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Eating Habits And Diet Of The Prophet Muhammad (saw)

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BISMILLAAH

 

The Prophet’s (PBUH - peace be upon him) guidance with regard to food is perfect guidance. It was described by Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) as follows:

 

When he (the Prophet) put his hand in the food, he would say, “Bismillaah (in the Name of Allaah), and he told people to say this when eating. He said, “When any one of you eats, let him mention the name of Allaah. If he forgets to mention the name of Allaah at the beginning, let him say Bismillaahi fi awwalihi wa aakhirihi (in the name of Allaah at its beginning and at its end).†Saheeh hadeeth, narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1859) and Abu Dawood (3767).

 

The correct view is that it is obligatory to mention the name of Allaah (say Bismillaah) when eating. The ahaadeeth which state this are saheeh (authentic) and are clear, with no contradictions in them.

 

When he raised the food to his mouth, he would say, Allaah be praised with an abundant, beautiful, blessed praise. He is the One Who is Sufficient, Who feeds and is never fed, The One Who is longed for, along with that which is with Him, and the One Who is needed. He is Our Lord, may He be glorified. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5142).

 

He never criticized food at all. If he liked it, he would eat it, and if he did not like it, he would leave it and not say anything. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3370) and Muslim (2064).

 

Or he would say, “I do not feel like eating this.†Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5076) and Muslim (1946).

 

Sometimes he would praise the food, as when he asked his family for food, and they said, “We have nothing but vinegar.†He asked for it and started to eat it, saying, “What a good food is vinegar.†Narrated by Muslim (2052)

 

And he said to his step-son ‘Umar ibn Abi Salamah (ra - may Allah be pleased with him) when he was eating with him: “Say Bismillaah and eat from that which is in front of you in the dish*.†Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5061) and Muslim (2022). [* At the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), people used to eat together from one dish, and children would sometimes forget the correct etiquette. - Translator]

 

He would repeatedly urge his guests to eat, as generous hosts do, and as is seen in the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah (ra - May Allah be pleased with him), narrated by al-Bukhaari, about the story of drinking milk, where he repeatedly said to him, “Drink†and he kept telling him to drink until he (the guest) said, “By the One Who sent you with the truth, I have no more room for it!†Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6087).

 

When he ate with others, he would not leave until he had made du’aa’ (supplication) for them. He made du’aa in the house of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Bisr (ra), and said: “O Allaah, bless for them that which You have provided for them, forgive them and have mercy on them.†Narrated by Muslim (2042).

 

He commanded people to eat with their right hands and forbade them to eat with their left hands. He said, “The Shaytaan (the devil) eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.†Narrated by Muslim (2020). This implies that eating with the left hand is haraam (forbiden), and this is the correct view, because the one who eats with his left hand is either a shaytaan (a devil), or he is imitating the Shaytaan.

 

It was also reported in a saheeh hadeeth that he told a man who was eating with his left hand in his presence, “Eat with your right hand!†The man said, “I cannot.†He said, “May you never be able to!†– and the man never lifted his right hand to his mouth after that. Narrated by Muslim (2021). If it was permissible (to eat with the left hand), he would not have prayed against him for doing so. It was the man’s stubborn arrogance that made him refuse to obey the command, and this is the utmost disobedience which deserved this prayer against him.

 

He commanded those who complained that they never felt full to eat together and not separately, and to mention the name of Allaah (say Bismillaah) over the food so that He might bless it for them.†Narrated by Abu Dawood (3764) and Ibn Maajah (3286).

 

It was also reported that he said, “I do not eat reclining.†Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5083.

 

He used to eat using the first three fingers (of his right hand), which is the best way of eating.

 

The Prophet’s guidance regarding diet:

 

 

 

1, The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to know what he was eating.

 

2, He used to eat what was good for him.

 

3, He used to eat enough to keep him going, but no so much as to make him fat. Ibn ‘Umar (ra - may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer eats in one stomach whilst the kaafir (dis-believer) eats in seven.†Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5081) and Muslim (2060).

 

4, He taught his ummah something to protect them from diseases caused by eating and drinking. He said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.†Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1381), Ibn Maajah (3349);

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He commanded people to eat with their right hands and forbade them to eat with their left hands. He said, “The Shaytaan (the devil) eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.†Narrated by Muslim (2020). This implies that eating with the left hand is haraam (forbiden), and this is the correct view, because the one who eats with his left hand is either a shaytaan (a devil), or he is imitating the Shaytaan.

What about left handed people??

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the left hand should be reserved for removing dirt, as when cleaning oneself after going to the toilet (istinja’) and blowing one’s nose and other kinds of cleaning oneself and removing dirt. How can a person use that which is used for removing dirt and impurities for putting food in his mouth?

 

Hafsah (may Allaah be pleased with her), the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to use his right hand for eating, drinking and getting dressed and his left hand for everything else. (Reported by Abu Dawood, no. 30)

 

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

 

“This is a fixed rule in sharee’ah. It has to do with honourable things such as putting on one’s shirt, trousers and shoes, entering the Masjid, using siwaak, applying kohl, … combing and styling one’s hair, … shaving the head, giving salaam at the end of prayer, washing oneself in ghusl or wudoo’, leaving the toilet, eating, drinking, shaking hands, acknowledging the Black Stone, and other things where we are encouraged to use the right hand or start with the right. As for the opposite [things that are not honourable], such as entering the toilet, leaving the Masjid, blowing one’s nose, washing oneself after using the toilet, taking off one's shirt, trousers and shoes, and so on, then we should start with the left or use the left hand. All of this has to do with honouring the right hand or right side.â€

 

Some people may have a real problem that prevents them from using their right hand, such as being paralyzed and so on. In this case they are excused and there is no blame on them. Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “If he has an excuse for not eating and drinking with his right hand, such as sickness or an injury, then this is not makrooh…â€

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4, He taught his ummah something to protect them from diseases caused by eating and drinking. He said: “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.†Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (1381), Ibn Maajah (3349)

 

Does this mean to only eat when one is truly hungry? And only eat once or twice a day like in Ramadan?

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Astaghfirallah, until now I've been eating with my left hand. I'm a left-handed person. I should start eating with my right hand now.

 

Do I need to also write with my right hand, or is it okay to write with my left hand?

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:D

 

JazakAllahKahir sis Zabrina for sharing this with us... :D

 

Astaghfirallah, until now I've been eating with my left hand. I'm a left-handed person. I should start eating with my right hand now.

 

Do I need to also write with my right hand, or is it okay to write with my left hand?

 

About writing, to my knowledge I have not come across anything that says we cannot write with our left hand.

 

But for eating, it is sunnah to eat with our right hand.

InshaAllah I hope this helps...

 

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