The Sunnah of Eating

Islam provides us with the perfect guidance from the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).

While it is easy to want to quickly eat at iftar after a long day fasting, remembering the Sunnah of eating will continue your reward after sunset, Insha Allah.

Eating Individually

  • Begin by saying “Bismillah”
  • Thank Allah (swt) for the food that you are about to eat.
  • Eat with your right hand
  • Break your fast with an odd number of date
  • Eat in moderation
  • Avoid wasting food
  • Thank the one who has prepared the food for you and share your food with others
  • Eat with understanding that eating, after a day of fasting, is itself an act of ibadah (worship)

Eating with Others

Whether eating with your family, with friends at a shared iftar or breaking fast at the mosque, there are important etiquettes to remember.

  • Allow the elderly and any guests to eat first.
  • Appreciate the food you have been offered, do not upset your host by asking for alternative foods or making them feel uncomfortable.
  • Share the food and take only your fair share – consider the need of others to eat.
  • Eat quietly and neatly
  • Be courteous, hold good and appropriate conversation during the meal.
  • Help clear and tidy crumbs, dishes and cutlery after meal.
  • Thank your host.