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Sunnah 34: Do not blow on food

May 23, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The Prophet (pbuh) forbade blowing into one’s drink. [Tirmidhi]

Sheikh Muhammad Ali Al-Hanooti, Azhari scholar and member of the North American Fiqh Council, stated with regards this hadith:

The Hadith mentioned that the Prophet (pbuh) did not allow breathing in a bowl or a container of food or water when it is for you and other people to drink or eat out of. But if the container is solely for you, you can blow on it to make it cool. The Hadith has nothing to do with a person blowing over food or drink to make it cooler if he has his own container. This action is not what is meant by the Hadith. (From

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Sharh Riyadh al-Saaliheen (2/457):

That is because if a person blows (into the vessel), some harmful things may come with the air that is exhaled, such as disease and the like. But some of the scholars made an exception in cases of necessity, such as if the drink is hot and he needs to drink it quickly. In that case some scholars granted a concession. But it is better not to blow on it, even if it is hot. If it is hot and he has another vessel, then he may pour some of it into that vessel then pour it back until it cools down. (From


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