Eating and Drinking whilst standing

Fatwa ID: 02532

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Imad Ali

Question:

We know that sitting down when eating, or drinking is a Sunnah, but if one chooses not to on occasions just because they prefer not to, will such a person be sinful?

Answer

Regarding your question, Ibn Abidin mentioned that there are different hadiths, some interdicting eating and drinking while standing and others allowing it. (Radd al Muhtar).

After much discussion, Ibn Abidin concluded that “it is disliked for one to eat and drink on the streets. It is also disliked for one to eat and drink while standing and walking, while it is not wrong to drink standing (this expression indicated that it is better not to do so).

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Muhammad Imad Ali.

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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