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How many times a day did Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam eat?

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Nasihah (Advice): Do not find fault with food

 

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports: “I never saw Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam finding fault with food (served to him); if he liked it he ate it, and if did not like it, he kept silent.” (Muslim)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. How many times a day did the Prophet Sallallallahu Alayhi Wasallam eat? 

 

  1. It was the common practice of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam to partake of meals twice a day if meals were available. This would be the Morning (Ghada’) and the evening (Ashaa’) meals. However, most of the time when food was not readily available for a meal, he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) would observe a fast.

 

Sayyidatuna Aaisha Radhiyallahu Anha reports: “The family of Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam did not eat to their fill the bread of wheat for the morning and evening meals beyond three days consecutively till he passed away.” (Musnad Abu Ya’la)

 

Sayyidatuna Aaisha Radhiyallahu Anha reports: “There were many occasions where Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam would call for his morning meal but there would be nothing available. So, he would take it upon himself to fast that day.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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