beforeFajronColorIcon Non-timed Sunan/ Sunan of Eating/ ( and its count is 14 Sunan )
brightness_1 Saying “Bismillāh” (In the name of Allāh) before eating or drinking.

‘Umar Ubn Abi Salamah (ABPWH) narrated, “I was a boy under the care of Allāh’s Messenger (PBUH) and my hand used to go around the dish while eating. Allāh’s Messenger said to me, ‘O boy, mention the Name of Allāh, eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is nearest to you.’ Since then I have always applied these instructions while eating.” (Al-Bukhāriy no. 5376, Mulsim no. 2022)

If a person forgets to mention Allāh’s name at the beginning of eating, when he remembers he should say, “In the name of Allāh for its beginning and for its end.”

‘Ā’ishah, may Allāh be pleased with her, narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “When one of you eats, he should mention Allāh’s name (i.e. say Bismillāh). If he forgets to mention Allāh’s Name at the beginning, when he remembers he should say, ‘Bismillāhi Awwalahu wa Ākhirah’ (In the name of Allāh for its beginning and for its end).” (Abū Dāwood no. 3767 and At-Tirmidthiy no. 1858)

This Hadeeth also indicates that a Muslim should eat using his right hand so he would not resemble Satan. Thus, if one did not say “Bismillāh”, or ate with his left hand, he would resemble Satan.

This is proven by the following Hadeeth:

’Abdullāh Ibn ’Umar (ABPWH) narrated that Allāh’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “None of you should eat with his left hand, nor drink with it, for verily Satan eats with his left hand, and drinks with his left hand.” Nafi‘ added that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “… and none of you should take with the left hand, nor give with it.” (Muslim no. 2020)

Moreover, satan is eager to enter homes so he can spend the night and share the food and drink of people.

Jābir Ubn ‘Abdillāh narrated that he heard Allāh’s Messenger (PBUH) saying, “When a man enters his house and mentions the Name of Allāh upon entering and upon eating, Satan says (addressing his followers), ‘You will find nowhere to spend the night, and you will find no dinner,’ but if he enters without mentioning the Name of Allāh upon entering, Satan says to his followers, ‘You have found a place to spend the night, as well as dinner.’.” (Muslim no. 2018)