Few noble habits about eating

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Hadrat Asma (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that whenever hot food was brought to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) he would keep it covered until the force of its steam had gone and used to say that there is great blessing in cold food. [Darim, Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “When food is set down, take off your sandals, for it gives more rest to your feet. [Ibn-e-Majah, Mishkat]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) did not drink water after taking meals as it affects digestion adversely. One should not drink water until the food is nearly digested. [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

He also used to take evening meals even if it comprised of a few dates. He used to say that giving up evening meals hastens old age. [Tirmizi, Sunan lbn Majah, Zadul Ma’ad]

If he found a date or a piece of bread lying in a clean place he would remove the dirt and eat it. [Muslim]

He advised people not to go to bed immediately after taking meals (as this increased sluggishness of heart). [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

Taking rest for a while after forenoon meal is reported from the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

One should be content with the food that is available being unmindful of its quality or quantity and should eat it as a bounty from ALLAH. [Malik]

One should always bear in mind that he eats to be fit enough to carry out the command of ALLAH. [Al-Targhi-wa-Tarhb]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to induce people to be sparing in diet and to say that let one third of the stomach be for food, one third for water and one third be left for the stomach itself (breathing). [Zaadul Ma’ad]

He used to take fruits and vegetables with their correctives. [Zadul Ma’ad]

Right hand should be used in giving food to somebody and similarly in taking food from somebody. [lbn-e-Majah]

Eating together brings blessings. [Abu Dawud]

The greater the number of hands at meals, the greater the blessings. [Mishkat]

Picking up whatever falls on the cloth or from a cup during eating and taking it brings reward (from ALLAH). In some traditions it occurs that this protects form poverty and leprosy and one who does so, his off spring is protected from being muddle headed and is favored with complete peace. [Madarijun Nabuwah]

Hadrat lbn Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that one who picks up and eats the things fallen on the cloth, gets handsome and beautiful children and he is protected from poverty. [Madarijun Nabuwah]

Hadrat Ali (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) has forbidden eating garlic unless it was cooked. [Tirmizi, Abu Dawud, Mishkat]

While eating together, an elderly and respectable person should be requested to begin eating. [Muslim]

While eating, if some eatable or a morsel falls down, it should be eaten after removing the dirt. It should not be left for the Satan. [lbn Majah, Muslim]

While taking meals, if someone drops in, he should be requested to join. [lbn Majah].

The people at meals should rise only after the cloth (spread for serving food) is removed. [lbn Majah]

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