The Ruling on Obesity – Shaikh Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbad

Question: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: and obesity will appear among them is obesity prohibited?

Answer: “As is well-known, obesity is blameworthy. However, it is a result of eating and drinking, extravagance, and increase. Of course, it is not desirable. It is upon a person not to be extravagant in eating and drinking. He should be moderate as Allah says:

وَالَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَنفَقُواْ لَمْ يُسْرِفُواْ وَلَمْ يَقْتُرُواْ وَكَانَ بَيْنَ ذَلِكَ قَوَاماً

And those, who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes)” [25:67]

[Taken from: Sharh Sunan Tirmidhi no. 242]

Question: If obesity is blameworthy, is it upon a person who is afflicted by that to seek treatment?

Answer: “No doubt if a person is capable of being healthy from obesity, which harms him and does not benefit him and he is capable of curing himself, then this is something good”.

[Taken from: Sharh Sunan Tirmidhi no. 242]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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