Sunnah is the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of the prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

Holy Prophet’s Sunnah Regarding Food and Drink:


The Holy Prophet’s Sunnat in regard to eating and drinking is briefly as follows:

  • He used to wash his hands before commencing his meals
  • He  invariably recited “Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim” before starting to eat
  • He used his right hand for eating 
  • He did not recline on a pillow or bolster but used to sit at the table-cloth in a respectful posture
  • He used to eat from the side of the plate or bowl in front of him
  • He used to take small morsels and used to chew each morsel slowly and carefuly
  • He never found fault with the food placed before him
  • He never complained about the quality of the food
  • He did not allow food to be wasted and took in his plate only so much as he needed and he cleaned his plate
  • He washed his hands after eating 
  • He invariably gave thanks to Allah after the meals
  • He never ate anything while standing, or walking in the streets
  • He did not like raw onion and raw garlic
  • He used to drink water or milk in three sips, while sitting and used to hold the bowl in his right hand
  • He advised his followers not to blow with their mouths into a bowl of milk etc
  •  He used to say “Al-hamdu-lillah” after drinking milk or water
  • He advised his followers that, while dining together, they should have regard for others and not get up from the table-cloth while others were still eating.

 Forbidden Food:


 The forbidden things in are:

  • Dead meat 
  • Blood
  • The flesh or swine, and that one which any other name has been invoked besides that of Allah
  • Meat on which Allah’s name has not been pronounced
  • Pork
  • Alcohol
  • Something that was killed by an another animal
  • Something killed accidentally 
  • ants, bees, hoopoes, sparrow-hawks, fogs, donkeys, lions, tigers, wolves, dogs, monkeys etc.


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