Shaykh Khālid mentioned today in his khutbah that the kuffar have realized that waging war against the Muslims and changing their 'aqeedah directly is not going to work. Instead they have come with a new plot which is to remove the Muslims from their culture and habits. For example: eating with your 3 fingers (the forefinger, middle finger and thumb) and from one plate.
He said this is something الحمد لله you see in Egypt a lot but it's getting more and more rare as time goes by in the cities because of dirty kuffar.
Part of their plan is to educate the Muslims in their university and make them submit to their ways and habits: a knife, fork, spoon and every individual has his own plate.
Not to say all of this is haraam but it's not the foundation; rather, the foundation is with your fingers together. That is where the barakah is and it is the sunnah.
Then he gave an example of certain graduates from al-Azhar who graduated, then went to France, then came back to Egypt disgusted with eating with their fingers from one plate. Then they wrote books trying to say what is clean and civilized is that which they learned in France, when they are the disgusting dirty kuffar. The Shaykh said, by eating like the kuffar you miss out on certain sunnahs:
- Eating in one plate together.
- Eating with 3 fingers.
- Eat from in front of you.
- Licking your fingers.
- Licking your plate.
Translators Note: Leaving off imitating the kuffar (is important). Look at this everyday example the Shaykh gave saying, "This is something small but it leads to something big."