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Sunnah 15: Sit down when drinking

May 4, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “None of you should drink while standing” [Muslim]

Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, adds:

“It was the Prophet’s habit to drink while sitting. However, it is reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim that he was given Zamzam water and he drank it while standing. Reconciling these two seemingly conflicting hadiths is possible and none of them abrogates the other. Drinking while sitting is desirable but not obligatory and that is why the Prophet sometimes drank while standing to explain that doing so is permissible. Yet, it is better to drink while sitting. It is also authenticated that some of the Prophet’s Companions, particularly the Rightly Guided Caliphs, drank while standing.”

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