Manners of Eating and Drinking in Islam

One of the purposes of the Messenger of God is to perfect human morality. Therefore, Islam is very concerned about adab, including eating and drinking which is the primary need in human life.

Islam’s attention to eating and drinking is stated in surah Al-Baqarah verse 168:

“O mankind, eat of what is lawful and good from what is on the earth, and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Al-Baqarah [2]: 168).

Adab eat and drink in Islam is related to two things, namely the food substances to be consumed and the procedure of consuming the food.

Islamic Food and Drink

Islam is very concerned about the types of foods that can and should not be consumed. Foods that Islam considers include a variety of foods that are halal or haram, damaging to health.

1. Eating halal food and beverages and staying away from the haram

Food and drink that must be consumed by Muslims is halal food and avoid the haram. Forbidden foods and drinks that should be avoided consist of illicit substances or obtained in a way that is haraam.

2. Stay away from foods or beverages that annoy others or potentially damage health

There are several types of food that, if consumed, leave a smell that disturbs others. In fact, there are also potentially damaging health. Although it is not forbidden or debated about halal and haraam laws, a Muslim should avoid the consumption of such food or drink.

Adab of Eating and Drink in Islam

Adab of Eating and Drinking in Islam
Adab of Eating and Drinking in Islam

There are a number of adab about the procedure of eating and drinking according to the prophet’s example

1. Read basmalah and prayer

before eating Adab first in eating or drinking is to read the prayer first. Before drinking, just read basmalah, but if you want to eat, it is recommended to add the following prayers:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَناَ فِيْمَا رَزَقْتَنا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ، بِسْمِ اللهِ

“O Allah, bless us with what You have bestowed upon us, and protect us from the torment of hell. Bismillah (in the name of Allah SWT)

2. Sit down when Eating or Drinking

A Muslim should not stand when eating or drinking. This is illustrated in the hadith narrated by Anas ibn Malik, he said:

“Prophet Muhammad SAW has strictly forbidden drinking while standing,” (H.R. Muslim).

3. Using the right hand

Among the adab eating and drinking is using the right hand, and not using the left hand except in emergencies.

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4. Not denouncing food and drink

A Muslim does not denounce the food or drink he consumes, especially if it is served by others. And if he is given food or drink, it is as simple as that, and he is grateful for what he has gained.

5. Not excessive and not too full

Anything excessive is forbidden in Islam, including the consumption of food or drink.

6. Not denouncing food and drink

A Muslim does not denounce the food or drink he consumes, especially if it is served by others. And if he is given food or drink, it is as simple as that, and he is grateful for what he has gained.

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