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07-15-2010, 10:11 AM
The Sunnat of Eating



To recite the following dua before eating: BISMILLAHEE WA ALAA BARAKATILLAH {Abu Dawood}

If one forgets to read Bismillah before eating then if remebers whilst eating he should recite the following dua: BISMILLAHEE AWWALAH WAL AAKHIRA {Tirmidhi}

After eating to recite the following dua:ALHAMDU LILLAH HILLADHEE AT AMANA WA SAQAANA WAJA ALNA MINAL MUSLIMEEN

To wash hands and gargle mouth before and after eating. {Tirmidhi}

To eat with the right hand similarly when taking food from and when giving to someone the right hand should be used. {Ibn Maja}

To sit on the floor and eat in any one of the following three ways:

To squat with the buttocks away from the ground

To sit on one leg having the other knee raised

To sit on both the legs as in the tashahhud posture. {Umdatul Qari}

To remove the shoes before eating. {Darimi}

When eating together the most pious or eldest should be made to begin. {Muslim}

If a variety of dishes are served then it is permissible to partake of any that he wishes leave that which he does not feel like eating without passing any remarks. {Tirmidhi}

To have vinegar and honey in the house is Sunnah. {Tirmidhi}

Steamy food should not be eaten, but one should eat after it cools. {Ahmad}

Do not blow onto any food. {Tirmidhi}

Whilst eating if any crumbs or pieces of food fall then these should be picked up and eaten and not left for the Shaytaan. {Ibn Maja}

The dastarkhan (food mat) should be spread on the floor as Rasulallah (Salaal Laahu Alaihi Wa Salaam) never ate on a table. {Shamail Tirmidhi}