You are what you eat. Have you heard that before? I am sure you have. Though it is tempting to eat fast food, it is better and wiser to make your own.
There is hikmah in this. From experience the food made by ahulul dhikr Allah, the people who remember Allah, taste better, its made with the love of Allah and shukr. It is food where those people who made it are in good spirits and they put that energy into the food.
Nowadays we have Joe and Joanna cook they are making your food at McDonalds KFC etc and cursing and chopping the meat you are about to consume, their dhikr is not of Allah But the dhikr of those who made them mad and which customer ticked them off. Thats the energy that put into your food. They cook in a hurry and make the food so you can get out of line and they can punch out and go home. Some of them just aren't that mindful of how your energy can even affect your cooking.
Its called Fast Food, for a reason, they are cooking in haste, which is from who? Shaytan (In some cases.) Then we eat this fast food that was made in heedlessness and we wonder why we dont feel well or feel sluggish. Sometimes food that is fast food is contaminated or made improperly which spreads illnesses like e coli.
The hikmah in learning to cook your own take out style food is better for your body and spirit. Just saying Shukrun Allah as you cook, subhanAllah and etc is good for your heart and body. Nourishing your soul while feeding your family.
You are also bettering your cooking skills too subhanAllah! In the 5 years I have been married my cooking skills have gotten better and its financially better too! You save money, instead of buying fast food you buy groceries which last longer and you can buy healthy ingredients. Processed foods lose nutrients and theres many chemical additives.
Let us remember:
“Verily Allah the Exalted is pure. He does not accept but that which is pure. Allah commands the believers with what He commanded the Messengers. Allah the Almighty has said: “O you Messengers! Eat of the good things and act righteously” [23:51-53]. And Allah the Almighty also said: “O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided you with” [2:167-172].
Then he (the Prophet) mentioned (the case of) the man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty and who stretches out his hands to the sky (saying): “O Lord! O Lord!” (while) his food was unlawful, his drink was unlawful, his clothing was unlawful, and he is nourished with unlawful things, so how can he be answered?”
We must be mindful of what we put into our bodies and into the bodies of our families. So whats the big deal, we spend more time in the kitchen producing meals made of love and dhikr, and we do this instead of driving up to the window and asking for greasy junk..the time and heart we put into it is worth it.
Eating healthy and good foods is part of Islam, make it part of your homemaking