There is so much food of various kinds in the earth for us to eat we could hardly mention by names.
We are the wisest of all life on the earth and in the heavens above the earth. Almighty God, Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom Praise is due forever, has taught me. We must have regularity in everything we do.
SINCE THE earth is full of food, this does not mean we should try to eat the food all day long. We should eat one meal a day and when we eat this or meal, be sure it is of the best food for our bodies to digest and to keep us alive without our lives being agitated by enemies from the food and drinks we put in our bodies.
We have to safeguard our health against the enemies of our health by eating one meal a day. This gives an enemy (germ) that may be in our food time to die to be completely dead at the end of twenty-four hours.
IF WE KEEP adding more food, it gives the germ strength and working power to destroy the very delicate and perfect machinery of our bodies. By nature we are made of the best. And, we have to continue to give our bodies the best and in a moderate way.
Fasting is one of the greatest “doctors” we have, Fasting is prescribed for us in the Holy Quran-an and it the Bible. The Bible does not teach us as much of how good fasting is health wise as the Holy Qur’an does.
THE BIBLE’S teaching on fasting is mostly spiritual purposes. On one occasion, we find where Moses fasted for the cure of his sister, Miriam, who had contracted leprosy because of speaking carelessly of Moses. Her brother (Moses) then had to seek a cure from God for her.
But fasting, as Allah prescribed for us, is to prolong our lives with better health by eating the right food and not eating too frequently.
FASTING DOES much for us. A three-day fast will tell the story, you feel better, your body begins to feel lighter and not weighty as it felt when it was filled with food: your thinking is clearer.
Let us fast as often as we feel that we have not a desire for food. If you do not desire food, do not eat it. Eat when you are very hungry (of course, this does not apply to the sick, because the sick are exempt from fasting).
WHEN YOU fast, it will advance you spiritually. The Holy Qur’an teaches us that Allah has a mighty reward for the believing men and the believing women, and the fasting men and the fasting women. This does not mean that we can do nothing but fast and still do many other evil things and be rewarded with good rewards.
When fasting is practiced for good, good results will follow. But, if we fast, as the Bible mentions in Isiah, just for debate, our fast is no good. The Bible teaches that the facts of people who go out and tell others that “I had a dream” and then call dreams visions, are not accepted .
SOME PEOPLE tell stories about something they accomplished on the fast that they did not accomplish. The Bible answers such a person in these words: If you dream a dream, tell a dream and do not try to tell a dream for a vision from the Lord, when you did not get such a vision.
We must remember that we cannot be “holier than thou,” unless we are really holy. So, let us say of ourselves what we really are and not what we are not because it is good in the eye sight of God for us to speak the truth.
FAST! It cleans the impurities out of the blood and causes the body to eliminate the poison stored in it from previous meals — sometimes from previous meals of many years, as the folds in our intestines can carry particles of food for a long time, and holds strength enough in them to keep us alive for two months. Our bodies store food in the folds of the intestines and in the blood stream.
After a fast of three days — and from that to nine days — these particles of food and poison that have accumulated will be eliminated. The blood is being cleansed of its impurities because the impurities have nothing to keep them in power to live; therefore, they die and leave the person happy and enjoying the results of a healthy body — which is the greatest enjoyment we can have. WE ARE TAUGHT…and all religions teach fasting…so that includes us too. Of course, as long as we are in the Presence of God, we do not have to fast. But, we are not always in His Presence. In the Hereafter when all people will receive rewards of goodness who see the Hereafter, there will be no fasting.
WE,THE RIGHTEOUS, must fast as long as we are present and among the unrighteous. So, fasting is prescribed for us as well as those (people) before us. Let us take a look at the verse in the Holy Qur’an 2:183 translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali (copyright 1963): “O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may guard against evil.” Here it tells us why Fasting is prescribed for us. It guards us against doing evil. Read the footnote of Maulana Muhammad All’s translation of this chapter for footnote. No. 225.
(Excerpt from “How to Eat to Live,” Book Two, 1972.)