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Wasting Food

Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) commanded the licking of fingers and the gleaning of the dish, saying:

“You do not know in which portion the blessing lies.”

[Muslim]

Commentary from Riyad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith underlines the wisdom behind licking the fingers and the vessel.  The eater never knows whether a blessing underlies what has been eaten by him, or the particles sticking to his fingers and vessels contain it.  Those particles, therefore, should not be wasted; they should be made part of food by being licked.  They may be invested with a blessing and proved more useful for the eater’s health and strength.  Moreover, by this way he escapes disregarding the Bounty of Allah.
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 109, #750.  Dar-us-Salaam] 

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  1. February 3, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I watend to spend a minute to thank you for this.

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