BMPublications Fundraiser – Yemen Crisis Appeal

CLICK HERE TO DONATE BMPublications is collecting funds for the Yemen Crisis on behalf of Ummah Welfare Trust. What is happening in Yemen? Yemen is on the brink of famine. 14.1 million are at risk of starvation, equivalent to the combined population of London, Birmingham and Glasgow. Yemen needs our attention. The UN has described... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [59-60]

59. Ensure to eat from the area of the food which is closest and nearest to oneself, as there is barakah (blessing) in eating in this manner. It is narrated from ‘Amr bin Abī Salamah (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "When you eat then say... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [53-58]

53. Any leftover food on utensils and cutlery should be licked and eaten, and anything liquid should be drunk. This is a means of great blessing and virtue. Anas (r.a.) narrates: “When the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) ate, he would lick his three fingers, and he would say:... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [51-52]

51. Avoid overeating and overindulging. Eat so that there remains room to breath and some appetite for more food. Miqdām ibn Ma’dikarib (r.a.) reported that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “The son of Adam cannot fill a vessel worse than his stomach. It is enough for him... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [47-50]

47. Abstain from any speech or action which will cause disgust and revulsion to others around. 48. Avoid spitting or blowing the nose in the presence of others. If the need arises, it may be done whereby others are not inconvenienced. 49. If the need to sneeze arises, one should turn away from the food... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [40-42]

40. It is vital to ensure that no food goes to waste, whether it is one’s own food or someone else’s; rather, wasting another’s property entails double wrongdoing even if the owner permits it. Food should be saved from falling on the ground and that which has fallen, and is suitable for eating should be... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [37-39]

37. It is from the respect and etiquette of food that the area or dastarkhān (a tablecloth which is spread on the ground) in which it is placed, is clean. This will ensure that the food does not spoil and if any food falls, it will be suitable to pick up and eat. 38. The... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [33-36]

33. The entire hand along with the fingers should not be immersed into the food. This is a sign of being uncultured. 34. It is recommended that one uses only three fingers of the right hand when eating; namely, the thumb, index, and middle finger. It is narrated from Kab bin Mālik (r.a.) that the... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [28-32]

28. It is sunnah to eat with the hands. However, if someone eats with a spoon then there is no sin, though one will not acquire the virtue of eating with the hands, except that the food is difficult to eat with the hands, or there is an excuse for not using the hand (like... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [26-27]

26. Only the right hand should be used for eating. However, if the need arises to use the left hand, it may be used to assist the right hand; keeping the right hand as primary and the left as secondary. To eat with the left hand is highly detestable and the way of Shaytan. It... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [22-25]

22. The sunnah of reciting ‘bismillāh’ before eating is general for men, women, one in the state of major ritual impurity and a menstruating woman. 23. If one forgets to recite ‘bismillah’ before eating, then during the meal, whenever one remembers, one should recite, بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ or بِسْمِ اللَّهِ فِي أَوَّلِهِ وَآخِرِهِ. This... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [20-21]

20. In most prophetic narrations, there is explicit mention of taking the name of Allāh with the words, ‘bismillāh’. It is narrated from Aisha (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “When one of you eats food, then let him say: ‘bismillah’. If he forgets in the... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [19]

19. It is sunnah to say ‘bismillāh’ before eating. It is a means of blessings and goodness, and a strong barrier for Shaytan from partaking of the food. Huḍayfah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “The devil considers the food upon which Allah’s name (bismillah)... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [17-18]

17. To wear shoes while eating is contradictory to the sunnah method. Though it may not be a sin, but it is similar to the style of those who are non-Muslim and that of the arrogant. As a result, one should abstain from making this a habit. However, in cases of necessity, one may eat... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [15-16]

15. It is desirable that one sits on the floor to eat while the food is placed on a clean cloth. It is preferred that one is level with the food, neither the food or the person eating should be higher or lower than one another. The normal practice of the Messenger of Allāh (may... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [14]

14. The Messenger of Allāh disliked to eat while leaning. Abū Juḥayfah (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, "I do not eat my meals while leaning (against something).” (Bukhārī) Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Āṣ (r.a.) narrates that: “The Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [13]

13. Food should be consumed while seated in a state of utter humility. A posture which displays pride and haughtiness should be avoided. The following statement of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is recorded in aḥadīth, “I eat like a servant and slave (i.e. with humility) and I... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [11-12]

11. Ḥuḍayfah (r.a.) mentions that when we would eat with the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), we would not begin to eat until the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would begin. (Muslim) Thābit bin Abī Idrīs (r.a) narrates a mursal ḥadīth (transmitted by... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [6-10]

