Food for Thought

Hazrat Thanwi (RA) used to say, “I do not like to force people to eat.  To forcefully feed someone when they are not hungry is tantamount to giving them poison. This custom of insisting that a guest eat and forcing them to eat regardless of whether it is a proper time to eat or not is a sickness which has become customary in our societies.”

Ma’athir Hakeem-ul-Ummat, page 72

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3 Comments on “Food for Thought”

  1. peacemaker Says:

    I understand now that it is wrong to force feed the guests, but as a guest should we refuse to eat, therefor hurting the hosts feelings. Also what about the story of Ibrahim (as) when his guests came and he presented them food and when they did not take therefrom he became [scared/suspicious/frightened (i don’t want to attribute something wrong to the Nabiullah)] of them. Does this imply tht as a guest i should go to the host on an empty stomach???

  2. Anamul Islam Says:

    What Hazrat sab has said has always been inside my thoughts and since some1 like Hazrat has said this, it leaves me with even greater conviction and great happiness.

  3. Javed Ahmed Laghari Says:

    MashaALLAH great sharing of Hakeem-ul-Ummat Hazrat Moulana Shah Ashraf Ali Thanvi (RA. i have been many times vicitm of this practice. some time i dont want to even eat or drink a single sip but they insisted me so lot that i have to take full glass. i always used to say that please dont insist guest so much that put him in trouble but i was unaware of this quotations. now inshaALLAH i will quote this statement.

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