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We know that eating with 3 figures is Sunnat of Prophet SAWS. If we use spoons, forks etc for eating, will it be correct or not.

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I got some drought and need to ask you for Clarify. As we know that eating with 3 figures is Sunnat of Prophet SAWS. If we use spoons, forks etc for eating, will it be correct or not. What Islam Says about way of eating in modern Day. Where we find lot of ways of eating, I mean the food is servered in Buffet; peoples eat standing and sometime sitting on table. And also they use Spoons and Forks etc.

What the Quran and Hadits say about this and what our Olamaa Say on this topic.

Please Clarify.

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Eating with hands or spoon

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Your Question: As we know that eating with 3 figures is Sunnat of Prophet SAWS. If we use spoons, forks etc for eating, will it be correct or not.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 5049 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

When Allah's Messenger (saws) ate food he licked his three fingers, and he (saws) said: When any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove anything filthy from it and then eat it, and should not leave it for the Shaytaan. He also commanded us that we should wipe the dish saying: You do not know in what portion of your food the blessing lies.

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 5050 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: When any one of you eats food he should lick his fingers, for he does not know in what part of the food sticking to his fingers the blessing lies.

 

Indeed, the Messenger of Allah (saws) would eat almost all food with his fingers; and it would be considered a Sunnah for the believers to eat with their fingers. But there is no narration in the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) whereby he specifically prohibited the believers to eat with an utensil.thus the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that if one eats with ones fingers, it is fine; and if one chooses to eat ones food with one of the available utensils made specially for that purpose (like forks, or spoons, or chop-sticks, etc.) there is absolutely no harm and no sin.

 

The scholars base their opinion that when the Messenger of Allah (saws) drank any liquid like water, milk, etc.; he would use an utensil like a bowl to consume it.thus if one wishes to consume ones food through an utensil, there is absolutely no harm.

 

Your Question: What Islam Says about way of eating in modern Day. Where we find lot of ways of eating, I mean the food is servered in Buffet; peoples eat standing and sometime sitting on table.

To the best of our knowledge, there is absolutely nothing in the authentic and established Sunnah which declares that all believers must eat in only a particular manner, neither did the Messenger of Allah (saws) ever prohibit the believers from eating food from a buffet or on a table.

 

The presentation and types of food prepared are according to the culture one lives in.thus if one lives in a culture where food is served on a sufrah on the ground, or in buffet format, or even on a tablethere is absolutely no harm.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 769 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

During the days of the Prophet (saws) we used to eat while walking.

 

There is no harm if the believers choose to eat in a standing or sitting position.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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