Eating something sweet before a meal

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Is it Sunnah to eat something sweet before or after eating your meal?



Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) did not have the luxury of eating a meal on a daily basis, let alone having a variety of dishes for one meal. Therefore such a practice cannot be deemed a regular or emphasised Sunnah of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).


There are certain instances wherein Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) ate dates before a meal. Based on this, having something sweet before a meal could be established. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2038). See here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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