Lesson no. 41 Eating habits & teachings of Prophet ﷺ

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Nabi ﷺ’s teachings about Eating / Drinking : -

Wash hands before & after the meals or do wazoo:-

1. Salmaan Faarisi رضي الله عنه says that "I have read in-the Tauraah, that performing wazoo (washing the hands) after eating increases blessings. I mentioned this to Nabiﷺ & Heﷺ said: "Wazoo before and after eating (washing the hands and mouth) increases blessings."
[Shamaa’il Muhammadiyah: 187; Book. 27; Eng Book. 26; Hadees. 178]

Wazoo before & after the breakfast to bring Barkat in the house: -

2. Kathir Bin Sulaim رضي الله عنه narrated that he heard Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه say that Nabiﷺ said, ‘Whoever would like Allah to increase the goodness of his house, should perform ablution (wash hands) when his breakfast is brought to him and when it is taken away.’”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3384; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3260]

Eating after toilets or first pass out the natural urges: -

3. Narrated by Jabir Ibn Abdullah رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ came out from the valley of a mountain where he had eased himself. There were some dried dates on a shield before us. We called him and Heﷺ ate with us. Heﷺ did not touch water.
[Abu Dawud: 3762; Book. 28; English Book. 27; Hadees. 3753]

If you forget to recite Bismillah at the start of meal: -

4. Narrated by Umayyah Ibn Makhshi that Umayyah رضي الله عنه was sitting and a man was eating. He did not mention Allah's name until there remained the last morsel. When he raised it to his mouth, he said:

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ أَوَّلَهُ وَآخِرَهُ 

Translation: (In the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end of it). Nabiﷺ laughed and said: The devil kept eating along with him, but when he mentioned Allah's name, he vomited what was in his belly).
[Abu Dawud: 3768; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3759]
The scientist Masaru Emoto & his team of Japan found out that, the Muslims recites BISMILLAH before eating/drinking. He says that after saying BISMILLAH on regular water, there are some strange changes happened in the quality of regular water. That make it best water.

About Dastarkhwaan (a thin sheet of leather) to be spread: -

5. Narrated by Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ never took his meals on a dining table, nor in small plates, and Heﷺ never ate thin wellbaked bread. (The sub-narrator asked Qatada, "Over what did they use to take their meals?" Qatada said, "On leather dining sheets (Dastarkhwaan)."
[Bukhari: 5415; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 326]
6. Narrated by Abu Umamah رضي الله عنه that whenever the dining sheet (dastarkhwaan) of Nabiﷺ was taken away (i.e., whenever Heﷺ finished his meal), Heﷺ used to say:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ، غَيْرَ مَكْفِيٍّ، وَلاَ مُوَدَّعٍ وَلاَ مُسْتَغْنًى عَنْهُ، رَبَّنَا

Translation: “Praise be to Allah abundantly and sincerely, of such a nature as is productive of blessing, is not insufficient, Abandoned, or ignored, O our lord.”
[Bukhari: 5458; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 368]

7. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that Nabiﷺ forbade standing up before the food had been cleared away.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3419; Book. 29; In Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3294]
(means first pick all the remaining eatables & pick the Dastarkhwaan & than get up).
8. Narrated by Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, “When a meal is served, a man should not stand up until it is removed, and he should not take his hand away, even if he is full, until the people have finished. And let him continue eating, for the man, may make his companion shy, causing him to withhold his hand and perhaps he may need more food”.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3420; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3295]

About eating from right hand only & initiating work with right hand: -

9. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that Nabiﷺ used to love to start doing things from the right side whenever possible, in performing ablution, putting on his shoes, and combing his hair. (Al-Ash'ath says Nabiﷺ used to do so in all his affairs).
[Bukhari: 5380; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 292]
(Please read science & Hadees column given further).

