Eating and Drinking Etiquette

Umar ibn Abi Salamah reported:

I was a boy under the care of the Messenger of Allah, and as my hand used to wander around in the dish, he said to me: “Oh young boy, 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)

According to the hadith above and others, before eating or drinking we say only “Bismil-lah”. If you forget to say Bismillah before eating, you may say amidst eating: “Bismillah awwalahu wa Akhirh” – In the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end.

Aishah reported:

Messenger of Allah said, “When any of you wants to eat, he should mention the Name of Allah in the beginning, (i.e., say Bismillah). If he forgets to do it in the beginning, he should say Bismillah awwalahu wa akhirahu (In the name of Allah at the beginning and at the end).”

It is forbidden to eat or drink with silver and gold utensils.

Umm Salamah reported:

Messenger of Allah said: “He who drinks from the vessel of silver kindles the Fire(of Hell) in his belly.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Drinking Etiquette in Brief:

  1. Say Bismillah before drinking
  2. Drink whilst sitting
  3. Drink with your right hand
  4. Drink in 3 gulps
  5. Do not drink in silver or gold vessels
  6. Do not breathe inside the drinking vessel
  7. To praise Allah after finishing (say Alhamdulilah)

Eating Etiquette in Brief:

  1. Wash hands before eating
  2. Say Bismillah before eating
  3. Eat with your right hand
  4. Eat from your side
  5. Do not blow into the food
  6. Do not eat using silver or gold utensils
  7. Do not burp in front of others
  8. Do not waste food
  9. Praise Allah after finishing (say Alhamdulilah)

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