Anas Radiyallahu ‘Anhu reports that… “Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam never ate food from a table, nor from small plates, nor was chapaati (a type of thin bread) ever made for him. Yunus Radiyallahu ‘Anhu says, I asked Qataadah: ‘Then on what did Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam put and eat his food ?’. He replied: on this leather dastarkhaan'”.
Sayyidina Yunus Radiyallahu ‘Anhu and Sayyidina Qataadah Radiyallahu ‘Anhu who are mentioned in the translation are two narrators in the chain of this hadith. ‘Allaamah Munaawi and Mulla ‘Ali Qaari say that it has always been the custom of proud people to eat on a table. It has been stated in the ‘Kaukabe Durri’ that in our times because it is also an imitation of the Christians, therefore it is rnakruh tahreermi.
The question of imitating others is very important. We have been warned many a time in the hadith (under different headings) about it. We have been prohibited from imitating others in the manner of eating, drinking, mode of dress and even that of worship. The subject of imitating others has been mentioned many a time in the ahaadith of the saum (fast) of ‘Aa-shura and adhaan. We consider it an insignificant thing and do not take special care of it. And to Allah is our complaint.