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Ibn Ka'b b. Malik reported on the authority of his father that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to eat (food) with three fingers and he licked his hand before wiping it (with towel).
حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ يَحْيَى، أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، عَنْ هِشَامِ بْنِ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ،
بْنِ سَعْدٍ عَنِ ابْنِ كَعْبِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، قَالَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَأْكُلُ
بِثَلاَثِ أَصَابِعَ وَيَلْعَقُ يَدَهُ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَمْسَحَهَا ‏.‏

Classification

Sahih (Authentic)

References

• Sahih Muslim, 2032b
• Sahih Muslim, Vol. 5, Book of Drinks, Hadith 5040
• Sahih Muslim, Book of Drinks, Hadith 5040