(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him)
Umm Haani radiyallaahu anhu (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated:
Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam came to me and asked, “Do you
have anything to eat?”
“Nothing,” I replied, “Except for dry bread and vinegar.” Rasulullah
sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said, “Bring it. A house which has
vinegar is not bereft of curry.”
Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:
Ibn Abbas radiyallaahu anhumaa narrates this incident in more detail.
The takhrij of al-Bayhaqi concerning this incident is briefly as
follows. Upon the conquest of Makkah (20 Ramadhaan 8 Hijri)
Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam went to the house of Umm
Haani. He asked, “Do you have anything to eat?” She replied, “Yaa
Rasulallah, there is only dry bread. I feel ashamed to present it to
Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said, “Do not worry.
Bring it.” She presented it. He broke it into pieces, soaked them in
water and added salt. He then asked, “Have you any curry.” She
replied, “Only vinegar.” He requested it and poured some on the
soaked bread. He ate and thanked Allaah. He then said, “O Umm Haanii,
the house that has vinegar in it is never without a curry.”
Allaahu Akbar! What a simple life Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi
wasallam led. How wonderful if Allaah through His mercy and the
intercession of Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam granted us
such simplicity as well. Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam only
gave food importance to the extent of need. He ate whatever was
available. Eating was looked upon as a means to sustain life. It was
not as we see it that filling the stomach is more important than
Their aim in life was to propagate Deen and make a fertile ground for
it. Eating was simply a human need. It is also established from the
Hadith that where one has an informal relationship with someone there
is no harm in asking for something.
Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizi, Chapter on the curry of Rasulullah
sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam.