Message No : 126Sr.No : 238/724
Question By : Noor Rahman

Respected Mufti Sahib
Asalamoalikpm W r
would you please explain through authentic
traditions of the holy prophet that how many
times did he peace be upon him used to eat in
a day?.I mean was there breakfast,lunch dinner
as now a days is the routine?
Noor Rahman


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumossalam
Dear Brother in Islam,
The answer to your question is as follows:

Islam outlines the manner of eating, drinking and wearing clothes in a vivid style. It teaches its followers to eat and drink whatever they like and wear clothes of their choices provided that these things should not touch the limit of extravagance and self-conceit. The Glorious Qur¡¯an says, ¡°O sons of Adam, attire yourselves at every time of worship; eat and drink, but don¡¯t be wasteful, for Allah doesn¡¯t like the prodigals¡±. (Suratul-A¡¯raaf 7/31)

Lunch and dinner are mentioned in several Ahadith but the Prophet of Islam (SAWS) and the members of his family used to spend simple lives and go on without food for consecutive days. Hazrat Nu¡¯man Bin Basheer (RA) says, ¡°Are you not in the luxuries of eating and drinking. Whereas, I have seen the Apostle of Allah not having ordinary type of dates to full his stomach¡±. (Shamaa-ile Tirmizi 10) It is narrated on the authority of Hazrat Ibne Abbas (RA) that Allah¡¯s apostle and his family had spent consecutive nights without food because there would be no supper. The bread of the Prophet (SAWS) was mostly made of barley¡±. (Ibid 9)

As far as the matter of breakfast is concerned, I haven¡¯t come across such Ahadith where breakfast is mentioned. According to this servant, breakfast may be included in lunch. Since, the word used for lunch is ¡°Ghada¡± which implies all the meal that are taken in morning hours. And breakfast is also taken in the morning.

The word Ghada has been used in the Glorious Qur¡¯an for the above-mentioned meaning in Suratul Kahaf 18/62. It says, ¡°Moses said to his servant: ¡°Give me my breakfast. I¡¯m exhausted from this journey¡±. Therefore, breakfast has not been mentioned separately.

And Allah knows the

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