Sunan Of Eating

01 Apr

Rasoolullah salalaho alayhi wasallam said ‘whosoever loves my sunnah loves me, and whoever loves me will be with me in jannah’ (Tirmidhi)

Imam Malik once said ‘the sunnah of Rasoolullah is like the ark of Nuh alayhis salam, whosoever follows it will be saved and whosoever neglects it will perish’

Sunnan Of Eating

  • To spread the dining mat (Bukhari, Ibn Majah)
  • To removes one’s shoes (Ibn Majah)
  • To wash both hands (Ibn Majah)
  • To eat with the intention of gaining strength for worship (at Targhib wat-Tarhib)
  • To sit on the floor in the tashahud position, or the tashahud position whilst keeping one leg upright, or in a squatting position (mirqah al-mafatih)
  • It is disliked to sit cross legged (zad-al-ma’ad)
  • Not to lean and eat (Bukhari)
  • Not to sit on a cushion (Bukhari)
  • To eat together and share the utensils (Ibn Majah, Tabraani)
  • To initiate the food with the eldest or most pious person in the gathering (Muslim)
  • To begin from the right and then continue to the right when giving out food or drink (Bukhari, Muslim)
  • To eat and drink with the right hand (Bukhari, Muslim)
  • To eat with three fingers (Muslim, Musnad e Ahmad).

If the need arises, then to use five fingers is also permissible (Fath-al-Bari)

  • To refrain from eating with only one or two fingers (jam-al-wasa’il)
  • To refrain from eating or drinking very hot food or drink (Kanz-al-Ummal)
  •  Not to blow on the food or drink (Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah)
  • To recite the following duaa before eating: ‘Bismillahi wa ala barakatillah’ Which means ‘In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah’ (Tabraani, Bayhaqi)

If one forgets he should recite: ‘Bismillahi awwalahu wa akhirahu’ Which means ‘in the name of Allah in the beginning and in the end’ (Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud)

  • If the food is of one type then one should eat from his side of the plate (Bukhari, Muslim)
  • To say Alhamdulillah after every morsel and every sip (Muslim)
  • If a morsel falls on the floor one should pick it up, clean it and eat it (Muslim, Ibn Majah)
  • Not to criticize food (Bukhari)
  • Not to praise food in a greedy manner (sirat-ash-shami)
  • Not to sniff or smell the food (Kanz-al-Ummal)
  • To eat in such a way that one third of the stomach is for food, another third for water and the final third left for breathing (zad-al-ma’ad)
  • To clean the food thoroughly ensuring no food goes to waste (Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
  • To lick the fingers after eating, beginning with the middle finger, then the index finger and finally the thumb (Muslim, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
  • After eating recite the following duaa: ‘Alhamdulillah hillathee at amanaa wa saqaana wajalnaa minul muslimeen’ Which means ‘praise be to Allah who gave us food and drink and made us muslims’ (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Ibn as Sunni)

Another duaa which can be recited is: ‘Alhamdulillah hillathee huwa ashba’na wa arwana wa an ama alayna wa afdhala’ Which means ‘praise be to Allah who filled our stomachs, quenched our thirsts, rewarded us and gave us plentiful’ If this duaa is recited then there will be no accountability of the food eaten on the day of judgement

Another duaa is: ‘Allahumma baarik lana fihi wa at imna khayramm min’ Which means ‘oh Allah grant us blessings in it and grant us better than it’ (Tirmidhi)

Respected brothers and sisters, Almighy Allah has given us such a deen that Rasoolullah salalaho alayhi wasallam has set a guideline methodology for every action. If we simply adhere to the sunnah whilst eating then even our eating can become ibadah and we can gain reward simply by eating and drinking.

Rasoolullah salalaho alayhi wasallam said ‘Whoever adheres to my sunnah when my ummah is corrupt will have the reward of a hundred martyrs.’ May Allah enable us all to act upon this, ameen


Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Sunnah


3 responses to “Sunan Of Eating

  1. mohsin

    June 9, 2012 at 8:51 AM


  2. Hajjah Umm Amir

    February 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Reblogged this on Hajjah Umm Amir.

  3. bint-e- Faisal

    August 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    salam, is it true that one should not drink water after ne has eaten, in fact one should drink before or in the middle?


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