Will you give information about drinking water in three breaths?

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Will you give information about drinking water in three breaths?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

What is essential is to drink water slowly. The amount of breaths or sips can be increased or decreased based on the amount of the water. It is among the manners of drinking water to drink it in three breaths and to say "Alhamdulillah" after drinking water. The Prophet (pbuh) stated the following:

"Drink water like a baby sucking milk from a breast; do not drink like filling water from a tank. If you do so, you will have lung diseases."

The Prophet always drank water and other beverages in three breaths (Bukhari, Ashriba, 26) and stated the following regarding the issue:

“Do not drink water in one breath like a camel. However, drink it in two or three breaths. Say 'Bismillah' and when you drink something, say 'Alhamdulillah'' after drinking water.” (Tirmidhi, Ashriba, 13)

The Prophet (pbuh) stated the benefits of drinking water in three breaths as follows:

"1. A person who drinks water in three breaths becomes satisfied; thus, his thirst is quenched.

2. It is healthier to drink water in three breaths." (Muslim, Taharah, 65; Ashriba, 121)

If water goes down to the stomach slowly, the body sends it to the place where it is needed. If a lot of water comes at the same time, the body loses its balance and cannot fulfill its duty fully. A person who feels cold feels colder when cold water comes to his stomach suddenly. The body of a person who feels hot shows a reaction to the water that comes to the stomach suddenly and cannot benefit from the coolness of the water fully. If a person drinks water slowly and in little amounts, such harms do not occur.

It is not appropriate to blow into the container of water or beverage. According to what is reported from Abu Said al-Khudri, the Prophet (pbuh) prohibited blowing into drinks. Somebody asked the Prophet (pbuh):

"What shall I do if I see some twigs, etc fall into a container of liquid?" The Prophet (pbuh) said,

"Remove them.” The man asked,

"When I drink water in one breath, I cannot quench my thirst." The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Move the container away from your mouth when you drink. (Drink it in three breaths.) ” (Tirmidhi, Ashriba, 15)

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