Hadith on Meals: Recommendation to lick fingers, clean plates

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, during a meal would lick what he ate with his three fingers and he would say, “When one of you drops a mouthful, he should remove any filth from it and then eat it. He should not leave it for the devil.” The Prophet commanded us to wipe clean our dishes and he would say, “Verily, you do not know in which portion of your food is the blessing.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2034

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

عَنْ أَنَسٍ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ إِذَا أَكَلَ طَعَامًا لَعِقَ أَصَابِعَهُ الثَّلَاثَ قَالَ وَقَالَ إِذَا سَقَطَتْ لُقْمَةُ أَحَدِكُمْ فَلْيُمِطْ عَنْهَا الْأَذَى وَلْيَأْكُلْهَا وَلَا يَدَعْهَا لِلشَّيْطَانِ وَأَمَرَنَا أَنْ نَسْلُتَ الْقَصْعَةَ قَالَ فَإِنَّكُمْ لَا تَدْرُونَ فِي أَيِّ طَعَامِكُمْ الْبَرَكَةُ

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