In a video (deleted later), a Shia Muslim, Maulana Alamdar Husain, Imam e Juma from Juhi Kanpur talks about the issue of Shias spitting in food before giving it to others. He says it is not like that and mentions Prophet Mohammad ate some food and mixed it back into the dish, asking everyone to eat it (as a blessing). Further, he also says they will be following what their ideal (Prophet) did.
However, there’s a related query on Islam Question and Answer website islamqa.info. The answer says such a Blessing was sought only from the relics of the Prophet during his life and after his death, if those relics remained. But apart from the Prophet, it is not permissible to seek blessing from the saliva of anyone.
Not a Religious Practice
As such, there’s no saying in Islam or Quran telling Muslims to spit in food before serving to others. But these allegations are heard from a long time. We have also come across a video of Islamic preacher Zakir Naik replying to a question why Sunni don’t eat food from Shia people. He says – there is no Shia and Sunni in Islam. He mentions a Quran Surah Al-An’am from Chapter 6 Verse number 159, which says anyone who makes divisions and sects in the name of Islam, prophet Mohammad has nothing to do with them. Their judgment is left to Allah. He will inform them about what they used to do.
Further, Zakir Naik says a true Muslim is the one who follows the Quran and the authentic teachings of Prophet Mohammad. However, a prophet said even though the Quran prohibits, there will be some people creating (73) sects. The one on true path is the only one who does not make sects and he would be saved and reach heaven.
So, looks like the practice/rumor was either part of blaming each other or a secret revenge between Shias and Sunnis. In case if it really was an age old practice, it arose out of misunderstanding or misinterpretation of Quran or Prophet’s teachings. Today, irrespective of religion and faith, many Muslims and people of other religions eat together from same dishes.
Hoax or Fact:
Hoax with some valid information.