Khidmat in the path of Allah (int the kitchen)

Send someone to the town with his silver (coins). Let him then see which food is purest so that he can bring some provisions from there. However, he should be subtle (courteous) in his approach and never inform anyone about you.
• To pick khidmat brothers
• Collective money (Ijtimaee money)
• The khidmath brothers have to see and look around for what’s halaal etc…
• Khitdmat brothers going town/ shops etc…
A group of brothers in khidmat (brothers in khidmat for the rest of Jamaat)

Ibne Anas (R.A) narrated “Once we accompanied Prophet (S.A.W) on a journey, amongst us there were Sa’ims (some fasting) and Mutfir (some not fasting). (Anas (R.A)) said “On a hot day we camped (and settled down), many of us went under the shadow of our robes (Arabic) and some used our hands for protection from the sun (its light and heat). He said, “The suwwaam (those fasting) fell down and the mufthiroon (those not fasting) stood up (for khidmat of the rest) and began to construct tents and quench the riding camels. The Prophet (S.A.W) said “The muftiroon (those not fasting) today, have exceeded in reward”
• Khidmat in the path of Allah
• A group a few brothers in khidmat helping the rest
• The virtue of khidmat
(Sahih Muslim)

Khidmat in the path of Allah and its virtues

Anas (R.A) narrated once the Prophet (S.A.W) was out on a journey, some amongst them were fasting and some were not. So those who didn’t keep fast began to do khidmat and work and the ones fasting became weak and slackened from some of the work. (Anas (R.A)) said (upon seeing this Prophet (S.A.W) said “The muftiroon (those not fasting) today have exceeded in reward.”

Khidmat in the path of Allah

Anas (R.A) narrated we once accompanied Prophet (S.A.W) most of us had taken shade under our robe (Arabic), the sa’im (those who were fasting) didn’t do much (because of their weakness), and those of who hadn’t fasted they the riding camels, they wore themselves out (in khidmat) and they manipulate. (Upon seeing this) Prophet (S.A.W) said “the muftiroon (those not fasting) today, have exceeded in reward”
We can see that to have fixed brothers for khidmat and the rest carrying on with their amaal was the act of Sahaba.

Tiffin, Collective meal etc…
Suwaid Ibne Annu’man (R.A) narrated in the year of the conquest of Khaibar I went with Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) till we reached Sahba, a place near Khaibar, were Rasullulah (S.A.W) offered Asr salah and asked for food. Nothing but assaweeq (flour) was bough. He ordered it to be moistened with water. He and all of us ate it and the Prophet (S.A.W) got up for the evening prayer (Maghrib salah), rinsed his mouth with water and we did the same, and then he offered salah without repeating the abulation (wuhdu).
Many points can be taken from this Hadith
• We see that in jamaat ijtimaee (collective) money is gathered e.g. £10 everyone gives this amount but when it comes to dining we see some brothers eat 3 rotis and some maybe 6. So this looks unfair, but the answer is “No” as seen in the above hadith all the Sahaba gave saweeq and they ate together some ate less/more than the other.
• In some Markiz (Markaz) in the U.K the brothers bring (tiffins) with them. However this food is gathered and shared out between all the brothers. This had been the sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) and the Sahaba.
• In jamaat and in large gatherings the brothers are emphasised to dine together just as the Sahaba.
• It is seen that brothers carry a box with provisions inside. This was the amaal of Sahaba.
• Sahaba food provision were really simple

(Sahih Al- Bukhari)