Drinking from chipped portion of glass

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_ I had heard that it is not permissible to eat/drink from a bowl/plate/glass that has a broken portion. Is this true? Also, what if the bowl is only slightly chipped on its side? Will it be impermissible to use that?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

_ Hereunder is the hadith referred to in your query:

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (Radiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) forbade from drinking from the broken portion of a bowl and from blowing on the drink.” (Abu Dawud: 2/167 Maktaba Rahmaaniya)

The commentators of the hadith have mentioned a few reasons for Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) forbidding drinking from the broken portion of a bowl. Among those reasons are: if a person drinks from the broken side of a bowl/glass, water will leak from the broken part and fall on his body and clothes thereby inconveniencing and troubling him; the broken portion of a bowl/glass cannot be cleaned properly and therefore if someone drinks from it, he will drink dirt and filth. (Bazlul Majhood: 4/341; ‘Aun al-Ma’bood: 10/257)

From the above, one can understand that Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) prohibited us from drinking from the broken portion of a bowl/cup out of mercy for us, and to protect us from harm.

Hence, if a person drinks from the unbroken portion of a bowl/glass/mug that is broken or chipped on one side, it will be permissible.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Faizal Riza

This answer was collected from, which is connected to Darul Ifta Australia, based in Melbourne, Australia.
It is operated by Mufti Faizal Riza, a student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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