Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [61-64]

61. To feed others with the intention of showing off is a grave sin. Thus one should feed others with sincerity and for the pleasure of Allāh. Consequently, feeding only a little will result in immense reward. In contrast, feeding on a large scale with the intention of conceit or showing off will result in... 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 [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 [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 →

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