Favorite personal preferences of the Prophet
Fatwa No: 83083

  • Fatwa Date:15-7-2001 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 24, 1422
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Question

What are the favorite foods, clothes, perfume, etc. of our Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds.  I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) loved to eat meat. Imaam Tirmithi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him narrates in his book "Shamail at-Tirmithi (Merits of the Prophet)" from Jaabir ibn 'Abdullaah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him who said, 'The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came to us in our house, we slaughtered a sheep in his honor. Then he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "More likely they knew that we love meat". The most beloved part to him from a slaughtered animal was its arm and back. Abu Rafi  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated, 'It seems that the Prophet was fond to eat the arm". [Ahmad and Abu Daawood]

'Abdullaah ibn Ja'far  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated: 'I heard the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) saying: "The best meat is the meat of the back (the meat that is along the backbone of the animal)". [Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and al-Haakim]

The Prophet also liked pumpkin. Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said, "I went with Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) to eat some food which a tailor made for him. He served barley, bread and soup with pumpkin in it. I saw the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) going after the pumpkin around the dish, so I have always liked pumpkin since that day". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. In the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him it is narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) was fond of pumpkin. Thareed, a dish made of meat and bread also appealed to him. It was not his habit to point out faults in food; if it pleased him, he ate it, otherwise he left it. [Al-Bukhari and others]

As for his garments, the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to give priority to white garments over other colors. He also said: "Wear your white garments, for they are among your best garments, and shroud your dead in them". [Ahmad, Abu Daawood, At-Tirmithi and Al-Nasaa'i] It is also narrated from Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him he said that the most beloved garment to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) to wear was the Hibrah (a kind of Yemeni cloth). [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] At-Tirmithi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him narrates from Umm Salamah that she said, 'The shirt was among the most beloved garments to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )'. As for perfumes, the most beloved perfume to him was musk. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Musk is the best of your perfumes". [At-Tirmithi]

Allaah Knows best.

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