Avoid eating with left hand & eat with right hand: -

10. Jabir Bin Abdullah رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ said, Do not eat with your left hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand.
[Muslim 2019; Book. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 5007]
11. Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ said, when any one of you intends to eat (meal), he should eat with his right hand and when he (intends) to drink he should drink with his right hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.
[Muslim 2020 A; Book. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 5008]

Eat with right hand 3 fingers & licking the fingers: -

12. Kaa’b Bin Malik رضي الله عنه said that Nabiﷺ used to eat with three fingers and not wipe His before licking it (the fingers).
[Abu Dawud: 3848 Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3839]

About eating for own side:-

13. Narrated by Umar Bin Abi Salma رضي الله عنه I was a boy under the care of Nabiﷺ and my hand used to go around the dish while I was eating. Nabiﷺ said to me, 'O boy! Mention the Name of Allah and eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is in front of you." Since then I have applied those instructions when eating.
[Bukhari: 5376; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 288]

Avoid eating from the middle of the plate or else: -

14. Narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said “Indeed the blessing descends at the middle of the food, (plate) so eat from our front , and do not (eat) from its middle”.
[Tirmizi: 1805; Book. 25; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23, Hadees. 1805]

When some food drops from hand:-

15. Jabir رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ said, When any one of you drops a mouthful (food particles) he should pick it up and remove any of the filth on it, and then eat it, and should not leave it for the Satan, and should not wipe his hand with towel until he has licked his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of the food the blessing lies.
[Muslim 2033 B; Book. 36; English; Book. 23; Hadees. 5043]
16. Jabir رضي الله عنه reported I heard Nabiﷺ saying, shaitaan is present with any one of you in everything he does; he is present even when he eats food; so if any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove away anything filthy on it and eat it and not leave for the devil; and when he finishes (food) he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of his food the blessing lies.
[Muslim 2033 D; Book. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 5046]

Avoid eating full stomach: -

17. Malik Bin Dinar relates that Nabiﷺ never ever filled his stomach with bread, nor with meat except in the situation of dafaf. Malik Bin Dinar asked a Bedouin man: What is dafaf? He responded: That he would eat with the people.
[Shamaa’il Muhammadiyah: 72; Book no. 9; Eng Book. 9; Hadees. 68]
18. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها says that Nabiﷺ & His family never ate full stomach (barley bread) for two consecutive days.
[Shamaa’il Muhammadiyah: 143; Book no. 25; Eng Book. 24; Hadees. 135]
19. Miqdam Bin Madikarib رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ said “Human fills no worse vessel than his stomach, few mouthful morsels are enough to keep the spine straight, if you want to fill it then fill 1/3 with food, 1/3 with water & keep 1/3 for air”.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3474; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3349]

About Burping:-

20. Narrated that Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه says that “A man burped in the presence of Nabiﷺ & Heﷺ said control your Burps & do not eat full stomach because these people will be most hunger on the judgment day.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3475; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3350]

About cleaning the plates & bowls: -

21. Narrated by Umm Asim that Nubaishah رضي الله عنه, the freed slave of Nabiﷺ entered upon us when we were eating from a bowl. He said that Nabiﷺ said: “Whoever eats from a bowl and cleans it, the bowl will pray for forgiveness for him.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3396; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3271]
The plate should be licked with finger.

About licking the fingers after meal: -

22. Ibn Kaa'b Bin Malik رضي الله عنه reported on the authority of his father that he saw Nabiﷺ licking his three fingers (after having finished the food).
[Muslim 2032 A; Book. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 5039]
23. Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه says that when Nabiﷺ ate food, Heﷺ licked his three fingers. And Heﷺ said, if the morsel of one of you falls down, one should wipe away anything injurious on it and eat it and not leave it for the devil. And ordered us to clean the dish, for one of you does not leave it for the devil. And also ordered us to clean the dish, for one of you does not know in what part of his food the blessing lays.
[Abu Dawud: 3845; Book. 28; Engl Book. 27; Hadees. 3836]
24. Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ When one of you eats; he must not wipe his hand with a handkerchief till he licks it or gives it to someone to lick.
[Abu Dawud: 3847; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3838]
25. Hazrat Kaa’b Bin Malik رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ licked His fingers thrice (after eating) & Hazrat Anas رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ licked His three fingers after meal.
[Shamaa’il Muhammadiyah; 137, 138; Book. 24; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 130 & 131]

Dua to be recited before & after meals & praise Allah: -

26. Narrated Abu Saeed Al-Khudri رضي الله عنه says that Nabiﷺ use to finish his food, Heﷺ said (use to recite)

‏ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا مُسْلِمِينَ ‏"‏

Translations:Praise be to Allah Who has given us food and drink and made us Muslims."
[Abu Dawud: 3850; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3841]
27. Narrated by Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said “Indeed Allah is pleased with the slave who, upon eating his food or drinking his drink, he praises Him (Allah) for it”.
[Tirmizi: 1816; Book. 25, Hadees. 30; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23, Hadees. 1816]
28. Narrated from Sahl Bin Mu’adh Bin Anas Al-Juhani رضي الله عنه from his father, that Nabiﷺ said whoever eats food & recites the following his previous sins will be forgiven

