Eating Food Fried in Pork Oil: Permissible?
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Eating Food Fried in Pork Oil: Permissible?



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Jul 05, 2017


As-salamu `alaykum. I would like to know if a Muslim can eat food that has been fried in the same oil that pork has been fried?




Eating Food Fried in Pork Oil

Wa`alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. 
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

We have to abstain from consuming the flesh of the pork as well as any food that is fried in its oil, since pork is impure, and hence,  it contaminates the oil in which it is fried.

In his response to your question, Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, stated:

Eating the flesh of pigs is forbidden in Islam as it is ordered in the Qur’an. Allah Almighty says:

“Forbidden to you (for food) are carrion, blood, swine flesh, and that which has been dedicated to any other than Allah; that which has been strangled; that which has been beaten to death (by a blunt instrument); that which fell (a long fall); that which was gored by horns; that of which predators have eaten—saving that which you make lawful (by slaughtering before they die); and which has been sacrificed to idols.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:3)

Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Say: I do not find in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden for an eater to eat of except that it be what has died of itself, or blood poured forth, or flesh of swine– for that surely is unclean– or that which is a transgression, other than (the name of) Allah having been invoked on it; but whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring nor exceeding the limit, then surely your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.” (Al-An`am 6:145)

Therefore, some scholars say that only the flesh of the swine is impure, so eating food that has been fried in the same oil in which pork has been fried, is permissible. The justification here is that Almighty Allah only mentioned its flesh as being forbidden in the verse.

However, the majority of scholars are of the opinion that the entire body of the pig is forbidden; its flesh, bones, and fat. Therefore, we have to avoid eating any food that has been fried in the same oil in which pork has been fried.

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty
, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of  Toronto, Canada , added:

We are not allowed to eat food that has been fried in the same oil in which pork or its by-products have been fried. It is clearly haram and we must not rationalize it. Therefore, stay away from it as best as you can.

Almighty Allah knows best.

About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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