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عن عُمر بن أبي سلمة رضي الله عنه قال:
كُنْتُ غُلَامًا فِي حَجْرِ رَسُولِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ، وَكَانَتْ يَدِي تَطِيشُ فِي الصَّحْفَةِ، فَقَالَ لِي رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «يَا غُلَامُ، سَمِّ اللهَ، وَكُلْ بِيَمِينِكَ، وَكُلْ مِمَّا يَلِيكَ» فَمَا زَالَتْ تِلْكَ طِعْمَتِي بَعْدُ.

[صحيح] - [متفق عليه] - [صحيح البخاري: 5376]
المزيــد ...

‘Umar ibn Abi Salamah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I was a young boy under the care of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him), and my hand used to wander all over the platter (of food). The Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said, "O boy, mention Allah's name, eat with your right hand, and eat from what is nearer to you." Since then, I have been eating that way.

Sahih/Authentic. - [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Explanation

Umar bin Abi Salamah, may God be pleased with them both, the son of the wife of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, Umm Salamah, wife Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) - and he was under his upbringing and care - narrates that while eating, he used to move his hand all over the platter to pick up food, so the Prophet, (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him), taught him three etiquettes of Eating etiquette:
First: Saying 'bismillāh' (in the name of Allah) when beginning to eat.
Second: Eating with the right hand.
Third: Eating from the side next to one.

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Benefits from the Hadith

  1. One of the etiquettes of eating and drinking is to begin with mentioning the name of Allah.
  2. Teaching children the proper etiquettes, especially those under one’s care.
  3. It shows the Prophet's leniency and patience in teaching and educating children.
  4. One of the etiquettes of eating is that one eats from the nearest side, except if there are various items of food, in which case a person can eat from that place.
  5. The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) would comply with the Prophet's teachings, as indicated by 'Umar's statement: Since then, I have been eating that way.