4) "Always sit down when you eat!" Islam teaches us when, how and how much to eat.
Many people, even Muslims today, are saying things against the sunnah of Muhammad, peace be upon him. Some say it is not valid today. Others claim they don't see any value in it or that it is something not important and some are even making fun of his way and his teachings as though this is something old fashioned and outdated. (Aouthubillah Yet, when the same thing is coming from a non-Muslim doctor in Washington, DC... I'll let you decide about this one:
One night while driving home quite late, from a fundraiser in Virginia, I was very tired. So, while waiting for a light to turn green, I laid my head on the steering wheel. When the light turned green, my little daughter started tapping my shoulder and saying,
"Daddy, wake up!" "Daddy, you have to drive!" "Daddy, Wake UP!"
"I'm too tired."
She then turned on the radio in the car very loud in an effort to wake me up. There was a man's voice saying,
"Never stand up when you eat or drink."
"Never, ever stand up when you eat or drink; always sit down while eating and drinking." By now, I was wide awake and driving again. I thought,
"Who could be talking like this?"
This was sounding like Muslim preachers telling their followers to emulate the prophet, peace be upon him, in sitting while you eat and being careful of your eating habits; not to fill your stomach; always wash your hands.
The voice on the radio continued,
"If you knew the damage that you are doing to your body by standing while you eat, you would never do it."
He then began to name the various parts of the body that are effected by standing rather than sitting while you eat,
"Your esophagus, the stomach, kidneys, liver, etc."
He was a doctor and he said,
"Most of the operations would not be necessary if people would only SIT DOWN WHEN THEY EAT OR DRINK."
Interesting, isn't it? Of course, now if we were to sit while we eat and take small portions and not eat to our fill, we would have to ask ourselves the question, "Am I doing this for Allah and His messenger, peace be upon him, or am I doing it for my health?"