Licking the Utensil after Eating is Sunnah?
Shaykh Mahir Al-Qahtani
Question: Based on analogy can we consider licking the spoon a sunnah like licking the fingers after a meal?
Answer: The intended meaning for licking is to consume the remaining food. Therefore there is no problem (in licking the utensil). There is another hadeeth which orders us to lick the bowl. Thus the remaining food on a spoon is licked away, just like you lick a bowl or your hands.
The reason for the verdict on licking the hands is to get the remaining food, not because it’s your fingers. That’s right the verdict is because of the presence of the remaining food. It’s unknown where the blessing lies in the meal. The reason isn’t because it’s the fingers.
Taken from : http://www.al-sunan.org/vb/showthread.php?t=8613
Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
Doha, Qatar 1432©