RULING ON DRINKING WHILE STANDING ?

ruling on drinking water while standing

RULING ON DRINKING WHILE STANDING ?

CONTENT :-

1) HADITH WHICH SAY THAT THE PROPHET (P.B.U.H) FORBADE DRINKING WHILE STANDING.

2) HADITH WHICH SAY THAT THE PROPHET (P.B.U.H) DRANK WHILE STANDING.

3) SOME OPINIONS OF SCHOLAR.

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1) HADITH WHICH SAY THAT THE PROPHET (P.B.U.H) FORBADE DRINKING WHILE STANDING. :-


Anas reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) disapproved the drinking of water while standing.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 23, Hadith 5017)

Abu Sa’id Khudri reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) warned against drinking while standing.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 23, Hadith 5020)

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:The Prophet (p.b.u.h) forbade that a man should drink while standing.

ABU DAWOOD (Book 26, Hadith 3708)
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2) HADITH WHICH SAY THAT THE PROPHET (P.B.U.H) DRANK WHILE STANDING. :-

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:The Prophet (p.b.u.h) drank Zamzam (water) while standing.

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 69, Hadith 521)

Ibn Abbas reported:I served. (water of) Zamzam to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he drank it while standing.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 23, Hadith 5023)

Ibn ‘Abbas reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) drank (water) from Zamzam in a bucket while he was standing.

SAHIH MUSLIM (Book 23, Hadith 5024)

Narrated An-Nazzal:Ali came to the gate of the courtyard (of the Mosque) and drank (water) while he was standing and said, “Some people dislike to drink while standing, but I saw the Prophet (p.b.u.h) doing (drinking water) as you have seen me doing now.”

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 69, Hadith 519)
ABU DAWOOD (Book 26, Hadith 3709)

Narrated An-Nazzal bin Sabra:`Ali offered the Zuhr prayer and then sat down in the wide courtyard (of the Mosque) of Kufa in order to deal with the affairs of the people till the `Asr prayer became due. Then water was brought to him and he drank of it, washed his face, hands, head and feet. Then he stood up and drank the remaining water while he was standing. and said, “Some people dislike to drink water while standing thought the Prophet did as I have just done.”

SAHIH BUKHARI (Vol. 7, Book 69, Hadith 520)

Narrated that ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allaah be pleased with him) drank whilst standing, and the people looked at him as if they objected to that. He said: “What are you looking at? If I drink whilst standing, I saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) drink whilst standing, and if I drink sitting, I saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) drink whilst sitting.”

MUSNAD AHMAD (HADITH 797)

SOURCE OF MUSNAD AHMAD :-

http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=6&ID=7&idfrom=530&idto=1308&bookid=6&startno=226


It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said:“At the time of the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h) we used to eat while walking, and drink while standing up.”

IBN MAJAH (Vol. 1, Book 29, Hadith 3301)

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:”We would eat during the time of the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h) while we were walking, and we would drink while we were standing.”

SUNAN TIRMIDHI ( Book 26, Hadith 20)

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3) SOME OPINIONS OF SCHOLAR. :-

The scholars reconciled these hadeeth by stating that the forbidding mentioned here does not mean that it is haraam, rather it is to be understood as advice, and that it is better to drink whilst sitting. The ahaadeeth which describe the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) drinking whilst standing indicate that it is permissible to do that.

AL-NAWAWI SAID :-


وليس في هذه الأحاديث بحمد الله تعالى إشكال ، ولا فيها ضعف ، بل كلها صحيحة، والصواب فيها أن النهي فيها محمول على كراهة التنزيه . وأما شربه صلى الله عليه وسلم قائما فبيان للجواز ، فلا إشكال ولا تعارض ، وهذا الذي ذكرناه يتعين المصير إليه


فإن قيل : كيف يكون الشرب قائما مكروها وقد فعله النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ؟

فالجواب : أن فعله صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا كان بيانا للجواز لا يكون مكروها، بل البيان واجب عليه صلى الله عليه وسلم ، فكيف يكون مكروها وقد ثبت عنه أنه صلى الله عليه وسلم توضأ مرة مرة وطاف على بعير مع أن الإجماع على أن الوضوء ثلاثا والطواف ماشيا أكمل ، ونظائر هذا غير منحصرة ، فكان صلى الله عليه وسلم ينبه على جواز الشيء مرة أو مرات ، ويواظب على الأفضل منه ، وهكذا كان أكثر وضوئه صلى الله عليه وسلم ثلاثا ثلاثا ، وأكثر طوافه ماشيا ، وأكثر شربه جالسا ، وهذا واضح لا يتشكك فيه من له أدنى نسبة إلى علم . والله أعلم

There is no contradiction in these ahaadeeth, praise be to Allaah, and none of them are da’eef (weak). Rather they are all saheeh. The correct view is that the forbidding mentioned in them is to be understood as meaning that it is disliked. The fact that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) drank whilst standing indicates that it is permissible to do so. This is all that needs to be said on the matter.

If it is asked: How come it is makrooh to drink whilst standing when the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did that?

The answer is that if what he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did was to show that it is permissible, then it is not makrooh, rather he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was obliged to show and explain that, so how can it be makrooh? It is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did wudoo’ washing each part only once, and that he circumambulated the Ka’bah (i.e., did tawaaf) riding a camel – even though there is scholarly consensus that it is better to do wudoo’ washing each part three times and that it is better to do tawaaf walking. There are many similar examples. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was demonstrating that something is permissible one time or many times, but he persisted in following the better option. So usually when he did wudoo’ he washed each part three times, and he usually did tawaaf walking, and he usually drank whilst sitting. This is clear and is not confusing to anyone who has the slightest claim to knowledge. And Allaah knows best.

(SHARAH AN NAWAWI UNDER THE HADITH 2024,SAHIH MUSLIM)

SOURCE OF SHARAH AN NAWAWI :-

http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?idfrom=6132&idto=6140&bk_no=53&ID=953

This reconciliation between the ahaadeeth was suggested by al-Khattaabi, Ibn Battaal, al-Tabari and others.

AL-HAAFIZ SAID :-

وهذا أحسن المسالك وأسلمها وأبعدها من الاعتراض

This is the best and soundest explanation, and the farthest removed from contradiction.

(FAATH UL-BAARI UNDER THE HADITH 5923)

SOURCE OF FAATH UL-BAARI :-

http://www.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?bk_no=52&ID=3138&idfrom=10262&idto=10267&bookid=52&startno=1

The basic ruling is that one should drink whilst sitting, which is better, but one may drink whilst standing. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did both to demonstrate that.

(FATAAWA AL-LAJNAH AL-DAA’IMAH 22/133)

Posted on February 21, 2013, in OTHERS and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. jazakallah

  2. Justice Khaleel

    I’ve been searching for a desolation of this for long but it keeps confusing me and what confused me most is: all the ahaadeeth are sounds. Thanks for your effort but am soundly satisfied.

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