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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

I am very, very obese, and carry far
too much weight. Praise be to Allah,
I offer the five obligatory prayers
every day, as well as the nafil
(supererogatory) prayers, and I only
eat when I get hungry. Please tell
me of any remedy according to the
Qur’an and Sunnah that will help
me to reduce my weight.


Praise be to Allah.

Obesity may be due to a kind of
sickness or hormonal imbalance in
the body. Treating that should be
referred to specialists.

And it may be due to overeating and
not adhering to the etiquette
prescribed by Islam. The way to
treat that is by always mentioning
the name of Allah before eating,
and praising Him after eating, and
reducing one’s intake of food. At-
Tirmidhi (2830) and Ibn Maajah
(3349) narrated that Miqdaam ibn
Ma‘di Karib said: I heard the
Messenger of Allah (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) say: “A
human being fills no worse vessel
than his stomach. It is sufficient for
a human being to eat a few
mouthfuls to keep his spine
straight. But if he must (fill it),
then one-third for food, one-third
for drink and one-third for air.” This
hadith was classed as saheeh by al-
Albaani in Saheeh at-Tirmidhi.
Allah, may He be exalted, says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“and eat and drink, but be not
excessive. Indeed, He likes not
those who commit excess”
[al-A‘raaf 7:31] .

There is no specific remedy in the
Qur’an and Sunnah for the problem
of obesity, even though the Qur’an
is real healing, as Allah, may He be
glorified and exalted, says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“And We send down of the Qur'an
that which is healing and mercy for
the believers, but it does not
increase the wrongdoers except in
[al-Israa’ 17:82]

“O mankind, there has to come to
you instruction from your Lord and
healing for what is in the breasts
and guidance and mercy for the
[Yoonus 10:57] .

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have
mercy on him) said: The Qur’an is
complete healing from all diseases,
both psychological and physical, and
offers protection this world and the
hereafter, but not everyone is
qualified or will be successful in
seeking healing from it. But if the
sick person seeks treatment
through the Qur’an and is able to
use Qur’anic remedies with
sincerity, faith, complete
acceptance and certainty, fulfilling
all the necessary conditions, no
diseases will ever stand up to it.
Zaad al-Ma‘aad, 4/322.

It is prescribed for one who is sick
to recite al-Mu‘awwidhaat [soorahs
seeking refuge with Allah] and to
blow over himself. That will have a
beneficial impact, by Allah’s leave.

Al-Bukhaari (4439) narrated from
‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with
her) that the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) used, when he fell sick,
to recite al-Mu‘awwidhaat [soorahs
seeking refuge with Allah] into his
hands, then blow into his hands,
and would wipe himself with his
hands. When he fell sick with his
final illness, I recited al-
Mu‘awwidhaat [soorahs seeking
refuge with Allah] over him and
blow over him, and wipe his hand
over him.

Muslim (2192) narrated it as
follows: If one of his family fell sick,
the Messenger of Allah (blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him)
would blow over him and recite al-
Mu’awwidhaat. When he fell sick
with his final illness, I started to
blow over him and wipe him with
his own hand, because it was more
blessed than my hand.

Al-Bukhaari (5018) narrated from
‘Aa’ishah that when he went to his
bed every night, the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) would put his hands
together and blow into them, then
recite into them Qul Huwa Allaahu
ahad, Qul a‘oodhu bi Rabb il-Falaq
and Qul a‘oodhu bi Rabb il-Naas
[i.e., the last three soorahs of the
Qur’an), then he would wipe his
hands over as much of his body as
he could, starting with his head and
face, and the front part of his body.
He would do that three times.

It is also prescribed for the Muslim
to pray to Allah, may He be exalted,
for whatever he wants of the good
of this world and the hereafter, and
to avert from him what he dislikes.

So ask Allah, may He be exalted, for
healing and well-being, and for
goodness and beauty.

And Allah knows best.


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