"‏ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي أَطْعَمَنِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِنْ غَيْرِ حَوْلٍ مِنِّي وَلاَ قُوَّةٍ غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ ‏"‏ ‏.‏

Translation: Praise is to Allah Who has fed me this and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part. Translation: Praise is to Allah Who has fed me this and provided it for me without any strength or power on my part.
29. Narrated from Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما that Nabi ﷺ said, “Whoever is given food by Allah, let him say:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَارْزُقْنَا خَيْرًا مِنْهُ

Translation: (O Allah, bless it for us and provide us with something better than it).
And whoever is given milk to drink, let him say:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِيهِ وَزِدْنَا مِنْهُ

Translation: (O Allah, bless it for us and give us more of it). For I do not know of any food or drink that suffices, apart from milk.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3447; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3322]

Gargle after meals & drinking milk: -

30. Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم use to gargle after drinking milk & meals.
[Bukhari: 5454, 5609; Book. 70, 74; Eng vol. 1, 7; Book. 65, 69; Hadees. 365, 514]

Eating together & avoid eating separately: -

31. Narrated Wahshi Ibn Harb رضي الله عنه that once Sahabah asked to Nabiﷺ, we eat but we are not satisfied. Heﷺ replied that, Perhaps you eat separately. They replied: Yes. Heﷺ said: If you gather together at your food and mention Allah's name, you will be blessed in it. Abu Dawud said: If you are invited to a wedding feast, do not take (eat) it until the owner of the house (i.e. the host) allows you (to eat).
[Abu Dawud: 3764; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3755]
32. Wahshi Bin Harb Bin Wahshi Bin Harb narrated from his father, from his grandfather رضي الله عنه, that they said: “O Nabiﷺ we eat and do not feel full.” Heﷺ said, “Perhaps you eat separately?” They said: “Yes.” He said: “Gather to eat together, and mention the Name of Allah over it, then it will be blessed for you.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3411; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3286]

Special Notes: -

Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم liked dish: -

33. Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه that the food Nabiﷺ liked, the best was sareed made from bread and sareed made from Hays.
[Abu Dawud: 3783; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3774]

Two types of dishes not eaten by Nabiﷺ: -

34. Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ forbade two kinds of food; to sit at cloth on which wine is drunk; and to eat by a man while lying on his stomach.
[Abu Dawud: 3774; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3765]

Nabiﷺ never criticized any food item: -

35. Narrated by Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ never criticized any food (he was invited to) but Heﷺ used to eat if Heﷺ liked the food, and leave it if Heﷺ disliked it. "
[Bukhari: 5409; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 320]

Never eat on table & etc: -

36. Narrated by Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺnever took His meals at a dining table, nor in small plates, and Heﷺ never ate thin wellbaked bread. (The sub-narrator asked Qatada, "Over what did they use to take their meals?" Qatada said, "On leather dining sheets (Dastarkhwaan)."
[Bukhari: 5415; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 326]

The food of Nabiﷺ & His family: -

37. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that the family of Nabiﷺ did not ate their full (stomach) for three successive days till His last time).
[Bukhari: 5374; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 287]
38. Narrated by Abu Hazim that he asked Sahl رضي الله عنه, "Did you use white flour during the lifetime of Nabiﷺ?" Sahl replied, "No, than Hazim asked, "Did you use to sift barley flour?" He said, "No, but we used to blow off the husk (of the barley).
[Bukhari: 5410; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 321]
39. Hazrat Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه says that Rasoolullahﷺ & His family spent many consecutive nights without food, & the bread (Khabuz) they ate was mostly of barely.
[Shamaa’il Muhammadiyah: 145; Book. 25; Eng Book. 24; Hadees. 137]

Eat with fingers & not with knife etc: -

40. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that Nabiﷺ said, do not eat meat with a knife, for it is a foreign practice, but bite it, for it is more beneficial and wholesome.
[Abu Dawud: 3778; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3769]

Increase the quantity of gravy for neighbors: -

41. Narrated by Abu Zarr رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, “When you make broth, add more water and give some to your neighbor.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3487; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3362]

