Last Saturday evening at the MCA Qiyam Imam Zaid Shakir spoke on what he called the soul food diet:
The Soul Food Diet consists of the following:
1. Qiyam [night vigil]
The Prophet [sa] said, ” Spread the salutations, feed the poor, pray while the people are sleeping and you will enter your Lord’s paradise in peace.” Related by al-Tirmidhi who declared it “Authentic” on the authority of Abdullah the son of Salam. Sunna al-Tirmidhi Vol. 9 pg. 25 # 2409.
The Prophet said, “Fasting is a shield.” related by al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah.
3. Remembrance of Allah and Reciting the Qur’an
Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The remembrance of Allah is like water to a fish. What happens to a fish when taken out of water?”
The Prophet [may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him] said, “Speak well or remain silent.” Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah.
The poet said,
If you fail to see me don’t fret nor worry
The sun is hidden by clouds before the blessing of rain occurs