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 →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – Which Action is More Virtuous?

Question: Which action is the most virtuous and beneficial for īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) to the deceased? Answer: Ultimately, one should spend in avenues which are in dire necessity. There is no doubt that giving money in cash is most beneficial for the poor and needy as it can be utilised by them in any... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – Farḍ & Wājib Acts

Question: Apart from voluntary actions, is it permissible to donate the reward of farḍ & wājib acts? Answer: There is no doubt in the permissibility of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) for optional deeds. Whether farḍ & wājib acts are permissible to donate? The scholars have differed in their opinions. However, many have opined towards its... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – For Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ

Question: Is it correct to donate reward to Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ when his status is highly elevated and he is not in need of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward)? Answer: In some cases the objective of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) is the elevation of status for another person, and sometimes to repay favours which another has conferred... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – Full Reward or Shared?

Question: When doing īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) to multiple individuals, will the reward be split among them, or will they receive the full reward? Answer: Whether the intended individuals receive the reward in full or it is divided, the scholars have both opinions in this regard. The vast mercy and compassion of Allāh demands that... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – For Multiple People

Question: Is īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) valid to multiple people? Answer: It is permissible to donate reward to multiple people, and there is no objection in this; rather, it is more virtuous to donate reward to all Muslims. Consequently, Rasūlullāh ‎ﷺ sacrificed a ram on behalf of the entire ummah and donated it’s reward to... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – Reward for the Donator

Question: When a person donates reward to another, does the donator receive any reward? Answer: After a in-depth study of prophetic narrations, we learn that the one donating reward is also not deprived of reward. Reward is recorded in the book of deeds of the donator and no reward will be decreased, rather more reward... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – It’s Method

Question: Some individuals hold the belief that in order for īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) to occur, a pious individual must be made a medium. What is the method of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) and can one donate reward himself? Answer: The method of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) is fairly easy. While doing a good action... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – For the Living & the Dead

Question: Is īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) valid for the living and dead, or only the dead? Answer: Īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) is not prescribed only for the dead, it may be done even for living Muslims. The reason is īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) is done of that action for which the doer receives reward, and... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – It’s Conditions

Question: What are the conditions for the validity of īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward)? Answer: When another person is donated reward, it is necessary that the donator receives reward before they can donate to another. For that reason, īṣāl e-thawāb (donating reward) has a few primary conditions for it it be valid. Until they are not... Continue Reading →

Īṣāl e-Thawāb (Donating Reward) – It’s Benefits

Question: When rewards are donated to another Muslim, how do they benefit? Answer: When reward is donated to a Muslim, they receive the reward of the good action, and good actions result in the lessening of punishment and elevation in status. Hence, by donating rewards to a deceased Muslim who is being punished, their punishment... Continue Reading →

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