Book Name:Pait ka Qufl e Madina

Seven intestines

The Prophet of Ramaĥ, the Intercessor of Ummaĥ صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَـلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘The believer eats in one intestine while the unbeliever and the hypocrite eat in seven intestines.’

(aḥīḥ Bukhārī, vol. 6, pp. 246, Ḥadīš 5394)

Meaning of seven intestines

Dear Islamic brothers! The foregoing adīš does not imply that a Muslim possesses only one intestine while an unbeliever possesses seven. Every person possesses seven intestines. What is meant by this adīš is that gluttony is the habit of the unbelievers.

Elaborating on this adīš, ujjat-ul-Islam, Imām Muhammad Ghazālī عَـلَـیۡـهِ رَحْـمَـةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـوَالِی has stated, ‘A hypocrite eats seven times more than a Muslim. It may also mean that the desire of a hypocrite      (to eat) is seven times more than that of a Muslim. Here, the word ‘intestine’ alludes to ‘desire or craving’ because it is the desire which urges a person to consume food. It does not mean that a hypocrite has more intestines than a Muslim.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 3, pp. 89)

Difference between diet of Mūmin and that of hypocrite

Sayyidunā asan Baرَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ has stated, ‘A Muslim is like a little sheep or goat, (as) merely a handful of dates and barley and a single gulp of water is sufficient (for it). As for the hypocrite, he is like a wild animal that chews incessantly and then swallows its food. Its stomach does not shrink for its neighbour and it does not sacrifice anything even for its own brother.’ (Qūt-ul-Qulūb, vol. 2, pp. 324)

Food of Imām Amad Razā رَحۡـمَةُ اللّٰهِ عَلَيۡه

Imām Amad Razā Khān عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الْـمَـنَّان used to consume very little food. Shaykh Sayyid Ayyūb ‘Alī Shāĥ رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has narrated, ‘The


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