On the command to eat from the side of the dish and the prohibition against eating from the middle

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

107. Chapter: On the command to eat from the side of the dish and the prohibition against eating from the middle

It contains the words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, "Eat from it front of you," which was already given.

744. Ibn 'Abbas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Blessing descends in the middle of the food, so eat from the sides and do not eat from the middle." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

745. 'Abdullah ibn Busr said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, had a bowl called al-Gharra' which had four legs. When it was mid-morning and they had prayed Duha, he was brought that bowl, i.e. there was tharid [stew] in it, and they gathered around it. When there were a lot of people, the Messenger of Allah sat in a kneeling position. A desert Arab said, 'What is this way of sitting?' The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Allah has made me a noble slave. He did not make me a stubborn tyrant.' Then the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'Eat from its sides and leave the top in which the blessing lies.'" [Abu Dawud]