Water is a great gift of Allah (The Exalted). Without it we will not survive. Humans as well as animals drink water. Both Muslims as well as non-Muslims drink. Everyone has a different way of drinking. A Muslim’s way should be according to the Messenger of Allah (pbuh). Hence, when we drink water or any other liquid in accordance to the Sunnah, our drinking becomes a rewardable act.
The Prophet (pbuh) Liked’
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) liked sweet and cold water. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) never made a noise whilst drinking water and when he (pbuh) would drink milk, milk shake, (Sharbat) etc. he would give others first and then take himself.
Drinking With The Devil
Abu Hurayrah narrates that, ‘Once the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) saw a person drinking whilst standing, the Prophet (pbuh) asked him to vomit it back out’, the person ask ‘Why shall I vomit it out!’ the Prophet (pbuh) said ‘Surely who drank with you is worse than a cat, that is the devil’.’
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, ‘The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) forbade drinking water standing up. It was asked, ‘What about eating” he said, ‘That (i.e. eating whilst standing) is even worse’.’
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) that, ‘Do not drink water standing up, if you do it by mistake and you remember then vomit it out.’
Drinking Like a Camel
Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) that, ‘Do not drink water in one breath like a camel. However, drink it in two or three breaths. Say ‘Bismillah’ and when you move the glass, praise Allah (The Exalted) by saying ‘Alhamdulillah.”
Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that, ‘The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) would breath three times (outside the container) in the course of a drink and said; ‘It is more thirst quenching, harmless and healthier.”
Do Not Blow On Hot Stuff
Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that, ‘The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) forbade from breathing or blowing in the container.’
Research proves that when one blows in a hot drink, the bacterium increases in the drink. These bacteria’s you will drink and will increase in the stomach, as there is warmth and this will create more illness in the stomach.
How Did The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) Drink
The glass was held in the Prophet’s (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) right hand and he would sit down and pray ‘Bismillah.’ The method of drinking is to take three small sips by sucking the water without making any noise and moving the glass away from the mouth each time and praising Allah (The Exalted) each time by saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ and at the end the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) would say ‘Ash-shukru-Lillahi.’
Sa’ad bin ‘Ubada (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that, ‘I came in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) and asked what type of charity do you like’ He said, ‘Water’.’
Fire In Stomach
Umm Salma (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said that, ‘Whosoever drinks from silver enters fire in their stomach.’ Allahu Akbar!
In another hadith narrated by Huzaifa (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) forbade eating and drinking from gold or silver and said that, ‘These are for the non-believers in this world and for you in the hereafter.’
Manners Of Drinking
1. Pray ‘Bismillah Hirahma Niraheem’ and drink with your right hand as the devil drinks and eats with the left hand.
2. To sit and drink.
3. Drink by taking three separate sips and not all at once. Separate the utensil from the mouth each time.
4. Whilst drinking, suck the drink and do not make a noise.
5. Do not blow into any drink for cooling.
6. Say ‘Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘Aalameen’ after drinking.
7. It is not permissible to throw away the left over drink.
8. Always cover the water that is left in a glass, jug or pot.
9. Drink where you can see in the container.
Supplication After Drinking Water
‘Alhamdulilla Hilladhi Saqana ‘Adhbann Furotann Birrahmatihi Walam Yaj’Alhu Milhann Ujajann Bidhunoo Binaa’
‘All praise is due to Allah (The Exalted) who has given us fresh sweet water through His mercy and did not make it salty and bitter due to our sins’
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) would use utensils for drinking made from earth. He had a wooden cup , which had on its exterior a metal handle, and he would drink liquids from this. In another narration narrated by ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) it is reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) had a glass cup.
O Allah (The Exalted) give us the ability to practise the Sunnah of Your beloved Messenger (pbuh) whilst we drink. Ameen.