Never Exhale on food or on drinks: -

42. Narrated by Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ never blew onto His food or drink, and Heﷺ did not breathe into the vessel.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3413; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3288]

Avoid eating in lying position & with back support:-

43. Narrated from Saaleem that his father رضي الله عنه said that Nabiﷺ forbade a man from eating while lying down on his face.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3495; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3370]
44. Narrated by Abu Juhaifah رضي الله عنه that Nabi ﷺ said “As for me, I do not eat while reclining (not in lying position or with back support nor bending backwards).
[Tirmizi: 1830; Book. 25, Hadees. 46; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23, Hadees. 1830]

Avoid throwing of food: -

45. Narrated by A’isha رضي الله عنها that Nabiﷺ entered the house and saw a piece of bread that had been thrown (on the floor). Heﷺ picked it up, wiped it and ate it, and said: ‘O A’isha, show honor to the precious (i.e., food), for is, the blessing of food departs from people, it never comes back.’
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3478; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3353]

Food as Charity: -

46. Narrated by Abu Musa Al-Ashari رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said "Give food to the hungry, pay a visit to the sick and release (set free) the one in captivity (by paying his ransom).
[Bukhari: 5373; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 286]

Eating with servants: -

47. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, "When your servant brings your food to you, if you do not ask him to join you, then at least ask him to take one or two handfuls, for he has suffered heat (while cooking it) and has taken pains to cook it nicely."
[Bukhari: 5460; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 370]
48. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ said, if the servant of any of you prepares food for you, and he brings it to you, while he had suffered its heat and smoke. You should make him sit with you to eat. If the food is scanty, you should put one or two morsels in his hand.
[Abu Dawud: 3846; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3837]
49. Ismail Bin Abu Khalid narrated from his father رضي الله عنه “I heard Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه say that Nabiﷺ said, “When the servant of anyone of you brings your food, let make him sit by your side and eat with him, and if he refuses then let give him some.”
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3414; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3289]

Difference in eating of a Muslim & Non-Muslim:-

Meals of 1 person are enough for 2 & so on: -

50. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, "The food for two persons is sufficient for three, and the food of three persons is sufficient for four persons."
[Bukhari: 5392; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 304]
51. Jabir رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ as saying, Food for one (person) suffices two, and food for two (persons) suffices four persons and food for four persons suffices eight persons.
[Muslim: 2059 D; Book. 36; English; Book. 23; Hadees. 5112]

Eating of a Muslim & Non-Muslim: -

52. Narrated by Ibn Umar رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food), and a kafir (unbeliever) or a hypocrite eats in seven intestines (eats too much).
[Bukhari: 5394; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 306]
53. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that a man used to eat much, but when he embraced Islam, he started eating less. That was mentioned to Nabiﷺ who then said, "A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with a little food) and a Kafir eats in seven intestines (eats much). "
[Bukhari: 5397; Book. 70; English vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 309]
54. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ had a disbeliever as a guest & Nabiﷺ ordered sheep milk for him, he drank it & wanted more & (more) milk was drawn from other sheep & given to him & he wanted more & like this 7 sheep milk was drawn & drank by the guest. Then he woke the next morning & accepted Islam, & again sheep milk was given to him & again milk was given but this time he could not drink the milk for the second time & Nabiﷺ said The believer drinks (or eats) with 1 intestine & the disbeliever with 7 intestines”.
[Tirmizi: 1819; Book. 25; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23, Hadees. 1819]

Rules & regulations: -

If rat or fly fell in the food substances: -

55. Hazrat Maimunah رضي الله عنها said, a mouse fell into clarified butter, Nabiﷺ was informed about it, Heﷺ said, Throw what is around it ( & the mouse) and eat (the butter) .
[Abu Dawud: 3841; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3832]
(Means we should throw the mouse & the surrounding it & use the butter).
56. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, When a mouse falls into clarified butter, if it is solid, throw the mouse and what is around it (throw) away, but if it is in a liquid state, do not go near it.
[Abu Dawud: 3842; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3833]
57. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that Nabiﷺ said, when a fly falls in anyone’s vessel (food or drink) he should plunge the fly fully in the food or drink, for in one of its wings there is a disease, and in the other is a cure. It prevents the wing of it in which there is cure, so plunge it all in (the vessel).
[Abu Dawud: 3844; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3835.
(means the fly when falls in the food it puts its wing which has disease & keeps the wing which has cure upside, so we should dip it full in the food or liquid & throw it & we can use the food substance).

