Duaas Before and After Eating
Dua Before Eating
We relate from the book of Ibn Sunni that when food was brought to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) he used to say:
الَّلهُمَّ بَارِك لَنَا فِيمَا رَزَقتَنَا، وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ، بِسمِ اللهِ
Allahumma barik lana fi-ma razaqtana, wa qina adhaba-n-Nar. Bismi-llah.
Oh Allah, bless us in that which You have given us as sustenance, and protect us from the punishment of Hell-Fire. In the name of Allah.
The Sunan of Abu Dawud and the books of al-Jami’ and ash-Shama’il of at-Tirmidhi that Abu Sa’id al-Khudri narrated that when the Prophet finished eating he said:
اَلْحَمدُ لِلهِ الَّذِي أطعَمَنَا وَسَقَانَا وَجَعَلَنَا مُسلِمِينَ
Al-hamdu li-llahi-lladhi at’amana wa saqana wa ja’alana Muslimin.
Praise be to Allah, Who has fed us and given us to drink and made us Muslims.
We relate in the Sunans of Abu Dawud and an-Nasai, with sahih isnads, that Abu Ayyub Khalid ibn Zays al-Ansari reported that when the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) ate and drank he said:
اَلْحَمدُ لِلهِ الَذِي أَطعَمَ وَسَقَى، وَسَوَّغَهُ وَجَعَلَ لَهُ مَخْرَجاً
Al-hamdu li-llahi-lladhi at’ama wa saqa wa sawwaghahu wa ja’ala lahu makhraja.
Praise to Allah, Who had provided [food and drink], made it easy to swallow, and made a way out for it.
We also relate in the Sunans of Abu Dawud that Mu’adh ibn Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah said:
اَلْحَمدُ لِلهِ الَذِي أَطعَمَنِي هَذَا وَرَزَقَنِيهِ مِن غَيرِ حَولٍ مِنِّي وَلَا قُوَّةٍ
Alhamdu li-llahi-lladhi at’amana hadha wa razaqanihi min ghayri hawlin minni wa la quwwah
Whoever eats food and says: Praise be to Allah, Who had fed me this and provided me with it without any power and might from me, his past sins will be forgiven
We relate in the book of Ibn as-Sunni, that a man who served the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى وسلم) say, when food was brought to him: “In the name of Allah,” and when he had finished:
الَّلهُمَّ أَطعَمتَ وَأَسقَيتَ، وَأَغنَيتَ وَأَقنَيتَ، وَهَدَيتَ وَأحيَيْتَ فَلَكَ الحَمدُ عَلَى مَا أَعطَيتَ
Allahumma at’amta wa asqayt, wa aghnayta wa aqnayt, wa hadayta wa ahyayt, fa-laka-l-hamdu ala ma a’tayt.
Oh Allah, You have fed and given to drink, You have freed from need, and You have relieved us, guided us, and revived us. So to You be all praise for what You have granted.
Dua After Eating
We relate in the book of Ibn Sunni that Abdullah ibn Amr ibn Al ‘As reported that the prophet (saw) used to say when he finished his food
اَلحَمدُ لِلهِ الَذِي مَنَّ عَلَينَا وَهَدَانَا، وّالَذِي أَشبَعَنَا وَأَروَانَا، وَكُلَّ الإَحسَانِ آتَانَا
Al-hamdu li-llahi-lladhi manna ‘alayna wa hadana, wa lladhi ashba’ana wa awrana wa-kulla-l-ihsani atana.
Praise be to Allah, Who has favoured and guided us and satisfied our hunger and our thirst and bestowed every kindness upon us
We relate in the book sunans of Abu Dawud that Ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah said: If any one of you eats food- he should say:
الَّلهُمَّ بَارِك لَنَا فِيهِ وَأَطعِمنَا خَيرَاً مِنهُ
Allahumma barik ana fihi wa atimna khayran minh.
Oh Allah, bless us in it and give us better than it to eat.
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