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 →

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 →

I Obtained Benefit from the Heat

Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Haḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyā Kandelwhī says that, during my father’s time the madrasah (Islamic seminary) did not yet have a kitchen to supply students, nor was there a cook or restaurant in the vicinity of the madrasah. Because my father’s family was not residing there, his food was arranged with a cook who had a... Continue Reading →

Two Five Rupee Notes

Sufī Muhammad Iqbāl narrates an incident which occurred before the partition of India when Mawlānā Alī Miyān stopped at Saharanpur which was en-route to Raipur. He was leaving immediately after breakfast for Raipur. In the mean time, Shaykh-ul-Ḥadīth Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Zakariyyah was asking the gathering for a ten rupee note in exchange for two... Continue Reading →

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