What’s Better; Eating First or Praying (Salat) First?

Eating First or Praying (Salat) First? ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain what we should do when food is prepared for us to eat. Our discussion this time is a discussion related to things that are often experienced by many people. It is not impossible for us to experience that. We can compare it like that, “For example, now we hear Adhan for Maghrib prayer. On the other hand, the afternoon meal was prepared for us to eat. We have two choices; eat first or pray first? “Surely we must be able to make the best decisions.

As always, before I answer the question above, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to this discussion.

Hadith About Eating First or Praying (Salat) First

The hadith about eating first or praying (salat) first that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ ؛ إِذَا قُدِّمَ الْعَشَاءُ فَابْدَءُوْا بِهِ قَبْلَ أَنْ تُصَلُّوْا الْمَغْرِبَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Anas radliyallaahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “If the dish for the afternoon has been served, then eat first before you pray Maghrib.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

All readers! If we understand the hadith above, then of course we already know, that the best choice is that we either eat food that has been prepared in advance, then we pray. That is the best choice because it is very possible that we will remember the food when we pray, even though we are required to devoutly.

We can use such cases to determine the best choice in other cases, such as if we have to drink coffee first or pray first, have sex first or pray first. But what we need to pay attention to is whether it’s enough time to do two activities. What I mean is, if only the remaining time is enough to pray, then of course we must pray first, because in this context the most important thing is to pray and pray devoutly. We cannot eat first if there is not enough time left for prayer. We must be observant about the conditions.

Thus, a brief explanation of eating first or praying (salat) first? Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand! If you have questions, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.255.


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