Traditional Foods: [Do Not Be Bad Mannered And Be Sensitive to Other People's Feelings! Either Eat or Leave It, But Never Criticise, Frown, Mock etc]


In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu): The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) never criticized any food, but he would eat it if he liked it; otherwise he would leave it. [Saheeh al-Bukhaari Number 3563]

Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said: This is from his [i.e. the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam)] noble manners. He would neither say that it is salty nor the opposite of it.

Question: What if one says the food is such and such in order to warn (or notify the people)? Answer: There is no harm in doing so, for warning (or notifying) is something else because it is done to educate (people about food etc).  [End of quote (Ref 1)]

Ibn ‘Umar reported that there were some persons with Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) from among his Companions, Sa’d being one of them. There was brought to them the flesh of the lizard when a lady amongst the wives of Allaah’s Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: It is the flesh of the lizard. Thereupon Allaah’s Messenger (way sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Eat, for it is lawful, but it is not my diet. [Ref 2]

Abdullah bin ‘Abbas reported: I and Khalid bin Al-Walid went to the apartment of Maimuna along with Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), and there was presented to him a roasted lizard. Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) stretched his hand towards it, whereupon some of the women who had been in the house of Maimuna said: Inform Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) what he intends to eat. Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) lifted his hand. I said: ”Messenger of Allaah, is it forbidden? He said: ”No. It is not found in the land of my people, and I feel that I have no liking for it. Khalid said: I then chewed and ate it, while, Allaah’s Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was looking (at me). [end of quote (Ref 3)]


[Ref 1: Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Taleeqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaari’Vol 3’ page 120’ footnote 2. slightly paraphrased. Source:]

Ref 2&3: http://www.sahihmuslim.com/sps/smm/sahihmuslim.cfm?scn=dspchaptersfull&ChapterID=823&BookID=21

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