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Can One Drink Water Before or After Eating?

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Answered by: Maulana Syed Johir Miah


Some people say that it is unhealthy to drink water right after eating. Are there any narrations regarding when to drink and when not to?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



Islamically, it is not disliked to drink water before or after food, since there is nothing established in that from Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم).[1]

Hence, a person can drink water; before, during or after the course of food.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Syed Johir Miah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1]فلا يكره شرعًا شرب الماء قبل الطعام ولا بعده، حيث لم يرد شيء في ذلك عن النبي ﷺ

Fatawaa Shabakah Islamiyyah, 435/17, 1430 H.

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