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How to sit when eating -Shaikh Al-Albani

Question: Is there a hadith about the way to sit when eating food?

Answer: “There is. It is to sit erect upon the heels or to raise one foot and lay the other foot flat [and sit on it] taken from his statement (ﷺ):

 

إنما أنا عبد أكل كما يأكل العبد وأجلس كما يجلس العبد

Verily I am a servant. I eat like how a servant eats and I sit like how a servant sits”
[Graded Saheeh by Al-Albani in Saheeh Jami no. 7]

 

[Taken from Silsaltul Huda wa-nur no. 184 found here: http://www.alalbany.net/983 ]

 

Translated by

Faisal ibn Abdul Qaadir ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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Translator’s note:

Hafidh Ibn Hajr rahimahullah said:

“so the recommended way of sitting when eating is to be kneeling on the knees and [to sit] on the top part of his feet or to raise the right foot and sit on the left foot”

[Fath ul-Baari]

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