The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company”
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has given Muslims a complete code of life by following Quran and demonstrating it in the form of Hadith. He has set a perfect example of being kind hearted, generous and pious. The principles he followed were just according to the Quran which Allah sent to him. He followed the Quran to become a role model for all the Muslims to look up to. He has shown guidance in almost all aspects of life and eating habits is one of those aspects which have immense importance.
There are certain things which a Muslim needs to do before sitting down to eat. He should firstly wash his hands properly and then sit to eat. He should first say the prayer and then eat with his right hand. It is advised to eat slowly and not to overload yourself with food. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) asked his fellow Muslims not to eat until they are hungry and to eat small portions. These are some general guidelines to eat but the most important aspect of eating as said by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is:
“Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company.”
This particular saying means that it is a good habit to eat with people around you and not eat alone. In this way, you would have the company of the people and it would make your meals more enjoyable. A person becomes more relaxed when he is in company with others and a hearty meal with his loved ones beside him would relieve all his stress. Islam has also encouraged the concept of sharing food. A Muslim would be blessed if he shares his food with his family and neighbors. The more people eat together there would be more blessings from Allah. There would be abundance in your food which comes as a blessing for anyone. If you have guests over, you should make them eat with you too. Your guests would bring you more provision and your house would be blessed with more bounties.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) never used to sit alone and eat food. He always used to share his food with other people sitting beside him even if it was a single date. If he didn’t like his food, he would never criticize it in fact he would stop eating and leave it.
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