“… by any means necessary…”

wed.jan.17: “Food for the Spirit”


From: Ibn Hagmagid, Imam Mohammed. “Food for the Spirit.” Islamic Horizons magazine. January/February 2007.

Here are three excerpts from this article I read a few days ago. These ideas were pretty thought-provoking. I didn’t write my personal reflections on these excerpts, but I was wondering what you think about them.

1. This prohibition might seem odd, as usually we say the value of something is based upon its rarity. Since God has blessed us with an abundance of water, it would seem to be of negligible value. But is this the only way of looking at the world? Is a hug from a loved one any less valuable because we receive it every day?

2. Let’s always remember the true origin of our food. Treat the basmallah [sic] that we recite before eating not just as a beginning, but as an approach to eating itself: a spirit of worship and thankfulness that continues through to the end of the meal and beyond.

3. … when someone prepares a delicious meal for us, we often praise his or her talent. But how often do we praise God for the deliciousness of what HE has created?


Thank you, T.AA, for the idea of typing the text in blogger, formatting it, and then transferring it to wordpress. It’s awesome!


Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - Posted by | 200 religion


  1. SubhanAllah, sometimes we don’t really stop to think about things… That is one thing I enjoyed about Hajj, it gave me some time to stop and think… I just hope I can find time in my normal, everyday life to do so as well inshAllah…

    Comment by americanmuslim | Thursday, January 18, 2007

  2. Now, that’s more like it. 🙂

    Comment by Takumi | Thursday, January 18, 2007

  3. i totally agree with you all, AmericanMuslim and Mr. Takumi. i remember in houston, at the mas conference i think it was, this past thanksgiving, dr. Ghazali gave the khutbah on the basic idea of having a plan or road map for our lives. he said something like (and i paraphrase) most people just go through life as if we were on a constantly-moving vehicle or so, and we just do things that we see other people do (the “keeping up with the Joneses thing). most people, he said, just do things without thinking about them, and just blindly go about their lives, never stopping to think if what they’re doing is truly the right thing, or the thing they want, or the thing that God wants them to do. so it’s awesome, because i also love taking a “time out” from the rat race and just sitting back and reflecting on where i’ve been, where i am, and where i want to go. and of course, we human beings come with a free mapquest guide in the form of the Qur’an or other Holy Books!

    Comment by jworld | Thursday, January 18, 2007

  4. Khutbah? what khutbah? I remember being there.. LOL! 😀

    Comment by Takumi | Thursday, January 18, 2007

  5. Dear Takumi:

    lol! okay, i think i was just imagining things about the khutbah, then. i guess i was there, but my mind was somewhere else! lol!

    Comment by jworld | Thursday, January 18, 2007

  6. I agree with you J, i was there too. But i dont know where Mr. Takumi maybe in the youth group? lol

    Comment by HJ | Saturday, February 3, 2007

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