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Etiquettes of Eating and Drinking in Islam
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:28:32 PM »
Etiquettes of Eating and Drinking in Islam


 The Etiquette of Eating
  How to Begin
 When a Muslim begins to eat, he should begin with the name of Allah. As the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  said: 'When one of you eats, he should mention Allah's name (i.e. say Bismillah). If he forgets to mention Allah's name at the beginning, he should say (when he remembers): I begin in the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end of it.'
 The Prophet (pbuh)  explained that Shaytaan (Satan) partakes in the food if the name of Allah is not mentioned at the start of eating. However, if one forgets in the beginning and then remembers and says Bismillah, Shaytaan is made to vomit out what he had eaten.
 The Manners of Eating
 The best manner in which to eat food is with the fingers of the right hand. The Companion, Ka'ab bin Maalik  reported that he saw the Messenger (pbuh)  eating with three fingers and when he finished, he would lick them.
 Another manner of eating which the Prophet (pbuh)  taught us is that we should always eat from what is nearest to us and not from the middle of the plate. The reason for this is that the blessings come down upon the food in its middle, therefore it should be left to last. [Abu Daawood, eng. Trans. Vol. 3, p. 1064, no. 3763]
 The Manners of Sitting while Eating
 The Prophet (pbuh)  would never eat while in a reclining position. Eating while reclining was a manner used to show arrogance, as traditionally associated with the Greeks and Romans.
 The whole life of the Prophet (pbuh)  was a model of modesty and humility and this was evident in his manner of eating. The Companion Anas reported that he saw Allah's Messenger (pbuh)  squatting and eating dates [Muslim]. At other times, the Prophet (pbuh)  would sit on his knees as reported by 'Abdullaah bin Busr  who said that: "The Prophet (pbuh) was sitting on his knees upon which a bedouin asked: 'Why are you sitting like this?' The Prophet (pbuh)  replied: "Allah has made me a respectable servant and He did not make me an obstinate tyrant."
 Do not Criticize Food
 Abu Hurayrah  reported that the Prophet (pbuh)  never found fault with food. If he liked it, he would eat it, but if he disliked it, he just left it.
 These are the manners our Prophet (pbuh)  who we are enjoined to emulate, who was the best example for mankind. If we look at the manners of people nowadays, we will see that people are quick to criticize food. It is a sign of extreme ingratitude to Allah, the Provider. Rather, one should be thankful to Allah for whatever He has provided us with and not complain about its taste. One should also remind oneself that there are many people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. So we should instead be grateful as instructed by Allah (what means): " O you who believe, eat of the good (lawful) things We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, if it is (indeed) He whom you worship." [Quran 2:172]
 Do not Eat too Much
 In today's times, many people follow a lifestyle in which they over indulge in food. They eat large quantities until it is difficult for them to breathe and they can almost feel the food rising to their throats. We have been taught by the Prophet (pbuh) that we should do all things in moderation, including eating. The Prophet (pbuh)  said: "A Believer eats in one intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines" [Muslim]
 Therefore, we should not eat until we are completely satiated; rather we should eat an amount of food that eliminates the hunger and does not satisfy us to our fullest.
 After Eating

 When we have finished eating, we should always remember Allah and be grateful to Him, for He is the Provider and our Sustainer. We should express this gratitude in the manner in which the Prophet (pbuh) taught us.
 The Prophet (pbuh) said: "One who has eaten some food and then says: 'All praise is for Allah, who has given me this (food to eat) and provided for me without any effort or power on my part', he will have his sins forgiven."  [At-Tirmithi]
 We can extract most of the etiquettes of eating from the following Hadeeth: Narrated 'Umar bin Abi Salamah: " I was a boy under the care of Allah's Messenger (pbuh) and my hand used to go around the dish while I was eating. So Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said to me: 'O young boy! Mention the name of Allah, eat with your right hand and eat of the dish what is nearer to you." [Al- Bukhaari]
 Etiquette of Drinking Water
 Water should be drunk in three breaths, that is one should breathe three times outside the drinking vessel one is drinking from. This habit has a salutary impact on one's character and helps one avoid doing things in haste. We should also sit down while drinking.
 Anas  reported: The Messenger of Allaah(pbuh)  used to breathe three times in the course of a drink (he used to drink in three gulps).
 The Messenger of Allaah(pbuh)  also prohibited us from breathing in the drinking vessel because the bad smell or spittle may flow into the drink. This is both vile as well as injurious to one's health. Abu Qataadah reported: "The Prophet  forbade breathing into the vessel while drinking."
 To sum up the etiquette of drinking:
 1.   Never drink straight from a bottle (carbon dioxide is released in the bottle).
 2.   Do not drink from the mug's cleft and do not breathe in the beverage.
 3.   Drink in three draughts.
 4.   Invoke Allah when you drink and praise Him when you finish.
 It is reported that the Prophet (pbuh)  said: "Do not drink the water in one draught just like camels, but drink it in one or three gulps, and invoke Allah when you drink and praise Him when you finish."

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