Is it established from any Hadith that it is Sunnah not dry the hands after washing them before eating?
I have not come across this in any Hadith.
However, the Fuqaha [Jurists] have recommended that a person should not wipe his hands after washing them before eating. It could therefore be classified as a recommended act.
(Refer: Al Ikhtiyar Li Ta’lilil Mukhtar, vol. 4 pg. 180-181)
Kindly refer to a Mufti/Darul Ifta for a Fatwa on this matter.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar