Food Cooked by Non-Muslims: Allowed?
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Food Cooked by Non-Muslims: Allowed?

Questioner

Fouad

Reply Date

Sep 21, 2018

Question

I work in a non-Muslim country. The company I work provides meals for the employees which is prepared by non-Muslims (not ahl al-kitabs). They also serve pork even though we don't eat any meat or pork. I would like to know whether it is halal to eat the food they prepare as they will be using the same kitchen utensils to prepare these meals and those fryers or utensils will not be cleaned according to the Shari`ah rulings. I encounter the same problem when I go to restaurants and hotels as mostly they are managed and own by non-Muslims.

Mufti

Answer


Food Cooked by Non-Muslims

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:

1- Muslims are allowed to eat the food prepared by any human being as long as it is clean, healthy and prepared with halal (lawful) ingredients.

2- It is permissible to use the plates and utensils which were previously used in serving haram food and drinks as long as they are properly washed in a way that removes all the traces of the haram food or drink


In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Our religion is simple and natural, and teaches us to deal with all people fairly and justly; halal is halal and haram is haram regardless of whether it is provided by a Muslim or a non-Muslim. The laws of Allah do not discriminate among people.

It may be illuminating to know that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his companions used to eat food that had been prepared by their pagan relatives and friends; they only avoided those foods which are forbidden in Islam.

With this in mind, there will be nothing wrong with the food you eat as long as the people who prepare the food do clean the kitchen utensils.

It is practically difficult to have Muslim utensils inside the company or western restaurants, and based on this Muslim scholars state that it is permissible to use the plates and utensils which were previously used in serving haram food and drinks as long as they are properly washed in a way that removes all the traces of the haram food or drink.

 Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




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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