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Ruling regarding the good things of life

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The following is from Maariful Quran vol 3 pg. 568:

Eating and Drinking as Needed is Obligatory
“To begin with, eating and drinking is obligatory on everyone from
the point of view of the Shari’ah as well. If anyone abandons eating
and drinking despite having the ability to do so, to the limit that he
dies, or becomes too weak even to fulfill what is obligatory on him,
then, this person shall be sinning and committing a crime in the sight
of Allah.”

The following excerpt is taken from “The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam” by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi pg. 84:

“The general rule for the enjoyment of the good things of life, such as food, drink, and clothing, is that their use should be without extravagance and pride. Extravagance consists in the exceeding of the limits of what is beneficial in the use of the halal, while pride is something related to the intention and the heart rather than to what is apparent. Pride is the intention to look superior and above others, and ‘Allah does not love any proud boaster’ (Quran: Al Hadid: 23)”

O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess. (Quran 7:31)

The following excerpt is taken from “Maariful Quran” vol 3 pg. 570:

“And this command for moderation in eating and drinking men­tioned in this verse is not restricted to eating and drinking alone. The truth of the matter is that the course of moderation is very desirable in wearing what one wears and living where one lives, in almost every­ thing. Sayyidna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas said: Eat and drink what you wish and wear what you like. But, take care of two things: One, that there be no Israf (excess from the measure of need) in it. Two, that there be no pride and arrogance about it.

And We said, “O Adam, dwell, you and your wife, in Paradise and eat therefrom in [ease and] abundance from wherever you will. But do not approach this tree, lest you be among the wrongdoers.” (Quran 2:35)

‘While narrating the story of Adam, the Holy Quran says that Adam was living in al Jannah, where he could eat as much as he liked and from anywhere, but was warned not to go near shajara (2:35). In other words, Jannah denotes a social order where each and everything can be had without undue labor. These things, however, are to be utilised within the limits laid down by Allah – (hudood-ullah). If that limit is respected, then there would be no end to these bounties and the sources would never exhaust.” ‘ (Exposition of the Quran, pg. 1166)

“The tale of Adam in the Qur’an points to the fact that the ultimate destination for man is the heavenly life as depicted in the tale of Adam: (and this is the heaven that you have been made heir to as a result of your deeds)” Quran 43:72.” (Iblees o Adam, pg. 43)


Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf (1960). The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam. (p. 84).

Pervez, Ahmad (2010). Exposition of the Quran. (p. 43).

Pervez, Ahmad (2010). Exposition of the Quran. (p. 1166).

Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .3 pg. 568, 570).

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