Eating: Etiquettes & Supplications [59-60]

59. Ensure to eat from the area of the food which is closest and nearest to oneself, as there is barakah (blessing) in eating in this manner.

It is narrated from ‘Amr bin Abī Salamah (r.a.) that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “When you eat then say ‘bismillāh’, eat with your right hand, and eat from whatever is in front of you.” (Bukhārī)

Aisha (r.a.) narrates that whenever the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would eat, he would eat from that which was in front of him. (Akhlāq-un-Nabī)

Ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allāh (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), “Indeed the blessing descends to the middle of the food, so eat from its edges, and do not eat from its middle.” (Tirmidhī)

‘Abdullah bin Busr narrated that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “Eat with Allah’s name, and from the edges of the food. Do not eat from the middle and top of the food, as Allah will (as a result) grant barakah (blessing) in the food.” (Ibn Mājah, Ahmad)

Salma (r.a.) reports that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would dislike eating from the middle of the food. (Mu‘jam-ul-Kabir Ṭabarānī)

However, if one utensil has different types of food, and one’s desired food is in not in front, there is no harm in taking from another place.

60. It is permissible to consume cooked onions and garlic. As for raw onions and garlic, although it is permitted to consume, one should cleanse the mouth thoroughly after consuming it. Furthermore, it is not permitted to go to the masjid or any other place whereby someone would be inconvenienced without ridding the mouth of odour.

Ibn Umar (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “He who eats of this plant (i.e. garlic) must not approach our mosque, till its odour dies.” (Muslim)

Jabir (r.a.) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “He who eats onions, garlic or leek must not approach our mosque, for the angels are inconvenienced by that which humans are inconvenienced by.” (Muslim)

In some narrations the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) permitted others to eat raw onions and garlic, but prohibited himself from eating it as he would converse with the angels.

Narrations of this nature portray that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would not partake of raw onions and garlic himself, and he would also forbid others from doing so when they would come to the masjid. He would instruct them to thoroughly cleanse their mouths or eat it cooked and then come to the masjid.

In light of the above, it is not forbidden to eat raw onions and garlic; however, to come to the masjid or cause inconvenience to others is prohibited.

Scholars have given the same ruling to other items of food which emit bad odours, such as radish, cigarettes, and the like.

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

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