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Is it Sunnah to Drink water after having meals

 

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Is drinking water sunnat after food or one should not  drink water after food?

 

 

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

 

Allamah Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله has mentioned that the habit of Nabi Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam was that of not drinking immediately after eating as this is harmful to the digestion process.[1] However, if there is a pressing need to drink immediately after that, then only drink enough to quench the thirst. One may then drink after some time elapses.

 

NOTE: This elapsed time is estimated to be 20-30 minutes.

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Mufti Luqman Hansrot
Fatwa Dept.

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1. To sit and drink. (Sahih al-Bukhari Hadith6452 and Sahih Muslim Hadith5242, 5247). Zamzam water and left over water in the utensil used for Wudhu are excluded from this.

 

2. To drink with the right hand. (Sahih al-Bukhari Hadith5380; Sahih Muslim Hadith5233)

 

3. To take 3 sips (or more in odd numbers). (Sahih al-Bukhari Hadith5631; Sahih Muslim Hadith5255)

 

4. To say Bismillah before drinking. (Sahih al-Bukhari and al-Azkaar; Fath al-Baari vol.10 pg.117)

 

5. To say Alhamdulillah after drinking. (Ibnus-sunni Hadith472; Majmauz-zawaaid vol.5 pg.81; Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith1885; Fath al-Bari vol.10 pg.117 Hadith5631)

 

6. If there are several people who are going to share the drink, it should be given to the one on the right. (Sahih al-Bukhari Hadith5612; Sahih Muslim Hadith5257)

 

7. The one who is distributing the water (or food) should himself drink after everyone. (Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith1894)

 

8. To recite this Dua, after drinking water (not other drinkables) is also Sunnah

 

Alhumdollilah hil lathee sakaana, uthban foraatun, bi rahmatihi, wa lam yaj alhu milhan ujaajan bi thunoobina
 All praise is due to Allah, Who of His Mercy has granted us sweet and pleasant water to drink and did not make it bitter and salty due to our Sins. (Roohul Ma’ani, pg.149, 27th Para )

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Sunnats and Aadaab of Drinking - Part 1

 

 

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1. One should recite the following Duaa after drinking water.

اَلحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي سَقَانَا عَذْبًا فُرَاتًا بِرَحْمَتِهِ، وَلَم يَجْعَلْهُ مِلْحًا أُجَاجًا بِذُنُوبِنَا

 

All praise is due to Allah Ta’ala who provided us with sweet drinking water through His grace, and He did not make it bitter and salty on account of our sins.

 

عن أبي جعفر مرسلا أنه كان إذا شرب الماء قال الحمد لله الذي سقانا عذبا فراتا برحمته ولم يجعله ملحا أجاجا بذنوبنا (الحلية لأبي نعيم كما في المرقاة 10/96) [1]

 Hadhrat Abu Ja’far (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) would recite the following duaa after drinking water:

 

اَلحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي سَقَانَا عَذْبًا فُرَاتًا بِرَحْمَتِهِ، وَلَم يَجْعَلْهُ مِلْحًا أُجَاجًا بِذُنُوبِنَا

or

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي جَعَلَهُ عَذْبًا فُرَاتًا بِرَحْمَتِهِ، وَلَمْ يَجْعَلُهُ مَالِحًا أجاجا بِذُنُوبِنَا

 

 

[1] عن أبي جعفر : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إذا شرب الماء قال : الحمد لله الذي جعله عذبا فراتا برحمته و لم يجعله مالحا أجاجا بذنوبنا (شعب الايمان للبيهقي رقم 4479)

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Drinking directly from a large utensil

 

 

 One should not drink directly from a large utensil or any such utensil through which the contents one is consuming cannot be seen.

عن ابن عباس قال نهى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن الشرب من في السقاء  (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 4264)

1. Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) stopped us from drinking directly from the mouth of a water bag (as its contents could not be seen).

 

2. It is Mustahab for one to drink while sitting. However if it is Zam Zam water or the remaining water in the utensil after wudhu, then one may stand and drink the water.

عن ابن عباس : أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم شرب من زمزم وهو قائم (ترمذي رقم 1882)

 

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) drank Zam Zam water while he was standing.

 

 

عن أبي حية قال : رأيت عليا توضأ فغسل كفيه حتى أنقاهما ثم مضمض ثلاثا واستنشق ثلاثا وغسل وجهه ثلاثا وذراعيه ثلاثا ومسح برأسه مرة ثم غسل قدميه إلى الكعبين ثم قام فأخذ فضل طهوره فشربه وهو قائم ثم قال أحببت أن أريكم كيف كان طهور رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم (ترمذي رقم 48)

 

 

Hadhrat Abu Hayya (Rahmatullahi Alaihi) reports that I had once seen Hadhrat Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) perform wudhu (in the following manner). He commenced by washing his hands till his wrists until he thoroughly cleansed them, thereafter he gargled his mouth thrice and inserted water in his nose thrice. Thereafter he washed his face thrice, and washed his hands till his elbows thrice. He thereafter made masah of the head once and washed his feet till the ankles. Subsequently, he took the water that was remaining in the utensil and whilst standing he drank the water. Addressing the people he said: “It was my desire to show you the wudhu of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) (i.e. this was how he performed his wudhu).” 

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Sunnats and Aadaab of Drinking – Part 4

 

1. One should drink in at least three sips.

عن أنس رضي الله عنه قال : كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يتنفس في الشراب ثلاثا. متفق عليه . (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 4263)

 

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to drink in three sips. 

 

وعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " لا تشربوا واحدا كشرب البعير ولكن اشربوا مثنى وثلاث وسموا إذا أنتم شربتم واحمدوا إذا أنتم رفعتم " . رواه الترمذي (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 4278)

 

 

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Do not drink in one gulp like a camel, rather drink in two or three sips, and take the name of Allah Ta’ala when you begin drinking and praise Allah Ta’ala when you have completed drinking.

2.  One should not drink from the chipped or broken side of the cup.

وعن أبي سعيد الخدري رضي الله عنه قال : نهى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن الشرب من ثلمة القدح وأن ينفخ في الشراب. رواه أبو داود (مشكوة المصابيح رقم 4280)

Hadhrat Abu Saeed Khudri (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) discouraged one from drinking from the chipped or cracked side of the cup. Similarly he discouraged us from blowing into the cup while drinking.

3. One should not blow into the utensil.

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما : أن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم نهى أن يتنفس في الإناء أو ينفخ فيه (ترمذي رقم 1888)

 

Hadhrat ibn Abbaas (Radhiallahu Anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) discouraged one from breathing into the utensil or blowing into it (whilst drinking).

 

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