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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Vinegar Excellent Condiment

Jabir (radi Allahu anhu) said: “I entered the house of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with him and there was some bread and vinegar. The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘Eat; what a good condiment is vinegar.’’’ [Sunan an-Nasai]

The foods eaten by the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) were simple. The focus of his life was the Akhirah. His concern was to obtain Allah’s Pleasure, and do his best to have everyone else taste the sweetness of Eeman too.

When a caring person moves from the hot sun into pleasant shade, he/she wants to have others also partake of this relief. Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was sent by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as a mercy for all mankind. Thus, no one has wanted more than him to bring others into the shade of Allah’s mercy. Hence, his life revolved around trying to share the goodness of Islam with others, rather than elaborate meals and menus.

Vinegar has been praised in this hadith as something good. From this hadith we also learn that bread and vinegar is a meal.

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