Please, Don’t Criticize The Food!

Please, Don't Criticize The Food

An Nawawi says: One of the etiquette of eating is sure not to criticize the food served to you. By saying: it is too salty, sour, low in salt, thick, thin, unripe, and so on [Fathul Baari].

In a hadith from Abu Hurairah (may Allah blesses him), he says:

مَا عَابَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم طَعَامًا قَطُّ كَانَ إِذَا اشْتَهَى شَيْئًا أَكَلَهُ وَإِنْ كَرِهَهُ تَرَكَهُ

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) never criticize food (served to him). If he had inclination to eating it, he would eat; and if he disliked it, he would leave it” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Ibn Hajar explains: “Some scholars say that this hadith is about all foods that created naturally by Allah. So it is not allowed to criticize it. But, if the food created by human, you can criticize it. I say, the strongest approach is to define this hadith in general. It is not allowed to criticize foods made by human also, because it breaks the heart of the maker” [Fathul Bari].

This is a fine example taught by our Prophet. Follow this sunnah to your daily life.

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