knife.

There are many varieties of meat. Each kind is characterized by its properties, origin, and habitat of the animal In this section, God willing, we will discuss them, and explain their characteristics, benefits, and harm.

(Taken from the book of Medicine of The Prophet by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya page 278)

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