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Health and Free Time

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him):

The Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said:

“There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.”

[Sahih Bukhari; Volume 8, Book 76, #421]

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Cleanliness

April 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Narrated Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her):

 The companions of Allah’s Apostle (may Allah’s peace be upon him) used to practise manual labor, so their sweat used to smell, and they were advised to take a bath.

[Sahih Bukhari; Book 34, #285]

On Returning from a Journey

January 23, 2012 Leave a comment

It is recommended to gather ones friends and to feed them on returning from a journey, as the Prophet (may Allah’s peace be upon him) used to do.

Jaabir bin Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) related that:

Whenever the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) returned to al-Madeenah he sacrificed a camel or a cow.
[Muslim]

This food which is presented after a journey is known as al-Naqee’ah.  This hadeeth shows that feeding the Imaam, the leader or ones friends upon returning from a journey was a recommended act with the salaf [companions of the Prophet and early generations].
[Source:  ‘A Manual on the Rites of Hajj,’ by Sh. Alee ibn Wahf al-Qahtaani; p40.]

Humility while Eaitng

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (may Allah’s peace be upon him), said:

“When a morsel of any of you falls, he should pick it up and remove any of the dirt on it and then eat it, and should not leave it for Satan nor should wipe his hand with towel until he has licked his fingers, for he does not know in what portion of the food the blessing lies.”

[Muslim]

Partial commentary from Riyad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith tells us to pick up a fallen morsel and eat it after cleaning the dirt that may have stuck on it.  This marks the expression of humility overcoming Satan as well as getting the blessing…
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 109, #751.  Dar-us-Salaam]  

Wasting Food

January 8, 2012 1 comment

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] 

Eating from what is in front of One

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

I was a boy under the care of Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him), and as my hand used to wander around in the dish, he (may Allah’s peace be upon him) said to me once:

“Mention Allah’s Name (i.e., say Bismillah), eat with your right hand, and eat from what is in front of you.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary from Riayad-us-Saliheen:  ‘Umar bin Abu Salamah (May Allah be pleased with them) had learnt table manners from Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace be upon him) who was his stepfather and guardian. Hence, everybody is morally bound to teach his wards or children good manners.
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Chapter 104, #740.  Dar-us-Salaam]

Criticizing Food

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (May Allah’s peace be upon him) never found fault with food.  If he had inclination to eating it, he would eat; and if he disliked it, he would leave it.

 [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary from Riayad-us-Saliheen:  This Hadith throws light on the Prophet’s excellent manners which ought to be followed by all Muslims.  It is a deplorable state of affairs that when we find a dish a bit unsavoury, we lose our temper and create quite a scene in the house.  May we follow the excellent example of our Prophet (May Allah’s peace be upon him)!
[Riyad-us-Saliheen; Ch. 101, #736. Dar-us-Salaam]