According to Islam before beginning to eat food one should say, “Bismillahir-rahmanir-rahim”. It means: In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. The food you are taking in is a manifestation of God’s compassionate nature. When we take a bite of food, we ponder on how it was formed — the world we live in was at one point in time only a ball of fire, then it cooled down and for several years it experienced continuous rainfall. Finally, plants and vegetation grew on earth. After this man learnt how to cultivate crops. In this way it took thousands of years to reach the current stage where we have before us a plate with all kinds of food on it. Thus, while eating food we are able to recognize the great blessing of God which is spread over a very long period of time.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan