The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The days of tashreeq are the days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah.”
The days of Tashreeq are the 11th, 12th and 13th days of Dhul Hijjah. Subhan Allah, here is a very interesting connection between eating, drinking and remembering Allah:
Allah says His Book:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُلُواْ مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِلّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ
O you who believe! Eat the halal/pure food that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allah, if you truly worship Him alone.
Notice the connection between eating/drinking and remembering Allah? Eating and drinking, and then thanking Allah is remembrance of Allah [SWT]. Since Allah used “Oh you who believe” in the ayah, eating then thanking Allah [SWT] is one of the ways to increase our eman. Moreover, it’s an awesome, practical way to show our servitude and gratitude towards Allah [SWT] for providing for us.
So during these days of Tashreeq (and afterwards), here’s what we should do:
- begin eating and drinking with the basmallah (Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem)
- eating with our hands (the 3 fingers of the right hand)
- drinking while sitting down
- saying “Alhamdulillah!” like you mean it afterwards
May Allah give us the tawfeeq to remember Him during these days of remembrance, and afterwards! Ameen!