Vinegar is regarded to be a gravy

Question

What is the explanation of the following Hadith?

عن أم هانئ بنت أبي طالب قالت: دخل علي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: هل عندكم شيء؟ فقلت: لا، إلا كسر يابسة وخل، فقال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم: قربيه، فما أقفر بيت من أدم فيه خل

 

Answer

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.

Sayyidah Ummu Hani (radiyallahu ‘anha) relates: “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once entered and asked, “Do you have anything [to eat]?” I replied, “Nothing except a piece of dry bread and vinegar.” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Bring it for the home that has vinegar is not void of gravy.”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1841. Also see: Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 353)

 

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked her if she has food, she replied in the negative and said she only has dry bread and vinegar. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) disapproved of her statement saying that vinegar is regarded to be a gravy. If a house has vinegar, that house has gravy.

(Hashiyatus Sindhi ‘Ala Musnadil Imam Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 431, Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, Hadith: 1481)

 

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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

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