Monday, December 6, 2010

Etiquette of Drinking Water & Passing the Drink to the Right

Anas bin Malik (RA) says that when the Holy Prophet (SAW) drank the water, he used to breath three times, i.e. he took water in three breaks, breathing thrice outside the cup. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Ibn Abbas (RA) relates that the Holy Prophet (SAW) said: "Do not drink water in one gulp (or one breath) like a camel, but take it in two or three instalments (with break for breaths); Call the name of Allah (i.e. recite Bismillah) when you start drinking and praise Him (say alhamdulillah) when you finish. (Tirmizi)

Abu Qatadah (RA) says that the Holy Prophet (SAW) has prohibited breathing inside the pot (while drinking water). (Agreed Upon)

Anas bin Malik (RA) says that (once) milk was brought to the Holy Prophet (SAW). In this milk a little water had been mixed. At this time a country man was sitting on his right and on his left was Abu Bakar (RA). He drank some milk and then passed on the remaining milk to the villager on his right, saying: "The right has priority." (Bukhari and Muslim)

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