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2. Starting each meal with mentioning God’s name"Bismillah wa ala barkatillah.""In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah."Thanking and praising God after each meal:"Bismillah wa ala barkatillah.""In the name of Allah and with the blessings of Allah."
3. Eating less:Overeating is discouraged and wasting of food is condemned. God says in this regard:
4. Dieting:Eating less, as scientifically proved, is beneficial to health.Prophet Mohammed says:
5. Eating slowly:In Islam, eating slowly is recommended for good health as it facilitates the food being thoroughly chewed and hence easier to digest.Moderation and sharing:A Muslim is advised to avoid extremes and to choose a moderate course in all his affairs, including his eating habits.
Eating together:The Prophet said,
7. Drinking Habits:The Holy Prophet said,
8. As Muslims we are required to show compassion, grace, gentleness, and Consideration for others. This also Extends to the table and how we conduct ourselves with others:- Sitting down while eating.- Eating together and sharing of food.- Serving others first, especially guests.- Host is the first to start eating and the last to finish. (This is the opposite of Western table manners).
9. - Taking food in smaller portions than needed. - Finishing (cleaning) the plate without leftovers (this too is different from Western tradition where we are taught to always leave a small bit on the plate). - Brushing teeth before and after eating (Miswak).- Sharing food with relatives, friends, neighbors, the needy and destitute.- Eat from the corner of the plate from your side (for one dish communal eating), don't eat from the middle or the other side of the dish.
10. - As an invited guest it is permissible to ask your host for water or salt. Accept what is offered and don't request additional items your host may not have available. - When eating in a group, if quantities are limited, share from your plate with the others. The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) is reported to have said,