On saying the basmala when starting to eat and praising Allah afterwards

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

100. Chapter: On saying the basmala when starting to eat and praising Allah afterwards

728. 'Umar ibn Abu Salama said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to me, 'Say the name of Allah and eat with your right hand and eat what is in front of you." [Agreed upon]

729. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'When one of you eats, he should mention the name of Allah Almighty. If he forgets to mention the name of Allah Almighty at the beginning, he should say, "In the name of Allah, the first of it and the last of it."'" [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

730. Jabir said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'When a man enters his house and mentions the name of Allah Almighty both when he enters and when he eats, Shaytan says to his companions, "You have no lodging and no meal." When he enters and does not mention Allah Almighty when he enters, Shaytan says, "You have lodging." When he does not mention Allah Almighty when he eats, he says, "You have lodging and a meal."'" [Muslim]

731. Hudhayfa said, "When we went to eat with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, we did not put our hands in until the Messenger of Allah had first put in his hand. Once we went for food with him and a slavegirl came as if driven [by hunger] and began to put her hand in the food. the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, took hold of her hand. then a bedouin came as if driven [by hunger] and he also took hold of his hand. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Shaytan tries to make food lawful for himself by not having the name of Allah Almighty mentioned over it. He brought this slavegirl to make it lawful for himself and so I took hold of her hand. Then he brought this bedouin to make it lawful for himself and I took hold of his hand. By the One in whose name my soul is, his hand is in my hand with their hands." Then he mentioned the name of Allah Almighty and ate.'" [Muslim]

732. Umayya ibn Makhshi said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was sitting with a man while he was eating. He did not say 'In the name of Allah' until one morsel of his food remained. When he lifted it to his mouth, he said, 'In the name of Allah, the first of it and the last of it.' The Messenger of Allah laughed and then said, 'Shaytan continued to eat with him. When he mentioned the name of Allah, he vomited what was in his stomach.'" [Abu Dawud and an-Nasa'i]

733. 'A'isha said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was eating some food along with six of his Companions when a desert Arab came and ate it up in two mouthfuls. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'If he had said the name of Allah, it would have been enough for all of you.'" [at-Tirmidhi]

734. Abu Umama reported that when the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, finished his meal, he would say, 'Much praise be to Allah, pure [free of self seeking] and blessed praise, for food which is not final or conclusive and of which our Lord has no need.'" [al-Bukhari]

735. Mu'adh ibn Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Whoever eats food and says, 'Praise be to Allah who gave me this and provided me with it without any strength or power on my part,' will be forgiven his previous wrong actions." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]