it is He who sends down
rain from the sky
from it you drink
and out of it grows
the vegetation on which
you feed your cattle.
with it He produces
for you corn, olives
and every kind of fruit:
verily in this is a sign
for those who give thought
chapter 16; verses 10 & 11 – the Holy Qur’an
…Eat and drink the sustenance God has provided and
do not act wrongfully in the land, causing corruption.
The food we eat is a great blessing from Allah, as we will still be eating during the hajj and umrah – what, how, how much, where and when we eat that will have the greatest effect on us and if we are to be in the best of health so as not to spoil our spiritual activities.
There is a lot of truth in the saying that we are what we eat…the food and drink we consume is what is going to nourish our every muscle, tissue and organ which in turn is the vessel in which we transport our soul and present it in front of our Allah.
So it becomes especially important we do not become complacent with putting halal into our bodies.
As with any journey make sure you restrict your eating to the food provided by your hajj / umrah group and the hotel you are staying.
If you do venture outside it is worth making sure the place is clean and shows signs of good food preparation.
Especially during the 5 main days of hajj, restrict your food intake – especially in the abscence of facilities in Arafat and Muzdalifah and eat plenty of fruit, nuts, biscuits.
With regards to drinking – drink regularly throughout the day as opposed to huge amounts in one go with large gaps in between. Liltle and often is the key to avoid dehydration and frequent toilet trips.
To read what the Ministry of Hajj has to say about food and drink…..click here