Eating & Isha Salah: -

58. Narrated by Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, If supper is served and the Iqama for (Isha) prayer is proclaimed, start with you supper first."
[Bukhari: 5463; Book. 70; In Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 373]

Do not eat in gold & silver plates: -

59. Narrated by Abdul Rehman Bin Abi Laila رضي الله عنه that Nabiﷺ said, "Do not wear silk or Dibaja, and do not drink in silver or golden vessels, and do not eat in plates of such metals, for such things are for the unbelievers in this worldly life and for us in the Hereafter."
[Bukhari: 5426; Book. 70; Eng vol. 7; Book. 65; Hadees. 337]

About invitation & feast:-

60. Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه said, The worst kind of food is that at a marriage feast, rich are invited and poor are left out. If anyone does not attend the feast to which he was invited, he has disobeyed Allah and His Nabiﷺ.
[Abu Dawud: 3742; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3733]

Food to be avoided: -

61. Narrated by Qabisah Ibn Halb رضي الله عنه that a man asked Nabiﷺ is there any food from which I should keep myself away? I heard Nabiﷺ replying, anything which creates doubt should not occur in your mind by which you resemble Christianity.
[Abu Dawud: 3784; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3775]

First Fruit of the season: -

62. Narrated by Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه that when first fruit (of season) were brought to Nabi ﷺ, & Nabi ﷺ would say

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي مَدِينَتِنَا وَفِي ثِمَارِنَا وَفِي مُدِّنَا وَفِي صَاعِنَا بَرَكَةً مَعَ بَرَكَةٍ ‏"

Translation: Oh! Allah bless us in our city Madinah & in our fruits, in our Mud & in our Sa blessing upon blessing) then Nabi ﷺ would give the fruit to the smallest of the child present.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3454; Book. 29; Eng vol. 4; Book. 29; Hadees no. 3329]

Watermelon & dates: -

63. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها narrates that Nabi ﷺ used to eat watermelon (البطيخ) with fresh ripen dates (الرطب).
[Tirmizi: 1843: Book. 25; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23; Hadees. 1843]
64. Hazrat Anas رضي الله عنه narrated that Nabi ﷺ ate Musk-melon (الْخِرْبِز) & fresh ripen dates (الرُّطَب) together.
[Shama'il Muhammadiyah: 199; Book. 30; Eng Book: 29; Hadees. 190]
65. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها narrated that Nabi ﷺ use to eat watermelon (البطيخ) with fresh ripen dates (الرُّطَب) & use to say, heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other.
[Abu Dawud: 3836; Book. 28; Eng Book. 27; Hadees. 3827]

Tamar & Zubd (dried ripen dates & Butter): -

66. Narrated by 2 sons of Busar that Nabi ﷺ visited Hazrat Busar’s home, they presented dried ripen dates (تمر) & butter (زبد) in honor of Nabiﷺ because both were liked (together) by Nabi ﷺ.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3459; Book. 29; English vol. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3334]

Qissa’a & Rutab (Fresh ripen dates & cucumber): -

67. Hazrat Abdullah Bin Jafar  says that Rasoolullah ﷺ use to eat cucumber (القثاء) with fresh ripen dates (الرطب).
[Tirmizi: 1844; Book. 25; Eng vol. 3; Book. 23, Hadees. 1844]
68. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها ate cucumber (القثاء) & fresh ripen dates (الرطب) together to gain weight & she successfully gained weight.
[Ibn Ma-jah: 3449; Book. 29; Eng volume. 4; Book. 29, Hadees. 3324]

On Empty stomach & early morning : -

About Dates: -

69. Hazrat Aamir Bin Saad Abu Waqqas رضي الله عنه heard from his father that Nabi ﷺ said that anyone who eats 7 dates (تمر) daily, which grow between these two lava plains (two Madinah (المدينه) mountains) empty stomach, early morning, than till evening, will not be affected with poisoning (سبم) & black magic (سحر) (witch craft) & if eats at evening, will safe from poison (سُمٌّ) & black magic (سحر) (witch craft) till morning.
[Muslim: 2047 A; Book no. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees no. 5080]
70. Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما says that Rasoolullah ﷺ guided that eat dates (تمر) on empty stomach early morning, by this worm of stomach get killed.
[Musnad Firdous: 4813]
71. Hazrat A'isha رضي الله عنها says that Rasoolullah ﷺ guided that The Ajwah dates of 'Aliya' contain healing effects and these are antidote (for poisoning) if eaten early morning.
[Muslim: 2048; Book. 36; Eng Book. 23; Hadees. 5083]
72. Hazrat Saad رضي الله عنه says that Rasoolullah ﷺ guided that eat 7 Ajwah (عجوة) (dates) early morning empty stomach, that day, the person will be saved from poisoning (سم) & black Magic (سحر) (witch craft).
[Bukhari: 5769; Book no. 76; Eng vol. 7; Book. 71; Hadees. 664]