6. In normal circumstances, both hands should be washed until the wrists as prophetic narrations make mention of the hands or the palms. For this reason, some scholars have made washing merely the fingers or just one hand, as insufficient. However, if someone suffices only on washing that part of the hand which will be... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [1-5]

1. Sustenance is a great bounty and blessing of Allāh. It was the practice of the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) to praise Allāh upon the blessing of food after eating. Consequently, when the tablecloth would be lifted, he would say the following: الحَمْدُ للهِ حَمْدا ً كَثِيْرا ً... Continue Reading →

Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [Introduction]

“Eat and drink [freely]. But do not be excessive.” (Sūrah al Aʿrāf: 31) In the above verse, after being granted permission to eat, the permission has been conditioned with a sentence which encompasses all Islamic and medicinal principles: “Do not be excessive”. Many prophetic narrations also address this subject matter. ʿAmr bin Shuʿayb has narrated... Continue Reading →

An Entire Worlds Worth…

مَنْ أَصْبَحَ مِنْكُمْ آمِنًا فِي سِرْبِهِ ، مُعَافًى فِي جَسَدِهِ ، عِنْدَهُ قُوتُ يَوْمِهِ ، فَكَأَنَّمَا حِيزَتْ لَهُ الدُّنْيَا The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever among you wakes up in the morning secured in his dwelling (not fearing an enemy), healthy in his body (with no illness or sickness), having his food for the... Continue Reading →

Remembering the Muslims of Kashmir with a Powerful Prophetic Supplication

The tragic circumstances and oppressions Kashmir's Muslims are still facing to this day is a sad reality for the Muslim world, where Kashmiri Muslims are being treated "little better than cattle". In such times, we are reminded of the devastating incident of Taif which occurred with Rasūlullāh ﷺ. The Devastating Incident of Taif After a... Continue Reading →

Join the Hājī’s in Their Supplications

Reaching the end of the blessed days of Ḥajj, the Ḥājī’s are returning home from their spiritual journey. One can imagine the innumerable and countless duʿā’s millions of Ḥājī’s must have made during their blessed journey. It is only our wish that we were granted all those blessings and favours they were showered with as... Continue Reading →

The Wisdom Behind Abstaining From Trimming Hair and Nails In Dhul-Hijjah

Rasūlullāh ﷺ mentions: “When anyone of you intends to sacrifice the animal and enters in the month of Ḍhul-Ḥijjah, he should not get his hair cut or nails pared till he has offered his sacrifice.” (Muslim 1977) It is mustahabb (recommended) for the one who intends to sacrifice an animal on ʿīd al-aḍḥā to abstain... Continue Reading →

Hajj: A Journey Full of Reminders [Concise]

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah Kandelwhī states that, “Every step that we take towards the blessed lands of Makkah Mukarramah on this blessed journey bears many reminders from which a believer should take lesson from. Below are a few: 1) As we embark on this great journey we leave everything behind. Similarly, we will leave... Continue Reading →

Judging the Actions of Others

Many individuals on seeing the Masjids filled with worshippers in the month of Ramadan enquire and probe as to where these people were the whole year and why they did not attend the masjid throughout the year? Such people behave as though paradise and hell-fire are under their control. My dear brother! They are the... Continue Reading →

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Islamic Law

By Muftī-i Aʿẓam (Grand Muftī) Muftī Muḥammad Shafīʿ ʿUthmānī (One of the obligations resting on an Islamic government is the assurance and guarantee of the rights of the non-Muslim population; the life, property and honour of non-Muslims enjoys the same protected status just as it does for Muslims. In this short treatise the relevant Qurānic... Continue Reading →

Are Worldly Troubles a Form of Mercy or Punishment?

From some narrations of aḥādīth we learn that the troubles and calamities of this world are a mercy of Allah and immensely virtuous.We find this in the aḥadīth where it is mentioned that Allah inflicts the Ambiya with the most calmities followed by the pious, close servants of Allah. Yet, in contrast we learn from... Continue Reading →

Giving Precedence to the Right Hand over the Left

ʿAisha r.a narrates that, “Rasūlullāh ﷺ used to like to start from the right side when wearing shoes, combing his hair and cleaning or washing himself and when doing anything else (besides those exceptions made in other aḥādīth e.g. entering the lavatory or washing the private parts).” The great caliph, Ḥaḍrat ʿUmar bin ʿAbd-ul-Azīz would... Continue Reading →

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