Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [47-50]

47. Abstain from any speech or action which will cause disgust and revulsion to others around.

48. Avoid spitting or blowing the nose in the presence of others. If the need arises, it may be done whereby others are not inconvenienced.

49. If the need to sneeze arises, one should turn away from the food and others, and sneeze into one’s hand or a towel while suppressing to the best of one’s ability.

50. Piping hot food, which is difficult to eat, should be avoided until it has cooled down.

Juwayriyyah (r.a) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would dislike eating hot food until the effects of the heat would subside and the food would cool down. (Ṭabarānī)

Uqbah bin Āmir (r.a) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would dislike eating and drinking hot food. (Musnad Aḥmad)

When the daughter Abū Bakr (r.a.), Asmā (r.a.) would cook tharīd (a traditional Arab dish made from pieces of bread in a vegetable or meat broth), she would leave it covered until the effects of the heat would subside. She would then say: “I heard the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) saying, ‘This (i.e. allowing the effects of heat to subside) is means of more barakah (blessing).’” (Musnad Aḥmad, Dārimī, Ḥākim, Ibn Ḥibbān)

There are other narrations of a similar nature.

There is no harm in heating up cold food. However, eating piping hot food, which burns the hands and mouth, should be avoided. This has been proven to be medically harmful.

(Adapted from Khāne Pīne ke Ādāb by Muftī Muhammad Riḍwan. Published by Kutub Khāna Idāra Gufrān, Rawalpindi.)

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