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Bring blessings to the food

Before starting to eat, we should pronounce Allah’s name saying, “Bismi ‘llah – with Allah’s name (I eat).”

‘Umar Bin Abi Salamah reported that he was a young boy under custody of Allah’s Messenger, and that while he ate, his hand used to roam all over the plate. Allah’s Messenger instructed him:

‘Young boy! Pronounce Allah’s name, eat with your right hand, and eat from your side.’ [Bukhari,Muslim]

Allah sends down blessings onto the center of a platter or tray from which a number of people are eating. If they eat from the sides and leave the center, the blessings will continue to flow from the center to all the sides.

Ibn ‘Abbas reported that Allah’s Messenger said:

‘Blessings descend upon the center of the food; so eat from the sides and do not eat from the center.’ [Dawood,Tirmidhi]

In another hadeeth he said:

‘Eat from around the sides (of the platter), and spare the raised (central) part – it will then be blessed for you.’ [Dawood, Ibn Majah]

Pronouncing Allah’s name brings blessings to the food. Wahshiyy Bin Harb reported that a man said, “O Allah’s Messenger! We eat but do not feel satisfied.” He asked, <Do you possibly eat separately?> He said, “Yes.” Allah’s Messenger then said:

‘Gather upon your food; and pronounce Allah’s name – it would then be blessed for you.’ [Ahmad, Dawood]

The eating with other people brings Allah’s blessings. To the same meaning, ‘Umar reported that Allah’s Messenger said:

‘Eat together and not separately, for blessings come with company.’ [Ibn Majah]

When eating in company, the food can suffice more people. Abu Hurayrah reported that Allah’s Messenger said:

‘The food for two persons is sufficient for three, and the food of three persons is sufficient for four.’ [Bukhari,Muslim]

After eating, one should express his gratitude to the One Who granted him food by praising Him. Mu’ath Bin Anas al-Juhani reported that Allah’s Messenger said:

‘Whoever eats some food and then says, “Al-hamdu li-‘llah il-lathi at’amani hatha wa-razaqanihi min ghayri hawlin minni wa-la quwwah – All praise is due to Allah who fed me this and provided it for me without any might or power from myself,” all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Ibn Majah, Dawood]



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