Finding the Barakah in food

Jabir (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) commanded the licking of fingers (after eating) and the cleaning of the dish, saying: “You do not know in what portion the Blessing (of Allah) lies.”

[Sahih Muslim]

In another narration, Jabir said that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “When a morsel of any of you falls down, you should pick it up and remove any dirt or dust on it and then eat it; and don’t leave it for Satan; and do not wipe your hand with the towel until you have licked your fingers, for you do not know in what portion of the food the Barakah* (of Allah) lies.”

*Barakah is the abundance of goodness and its continuity.


This Hadith enjoins Muslims to lick their fingers after meals, wipe off the food left in the utensils and eat morsels which fall down in the course of eating. All these things have many advantages:

  1. Maybe that is the blessed portion of the food which sticks to the fingers or utensils.
  2. This practice is a sign of humility and aversion from the style of proud and haughty people.
  3. It saves one from being ungrateful to Allah.
  4. By these means one defeats Satan.

In the light of these Islamic injunctions one can very well judge violation of Islamic teachings and ungratefulness to Allah which is evident from the large quantity of food which is thrown in the garbage.

And Allah Knows Best!

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