Eating Bathikh (watermelon) on empty stomach: -

73. Nabi ﷺ guided that eating watermelon (البطيخ) before meal (empty stomach) cleans the stomach & removes diseases.
[Faizul Qadeer: 10014]

Best Time to eat Safarjal (Quince): -

74. Hazrat Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه says that Nabi ﷺ said, to eat Quince (السفرجل) early morning on empty stomach.
[Kanz al-Ummal: 28259]
75. Hazrat Ibn Umar رضي الله عنهما says that wet cupping (الحجامة) (hijamah) on empty stomach is best for cure, (& has) blessing & improves memory & intellect.
[Ibn Ma-jah 3616; Book. 31; Eng vol. 4; Book. 31, Hadees. 3487]

Guggul on empty stomach: -

76. Hazrat Anas Bin Malik رضي الله عنه says that they were in Nabi ﷺ’s company, one person came & complaint about his weak memory (النسيان) to Nabi ﷺ & Heﷺ replied “Take Kandar (الكندر) (Guggul), soak it in water, overnight & drink this water at morning empty stomach because it is best for Nisyaan (النسيان) (lack of memory).
[At-Tibb Al-Nabawi (Al-Jawzi) volume 1; page no. 294]

Scientific benefits of taking medicine on empty stomach early morning:-

Some medicines need to be taken before food or on an empty stomach. This is because food can affect the way these medicines work.
For example, taking some medicines after meals may prevent your stomach and intestines absorbing the medicine, making it less effective. Alternatively, some foods can interact with your medicine, either by increasing or decreasing the amount of medicine in your blood to potentially dangerous levels or levels that are too low to be effective. Some foods can neutralize the effect of certain medicines. Some examples of foods or drinks which can interact with medicines include: grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, foods high in vitamin K such as leafy green vegetables, salt substitutes or food supplements high in potassium such as bananas.
As a general rule, medicines that are supposed to be taken on an empty stomach should be taken about an hour before a meal, or two hours after a meal. Forgetting these instructions on rare occasions is unlikely to do any harm, but taking these medicines with food regularly may mean they don't work.

Conclusions of Hadees from Shamail-e-Kubra :-

1. It is Sunnah to wash both hands before (poverty will not occur) & after eating.
[Shamail-e- Kubra; vol. 1; page. 63, 64]
2. It is Sunnah & taught by Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم to fill the 1/3 stomach by eating, 1/3 by water & keep 1/3 for air (means empty) & Nabiﷺ ate only when felt hungry & never ate full stomach. Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم ate simple & inexpensive food.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 190, 200]
3. When eating together the food should be served first to the most pious person.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 98-99]
4. One should remove shoes before eating.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 85]
5. It is makrooh (disliked) to eat bareheaded.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; volume no. 1; page no. 225>
6. Once the bread (or etc) is placed on the dastarkhwaan one should begin eating & should not wait for curry etc.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 95]
7. It is Sunnah to recite the following Dua before meal بِسْمِ اللَّهِ وَعَلَى بَرَكَةِ اللَّهِ
Shamail-e-Kubra; volume no. 1; page no. 225]
8. It is reported that Nabiﷺ used to recite يَا وَاسِعَ الْمَغْفِرَةِ after eating the first morsel.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 227]
9. It is Sunnah for husband & wife to share the plates & chew off meat from the same spot.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 99]
10. Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم said eating in market place is immodesty.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page no. 85]
11. Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم prohibited eating steaming hot food & said that there are no blessings in it & prohibited to blow on food.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 86 & 87]
12. Sometimes Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم could eat dates while walking.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 161]
13. Hazrat A’isha رضي الله عنها says that the first Sunnah broken after Nabiﷺ was eating full stomach.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 191]
14. Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم disliked over eating very much that the servants who use to over eat would be discarded from the service.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 193-194]
15. One should not wash hands after meals in the utensils in which the food was eaten.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 65]
16. After meals middle finger of right hand should be licked first followed by index than thumb, if other fingers are also used than lick ring & little finger, 3 times & also clean the plates, the plates etc will seek forgiveness for you.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 71, 72, 73]
17. One should not sleep immediately after eating & do some zikr or offer Salah is best.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 94]
18. One can pick the teeth with a tooth pick & those particle should not be eaten & gargle the mouth after eating.
[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 94]
19. When dinning at someone’s house recite the following Dua: -
[Shamail-e-Koebra; vol. 1; page. 236]
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Translation: O’ Allah! Bless them in what You have provided them with and forgive them and have mercy upon them.
20. Recite the following Dua while picking the Dastarkhwaan: -

