Hadith on Halal: Command of Pure Consumption

📖Sahih Muslim 1015
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: O people, Allah is Good and He therefore, accepts only that which is good. And Allah commanded the believers as He commanded the Messengers by saying: “O Messengers, eat of the good things, and do good deeds; verily I am aware of what you do” (xxiii. 51). And He said: “O those who believe, eat of the good things that We gave you” (ii. 172). He then made a mention of a person who travels widely, his hair disheveled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky (and thus makes the supplication): “O Lord, O Lord,” whereas his diet is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful. How can then his supplication be accepted?

From this hadith, we learn several important lessons:

  1. Allah is Good: The hadith begins by emphasizing that Allah is good, which signifies His purity, benevolence, and perfection. As a result, He only accepts that which is good and lawful.
  2. Importance of Good Deeds: The hadith mentions that Allah commanded the believers, as well as the Messengers, to eat of the good things and perform good deeds. This highlights the significance of engaging in righteous actions and maintaining a pure lifestyle.
  3. Lawful Consumption: Allah instructs the believers to eat of the good things that He has provided. This emphasizes the importance of consuming lawful and permissible food and drinks, as well as wearing lawful clothing.
  4. Illegitimate Actions and Supplication: The hadith then presents a scenario where an individual engages in unlawful actions, such as consuming forbidden food, drink, and clothing. Despite this person’s supplication, the narration questions how their prayer can be accepted when their entire lifestyle is based on what is prohibited.

In summary, this hadith highlights the importance of leading a righteous life, consuming lawful provisions, and performing good deeds. It serves as a reminder that engaging in unlawful actions can affect the acceptance of one’s supplications.