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Sunnats of Eating

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Sunnats of Eating


[Ahadith from Tirmidhi with commentary from “Khasaa’il-e-Nabawi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam” by Sheikhul Hadith, Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi Rahmatullah Alayh]


Anas Radiyallahu Anhu says: “Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to lick his three fingers after having eaten”.

It was the noble habit of Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam to eat only with three fingers although we do find some narrations that mention that he used five fingers also. The benefit of eating with three fingers is that the amount taken (morsel) will be less and one will not eat more than necessary. Imaam Nawawi says: “We gather from these Ahadith that it is mustahab to eat with three fingers.” For this reason the fourth and fifth fingers should not be used unnecessarily. If such food is eaten, where it is difficult to use only three fingers, then there is no harm in using more. Mulla ‘Ali Qaari has written that to eat with five fingers is a sign of greediness.


The fingers are to be licked as such: First the middle finger, then the Shahadah finger and then the thumb. It was the noble habit of the master Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam to use these three fingers.

Khattaabi says: “Some foolish people do not like to lick their fingers. They think it is disgraceful, but they do not reason that the food that is on their fingers is the same food they have been eating. There is nothing new on it.”

Ibn Hajar says: If someone thinks of his own deed as disgraceful, it could be discussed, but to think of any act of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam as disgraceful is dangerous and may even lead one to Kufr (disbelief). [Jam’ul Wasaa-il]


May Allah Ta’ala grant us the Taufeeq to practice on this Sunnah.

Categories: Hadeeth/Sunnah

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