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Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"None of you
should drink standing; and if any one forgets, he must vomit.''
In the preceding Ahadith, we are told that one can drink water even in a standing position, it is better
to eat or drink while seated in order to be on the safe side. Otherwise, the truth of the matter is that one should be
cautious enough to eat or drink seated. Doubtless, it is an approved practice. Nowadays, people have made it a habit
to eat food at feasts in a standing posture. They argue it is convenient because the whole of the gathering is dealt out
at the same time. Yet, they fail to keep in their view the overwhelming disadvantages of this convenience. First, it
involves the emulation of western example without any benefit. Second, the Prophet (PBUH) has forbidden it.
Third, the indiscipline it spawns hardly befits the social behaviour of a dignified and civilized nation. Fourth, a long
wait, tedious and boring normally features feasts and wedding parties. Fifth, in order to make it agreeable and to do
away with the boredom of participants, either film songs or musical notes are played on record-players, or jesters
and buffoons are brought in to amuse and entertain them. This is all satanic work, forbidden and unlawful, having no
place in Islam