Eating Etiquettes in Islam

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  • A Muslim should begin eating with the name of Allah. As the Prophet Muhammad (saw) 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 (Bismillah awwalahu wa Akhirahoo).” [Narrated by Aaisha and collected by Aboo Dawood]
  • The best way to eat food is to use fingers. The Companion, lbn Ka’ab ibn Maalik reported that he saw the Messenger (saw) eating with three fingers and when he finished, he would lick them. [Saheeh Muslim]
  • Use right hand. The Prophet, (saw) said: “Do not eat with your left hand for shaitaan eats with his left hand,” [Saheeh Muslim]
  • Always eat food from a certain side of the plate which 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. [Aboo Dawood]
  • Don’t criticize the food. Aboo Hurairah, radhiAllahu ‘anhu reported that the Prophet (saw) never found fault with food. If he liked it, he would eat it, but if he disliked it, he just left it.
  • Shaitan is everywhere esp. while we are eating. He waits for the opportunity to grasp something from us and have his belly filled. This is why the Prophet, (saw) commanded us never to waste food, because food that we waste is eaten by shaitaan. He (saw) said: “The shaitaan is present with everyone of you in everything he does; he is even present when he eats food, so if any on of you drops a mouthful, he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave it for the devil; and when he finishe, he should lick his fingers for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing ties.” [Saheeh Muslim]
  • A Muslim should avoid overeating. The Prophet, (saw) said: “A Believer eats in one intestine, whereas a non-believer eats in seven intestines”. [Saheeh Muslim]
  • After eating say “Alhamdulillah”.
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