Cover your vessels at night – Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree


Question: This questioner has three questions.

The first question: Is covering the vessels during the night obligatory or not? Based upon his صَلَّىٰ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ statement:
غطُّوا آنيتَكُم

Cover your vessels.

Shaykh Ubaid: You are alluding to the hadith of Hudaifah, that which has been agreed upon from him:

أوكِئوا السِّقاء واذكروا اسم اللهِ عليْه، وَخمِّروا الإِناء واذكروا اسم اللهِ عليْه وَلَوْ أَن تضعوا عليهِ عودًا

Tie your water-skins and mention the Name of Allah over them, and cover your vessels and mention the Name of Allah over them, even if you place over your vessels a stick.

Muslim added—as it appears in Al Muharrar—:

فَإِنَّ فِي السَّنَةِ لَيْلَةً يَنْزِلُ فِيهَا وَبَاءٌ لَا يَمُرُّ بِإِنَاءٍ لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ غِطَاءٌ ، أَوْ سِقَاءٌ لَيْسَ عَلَيْهِ وِكَاءٌ إِلَّا نَزَلَ فِيهِ مِنْ ذَلِكَ الْوَبَاءِ

For verily there is a night during the year when pestilence descends, and it does not pass an uncovered vessel or an untied water-skin but some of that pestilence descending into it.

Thus what I have taken from this:

First: This affair is obligatory, and it is from the reason for protection, because he said: (even if you place over your vessels a stick) Meaning placing a spoon over a jug or over a bowl that contains drink or food.

Second: This tying—tying the water-skins and covering the vessels—should be done at night. And Allah knows best.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee

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