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا طَيِّبًا مُبَارَكًا فِيهِ ، غَيْرَ مَكْفِيٍّ ، وَلا مُوَدَّعٍ ، وَلا مُسْتَغْنًى عَنْهُ ، رَبَّنَا عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

[Shamail-e-Kubra; vol. 1; page. 234]

Translation: Allah be praised with an abundant beautiful blessed praise. He is The One Who is sufficient, feeds and is not fed. The One Who is longed for, along with that which is with Him and The One Who is needed, He is our Lord

Scientific benefits of Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم eating habits: -

1. The food becomes neutralized when acidic food substances are mix with alkali food substances. Acidic food substances mean hot potency food substances & alkali food substances are cold potency food substances (mostly). The food becomes neutralized means nor hot nor cold. These types of food do not disturb the acid base balance of the body. The food becomes light to digest, easily distributed in the body, and reaches the cells of the body, easily metabolized in the body.
2. The simplest food we eat, the more, we will be disease free (as per the Sunnah of Prophet ﷺ). Nowadays there are various diseases like diabetes, thyroidism, cancers, auto immune diseases, asthma, allergies, kidney failures, vitiligo & etc are also caused by faulty habits of eating, means against the Sunnah of Prophet ﷺ.
3. We people eat fried, cooked, boiled, fermented (etc) foods together; this causes free radicals in our body & leads to deadly diseases like cancers, diabetes & etc.
4. We Muslims break our fast (iftaar) with a mixture of food substance like fried, cooked, boiled etc food substances, also mix a lot of varieties of fruits together, What will be the result we all know?
5. All teachings of Prophet ﷺ are beneficial for whole world, and when will we realize? Why new diseases are coming in the world? Are they not due to our faulty eating habits?
6. Nabi ﷺ is Prophet of not only Muslims, but Prophet of everybody, and we should respect him ﷺ and learn about His teachings and perform them. Are we not neglecting the eating habits of Prophet ﷺ? When we'll learn and teach to our children about eating habits of Prophet ﷺ. We and the world will became diseases free when we will start following the eating habits of Prophet ﷺ.

Science & Hadees regarding Eating Sunnah:-

Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم ate using his fingers and licks his fingers after meals: -

Eating & doing things with right hand: -

Let’s see if science helps us in finding any answer to Why Muslims are asked to use their right hand more than the other. What could be the wisdom behind this?

Nabi ﷺ ate using his right hand fingers and licked it after meals: -

A new scientific research has proven that our hands (especially the right hand) have enzymes that are also present in our saliva. In simpler words, the digestive process actually begins with our fingers as they break down the food that we eat. A simple method to see the effects of our hands on digestive process are as follows: -
1. Take 2 bowls filled with plain water, now put right hand in one bowl & left hand in other for sometime & see for any changes in the water, you will see some water changes in both the bowls but more in right hand bowl, these changes are due to digestive enzymes present on our fingers.
2. Now put some vegetables in both the bowls, & again dip the right & left hand in each bowl for sometime & see the changes on the vegetables, you will see that the vegetables gets softer more in right hand bowl means that our right hand has more active enzyme than left, so it is Sunnah to eat with right hand.
3. These enzymes help the digestive process & if we eat with spoon etc we lose the opportunity of the enzymes present on right fingers.
4. Also it is believed & proved that licking of right fingers after meals are good & beneficial for digestion & remember it is Sunnah. And it is a well known proverb (saying) "finger licking is good"!

