Hadith on giving the elders first

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Is there any Hadith which mentions that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) once gave some drink (after drinking some) to the sahabi on his right and advised him to give it to the elder Sahabi after him.


There is a famous hadith that appears in Sahih Bukhari several times, which states that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) after drinking, saw a young sahabi (Sayyiduna ibn ‘Abbas) on his right and an elder Sahabi on his left. Since the person on the right has first right, Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) asked Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu’anhuma) if he would forgo his right so that the senior Sahabi could be served before him. Sayyiduna ibn ‘Abbas refused as he wanted to be blessed with the left over of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam).

(Sahih Bukhari, hadith: 5620)

This narration mentions that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) requested the young Sahabi before he was to drink and not after, as in your query.

I haven’t come across any narration that supports your version.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar


This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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