Feeding others and sharing food with others
When we have food in our home (which we almost always do), or while we are eating something (even something like a packet of crisps or sweets), a good action to practice is to think of others and share that food with them.
This action is so highly recommended that our beloved Nabi ﷺ advised:
“When you cook broth (soup or curry) add more water (to increase its quantity) and give some to your neighbour.” [Ibn Majah]
This hadeeth teaches us some very simple lessons about sharing:
– Think of others and not just yourself.
– Look for ways to share food.
– Look out for one another.
– Look for opportunities to feed people.
– Do not only share food items when you cook something ‘special’, any food item, as simple as it maybe can be shared.
– Look out especially for those who are poor, elderly and/or live alone
– Make a habit of taking people home for food.
– While eating or preparing food be alert of those around us and look for ways to share.
Above all by sharing food and feeding others:
– Our greed and selfishness decreases
– Feelings for others increases
– Love and affection for one another grows in the hearts
– The doors of rizq (sustenance) from Allah Ta’aala opens wider for us
– We will build a society where people are always looking out for one another.