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Chapter 107
ﻷا ﻦﻋ ﻲﻬﻨﻟاو ﺔﻌﺼﻘﻟا ﺐﻧﺎﺟ ﻦﻣ ﻞآﻷﺎﺑ ﺮﻣﻷا بﺎﺑ
ﺎﻬﻄﺳو ﻦﻣ ﻞآ
Eating from the Side of the Vessel
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱢﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻦﻋ ﺎﻤﻬﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲﺿر سﺎﺒﻋ ﻦﺑا ﻦﻋ
اﻮُﻠُﻜَﻓ مﺎَﻌﱠﻄﻟا َﻂَﺳَو ُلِﺰْﻨَﺗ ُﺔَآَﺮَﺒْﻟا
ِﻪِﻄَﺳَو ﻦِﻣ اﻮُﻠُآْﺄَﺗ َﻻو ِﻪْﻴَﺘﱠﻓﺎَﺣ ْﻦِﻣ
لﺎﻗو ،يﺬﻣﺮﺘﻟاو ،دواد ﻮﺑأ ﻩاور
ٌﺢﻴﺤﺻ ٌﻦﺴﺣ ٌﺚﻳﺪ
Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said,
"Blessing descends upon
food in its middle, so eat from the sides of the vessel and do not eat from its middle.''
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].
This Hadith tells us that if a few people or members of the same family recite the Name of Allah and
take meal at the same table, a two-fold benefit will accrue to them. Their hunger will be sated with their subsistence
being given the Divine blessing. And if they do otherwise, the result will be otherwise too.
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲﺿر ٍﺮْﺴُﺑ ﻦﺑ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ِﺪﺒﻋ ﻦﻋو
ﺎﻬﻟ ُلﺎﻘُﻳ ٌﺔَﻌْﺼَﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱢﻲﺒﻨﻠِﻟ نﺎآ
اﻮﱡﻔَﺘﻟﺎﻓ ،ﺎﻬﻴﻓ َدِﺮُﺛ ﺪﻗو ﻲﻨﻌﻳ ،ِﺔَﻌْﺼَﻘْﻟا َﻚْﻠَﺘﺑ ﻲِﺗُأ ﻰﺤﱡﻀﻟا اوُﺪَﺠَﺳَو اﻮﺤْﺿَأ ﺎﱠﻤﻠَﻓ ،ٍلﺎﺟِر ُﺔَﻌَﺑْرَأ ﺎَﻬُﻠِﻤْﺤﻳ
ﻬﻴﻠﻋ ،ﺎ
ﱞﻲﺑاﺮﻋَأ َلﺎﻘﻓ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر ﺎَﺜَﺟ اوُﺮُﺜَآ ﺎﱠﻤَﻠَﻓ
ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ُلﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ ؟ُﺔﺴْﻠِﺠﻟا ﻩﺬه ﺎﻣ
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو :
ْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ ﱠﻢﺛ ،ًاﺪﻴﻨَﻋ ًارﺎﺒَﺟ ﻲﻨْﻠَﻌْﺠﻳ ْﻢَﻟو ،ًﺎﻤﻳِﺮَآ ًاﺪْﺒَﻋ ﻲﻨﻠَﻌَﺟ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﱠنِإ
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪ
:» اﻮُﻠُآ
ﺎﻬﻴﻓ ْكَرﺎَﺒُﻳ ﺎَﻬَﺗَوْرِذ اﻮُﻋَدَو ،ﺎَﻬْﻴَﻟاَﻮَﺣ ْﻦِﻣ
ﺪﻴﺟ دﺎﻨﺳِﺈﺑ ٍدواد ﻮﺑأ ﻩاور
« ﺎَهَﻼْﻋَأ
ﺎﻬﻤﺿو لاﺬﻟا ﺮﺴﻜﺑ
`Abdullah bin Busr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) had a large bowl called
Al-Gharra', which would be carried by four men. One day, when the Companions finished their Duha (forenoon
optional) prayer, Al-Gharra' was brought full of sopped bread, meat and broth, and they sat down around it. When
their number increased, Messenger of Allah (PBUH) sat down on his knees and rested on the soles of his feet. A
bedouin said to him: "What sort of sitting is that?'' Thereupon Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Verily, Allah has
made me a courteous slave not a fierce tyrant.''
Then he said,
"Eat from the sides of the bowl and leave the central
part of it so that your food will be blessed.''
[Abu Dawud].
Here, too, we are told to eat collectively and from our side of the table. Messenger of Allah (PBUH)
calls it the blessed way. There is also a provision for sitting with bent knees (while resting on one's soles).
Moreover, the excellence of Messenger of Allah (PBUH) as well as his humility are brought to our knowledge.