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Sunnats of Eating (10)

Monday, 25 July 2016 09:07

Sunnats of Eating - Part Ten

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25. When eating, one should eat from the sides of the plate and not the middle, as the blessings descend in the middle of the plate.

عن عبد الله بن بسر رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم أتي بقصعة فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم كلوا من جوانبها ودعوا ذروتها يبارك فيها ( ابن ماجة #3275 )

Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Busr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that on one occasion, a plate was brought to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) then advised the Sahaabah, “Eat from the sides and not the middle, Allah Ta‘ala will place barakah in the food.”

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال البركة تنزل وسط الطعام فكلوا من حافتيه ولا تأكلوا من وسطه (ترمذي #1805 )

Hazrat ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Barakah descends in the middle of the food. Therefore eat from the sides and do not eat from the middle.”

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:52

Sunnats of Eating - Part Nine

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22. After eating, one should lick his fingers.

عن ابن عباس أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال إذا أكل أحدكم طعاما فلا يمسح يده حتى يلعقها أو يلعقها ( ابن ماجة #3269 )

Hazrat ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you eat any food, then he should not wipe his hands until he does not lick his fingers, or gets someone to lick it for him (e.g. his wife, etc, if they do not mind).”

عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا أكل أحدكم فليلعق أصابعه فإنه لا يدري في أيتهن البركة ( ترمذي #1801 )

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “When any of you eat any food, then he should lick his fingers, as he does not know which morsel of food contains the special blessings of Allah Ta‘ala.”

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:42

Sunnats of Eating - Part Eight

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19. Whilst eating, one should not remain completely silent.[1]

20. One should eat with three fingers if possible (i.e. the thumb, index finger and middle finger).

عن كعب بن مالك أن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم كان يأكل بثلاث أصابع ولا يمسح يده حتى يلعقها ( أبو داود #3850 )

Hazrat Ka’b bin Maalik (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) used to eat with three fingers, and he would not wipe his hands until he licked his fingers.

Monday, 25 July 2016 08:33

Sunnats of Eating - Part Seven

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17. First remove the food before getting up and leaving. When removing the dastarkhaan, the following du‘aa should be read:

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ غَيرَ مَكْفِيٍّ وَلَا مُوَدَّعٍ وَلَا مُسْتَغْنًى عَنهُ رَبَّنَا

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala. Such praises that are plentiful, pure and full of blessings. O our Rabb! (we are not lifting up this food from the dastarkhaan and praising You) considering our praises to be sufficient or the last time we are praising You (as we will be in need of this bounty (i.e. food and drink) after a short interval, or considering ourselves not in need of thanking and praising You.

Sunday, 24 July 2016 04:59

Sunnats of Eating - Part Six

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16. One should recite the following du'aas after eating:

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا مُسْلِمِينَ

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who gave us food and drink and made us Muslims.

اَلحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا الطَّعَامَ وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِن غَيرِ حَولٍ مِّنِّي وَلَا قُوَّة

All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who gave me this food to eat, and He provided me with it without any effort or striving from my side.

Monday, 18 July 2016 08:28

Sunnats of Eating - Part Five

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13. The young should give preference to the old and senior people (Ulama, etc.) among them to commence eating.

عن حذيفة قال كنا إذا حضرنا مع النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم طعاما لم نضع أيدينا حتى يبدأ رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فيضع يده (مسلم #2017)

Hazrat Huzaifa (radhiallahu ‘anhu) explains that whenever we ate with Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), we would always commence eating after Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) began eating.

14. When eating, sit with either both knees on the ground (in the tashahhud posture), or with the right knee raised.[1]

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 05:16

Sunnats of Eating - Part Four

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10. One should not lean while eating.

عن أببي جحيفة رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : لا آكل متكئا ( البخاري #5398 )

Hazrat Abu Juhaifah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “I do not eat while leaning or taking support upon anything.”

Monday, 25 April 2016 04:49

Sunnats of Eating - Part Three

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7. One should eat and drink with the right hand.

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال: ليأكل أحدكم بيمينه وليشرب بيمينه وليأخذ بيمينه وليعط بيمينه فإن الشيطان يأكل بشماله ويشرب بشماله ويعطي بشماله ويأخذ بشماله ( ابن ماجة #3266 )

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Eat with the right hand, and drink with the right hand. When you have to receive anything from someone, receive it in the right hand. When you have to hand something over, hand it over with the right hand. Most certainly (the way of Shaytaan) is that Shaytaan eats and drinks with his left hand, and receives and hands over with his left hand.

Monday, 18 April 2016 04:46

Sunnats of Eating - Part Two

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4. One should recite any of the following du'aas before eating:

بِسْمِ اللهِ

In the name of Allah Ta’ala

بِسْمِ اللهِ بَرَكَةِ اللهِ

In the name of Allah Ta’ala, and with the blessings of Allah Ta’ala.

Monday, 11 April 2016 05:12

Sunnats of Eating - Part One

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1. One should sit and eat on the floor.

2. One should spread out a cloth (dastarkhaan) on the floor before eating.

عن أنس رضي اللَّه عنه، قال: ما علمت النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أكل على سكرجة قط، ولا خبز له مرقق قط، ولا أكل على خوان قط قيل لقتادة: فعلام كانوا يأكلون؟ قال: على السفر (البخاري #5386)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports: I cannot remember Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) ever eating from a small utensil (in the manner and style of the non Arab, non Muslims of that time), nor was thin, fine bread ever baked for him (i.e. he only ate the thick, coarse bread), nor did he ever eat on a raised table. Hadhrat Qataada was asked: What would they (i.e. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the Sahaabah) eat upon? Qataada (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) replied: “They used to eat on the dastarkhaan (spread out on the floor).”