Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brief Comments on Riyaadh al-Saaliheen #49

Obedience leads to a healthy heart and stronger Imaan:

بـسـم الله والحـمـد لله والـصلاة والـسـلام عــلى رسـول الله، وبـعـد

[Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (3/532) of Shaikh al-`Uthaymeen رحمه الله]

The Shaikh رحمه الله commented on the Hadeeth:

Narrated Anas ibn Maalik رضي الله عنه: When Allaah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم ate food he licked his three fingers, and he صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “When any one of you drops a mouthful he should remove anything filthy from it and then eat it, and should not leave it for the Satan. He also commanded us that we should wipe the dish saying: You do not know in what portion of your food the blessing lies.” [Saheeh Muslim (5049)] 

There are two benefits about licking the finger after the food:

a. The Shar`ee benefit: And it is to follow the example of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم.

b. The medical benefit: And it is the secretion which comes out after the meal which helps in digestion.

The health benefit (of this Hadeeth) should not be the main objective of the Believer. The most important concern for the Believer should be to obey the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and to follow him; because this is the way towards a healthy heart. And whenever a person obeys the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, his Imaan will grow stronger.

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