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Licking The Fingers After Eating

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Azaadville

Question:

Is there a sunnah method and order of licking one’s finger after eating?

Answer:

The Mustahabb way of licking the fingers after eating is as follows: 

A person should start with the middle finger followed by the index then the thumb.

Hazrat Ka’ab Bin Ujrah I narrates, “I saw Nabi H eating with three fingers which were the thumb, the index and the middle finger. Thereafter I saw him licking them in the following sequence; first the middle finger, then the index finger and lastly the thumb.” (Al Mu’jamul Awsat lit Tabrani)

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

‌كَعْبِ ‌بْنِعُجْرَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ قَالَ: «رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِوَسَلَّمَ يَأْكُلُ بِأَصَابِعِهِ الثَّلَاثِ: بِالْإِبْهَامِ، وَالَّتِيتَلِيهَا، وَالْوُسْطَى، ثُمَّ رَأَيْتُهُ يَلْعَقُ أَصَابِعَهُ الثَّلَاثَ قَبْلَأَنْ يَمْسَحَهَا، وَيَلْعَقُ الْوُسْطَى، ثُمَّ الَّتِي تَلِيهَا، ثُمَّالْإِبْهَامَ»
(المعجم الأوسط/ج2/ص180/رقم1649)

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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