Nabi صلى الله عليه وسلم taught us not to blow on our food: -

The carbon dioxide from our breath fuses with water vapour created by the hot meal. This creates carbon dioxide droplets that are heavy enough and will drop and enter into our food & the bacteria present in our mouth gets in our food when we blow in our food & get mixed with our food & gain entry in the stomach.
The scientist Masaru Emoto & his team of Japan found out that, the Muslims recites BISMILLAH before eating/drinking. He says that after saying BISMILLAH on regular water, there are some strange changes happened in the quality of regular water. That make it best water.

About Brain : -

As we know that science tells us that when we do exercise, it helps in keeping your body healthy. There are different types of exercises for every part of the body and if done over and over again, keeps that part more functional. Same goes with brain exercises, when you do them over and over again they help in developing connections in the brain. As there are two main lobes of the brain. Right and left.
According to a research: "The concept of right brain and left brain, thinking developed” that took place in the late 1960, by an American psycho biologist “Roger W Sperry”. He discovered that the human brain has two very different ways of thinking (functioning).
Please remember that the left lobe of brain acts on the movement of right side of the body & right lobe of brain acts on the movement of left side of the body (This is called as criss-cross system).
Right side brain: -
The right brain visualizes and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture & then the details. The right brain is referred to as the analog brain. It controls three-dimensional sense, creativity, and artistic senses to allow us to function as humans.
Means the right side brain is more active in imaginations (means to form a picture in the mind) about things or informations in intuitive way (means instant understanding or inspirations without actual thinking) both function takes place at the same time. The right hemisphere is mainly in charge of spatial abilities (means doing work in steps), face recognition and processing music. It performs some moths, but only rough estimations and comparisons. The right brain also helps us to comprehend visual imagery and make sense of what we see. It plays an important role in language, particularly in interpreting context and a person's tone.
Left side Brain: -
The left brain verbalizes and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. Sperry was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1981, although subsequent researches had shown things aren't quite as polarized as once thought (nor as simple)."
The left brain is also referred to as the digital brain. It controls reading and writing, calculation, and logical thinking. Means the left brain is more active in expressing things in words & processes information by analyzing & examining the work or things in proper order & do the work in regular way.
In general, the left hemisphere is dominant in language: processing what you hear and handling most of the duties of speaking. It's also in charge of carrying out logic and exact mathematical computations. When you need to retrieve a fact, your left brain pulls it from your memory.
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The brain's right hemisphere controls the muscles on the left side of the body, while the left hemisphere controls the muscles on the right side of the human body. When we blink the right eye, we use the left side of the brain because of the criss-cross wiring & due to this criss-cross wiring damage to one side of the brain affects the opposite side of the body.
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So to conclude when we use more the right hand it gives more exercises to left side of the brain making it & its functions stronger & eating & etc is Sunnah with right hand. And remember we use both hands equally while offering Salah. This is beauty of Sunnah of our Nabi ﷺ.
And it is Sunnah of Nabi ﷺ to start a good work with right hand by this we activate the left side brain & left side of brain is more active & powerful in analysis, logical thinking, doing work in proper order in regular way & etc. So by starting a good work with right hand or right leg helps us in positive response of brain.
The right handed person use their left side brain more & left handed person use their right side of the brain more, so right handed person are more logical, linear, good at math’s, calculation, language learning, good at words, do thing in order in regular way by mostly analyzing the work better, has good hand writing.
The left handed person are more creative, think holistic (means taking in consideration of all aspects), good at arts & work skill, better in visualizing, rhythmic, have mostly bad hand writing & work step by step.

Conclusion of Hadees: -

1. At least wash hands before & after meal or do wazoo, recite Bismillah before starting the meals, if Bismillah is forgotten than recite Bismillaah Awalo wa-aakhiro, eat from own side, eat with right hand three fingers, sit on the ground & eat, eat together, do not eat with a back support, nor in lying position, do not eat from the middle of the plate.
2. Ask your servant to eat with you, pass the natural need first than sit to eat, eat simple food, avoid eating full stomach, do not eat in gold, silver plates, spread a thin sheet of leather or cloth (dastarkhwaan), do not get up before your partners, first clear the remaining eatables followed by Dastarkhwaan than get up or leave the place, do not throw the food, praise Allah before, during & after meals, recite the Dua of before, after meal, than recite the Dua of picking up the dinning sheet (Dastarkhwaan). Follow the rules f Sunnah properly.
This lesson 76 has Hadees & 20 conclusion of Hadees