Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [43-46]

43. During meals, bones and other waste items should be kept together in one place. Scattering them in various places is discourteous and unmannerly, and a cause of difficulty for others.

44. While eating, the mind should be kept free from worrying and unnecessary thoughts.

45. Talking excessively and uncontrollably laughing while eating should be avoided. Light-hearted talk which freshens the mind is recommended.

46. Abstain from taking faults out of halal food. If one is naturally not inclined to a specific food, the food should not be insulted or disparaged.

Abū Hurayrah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) never criticized any food (he was invited to) but he used to eat if he liked the food, and leave it if he disliked it. (Bukhārī)

It is narrated from Jābir (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “It is enough for a person to be wretched that he expresses dislike for food which is presented to him. (Musnad Abū Ya‘la)

Nevertheless, if the food was cooked to one’s dissatisfaction, one may inform the appropriate person. And if a certain food is not to one’s liking, one may inform others of one’s disinclination in a manner which does not result in degrading the food.

(Adapted from Khāne Pīne ke Ādāb by Muftī Muhammad Riḍwan. Published by Kutub Khāna Idāra Gufrān, Rawalpindi.)

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