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Eating or Drinking While Standing or Walking 

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can one eat and drink standing or while walking?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

The is no difference of opinion between the jurists that it is recommended to sit when eating or drinking, and drinking while standing is better not to do (khilaf al-awla) according to the majority of the jurists, as mentioned in the Mawsu`a Fiqhiyya.

Ibn Abidin mentioned in his Radd al-Muhtar that there are different hadiths, some interdicting eating and drinking while standing and others allowing it. After much discussion, he closed by mentioning that it is stated in Fusul al-`Alami that,

“It is disliked to eat or drink on the street. It is [somewhat] disliked to eat standing or walking, while it is not wrong to drink standing [f: la ba’s, this expression indicated that it is better not to do so]. However, one should not drink while walking, though it has been allowed for travelers.” [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, ‘Bab al-Wudu’]

And Allah knows best.

Faraz Rabbani.

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