Excellence of Eating with 5 Fingers & licking them
Islam is complete in all aspects and nothing can be added to its
contents and nothing can be eliminated there from. Islam has put
forward complete, comprehensive and eternal Shariah for us.
Messenger of Allah, Rasullah (s.a.) instructed His followers that
after taking meal they should lick up their fingers before they wash
or wipe them with a towel. Since Messenger of Allah (s.a.) approved
of this act, it is commendable.
To use less than 5 fingers for eating speaks of the manner of the
arrogant, whereas to use both hands to this end is indicative of an
overpowering greed. So, the best way of eating is that shown by
Messenger of Allah (s.a.). Here, too, is the affirmation of licking
the fingers after taking meal, and not during it.
Present-day Muslims hardly care for this directive of Messenger of
Allah (s.a.) because they think that this act will bring disgrace
and dishonour upon them. To make matters worse, they throw away a
large quantity of unconsumed food in street dumps, garbage bags and
drains. They even deem it necessary to leave over some food in
plates and dishes, still less of licking them. What a pity, the
Muslim community has gone far away from the teachings and excellent
example of their Rasul (s.a.)!
Today, medical science says that, If a person eats with his fingers,
and dips his fingers in the food while eating, some germs are made
that allow to digest the food more easily, and the stomach doesn’t
get any problems. So you need to lick your fingers to lick the
germs, which are good for your health. Licking fingers produces more
saliva which helps to digest food faster.
This was told 1400 years by our Prophet(sa); today science has
proved its beneficial values
Syed Mohamad masoom Abidi