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Can I Accept Food from Non-Muslims for Iftar?

Questioner

Saleem

Reply Date

May 14, 2019

Question

Can the mosque accept food for iftar or money for iftar in Ramadan from a non-Muslim?

Mufti

Answer


Can I Accept Food from Non-Muslims for Iftar?

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- There is nothing wrong if Muslims accept food for iftar in Ramadan offered by non-Muslims.

2- There is nothing wrong if they accept money from non-Muslims to buy iftar.


 Answering your question, the Fatwa Center at Islam Q and A, states:

There is nothing wrong with the Muslims accepting food for iftar in Ramadan offered by non-Muslims, just as there is nothing wrong with accepting money from non-Muslims to buy iftar.

The most that can be said about this food is that it is a gift, and the Prophet (peace be upon him) accepted gifts from some of the disbelievers.

It was narrated that Abu Humayd As-Saidi said: We went on campaign with the Prophet to Tabook, and the King of Aylah gave the Prophet a gift of a white mule and a cloak. (Al-Bukhari)

Al-Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib said, regarding the battle of Hunayn: The Messenger of Allah was riding a white mule of his that was given to him as a gift by Farwah ibn Nufathah al-Judhami. (Muslim)

It was narrated from Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) that Ukaydir of Doomah gave the Prophet a garment of silk, and he gave it to Ali and said: “Cut it up to make head coverings for the Fatimahs.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“This hadith indicates that it is permissible to accept the gift of a disbeliever.” (Sharh Muslim 14/50-51)

It was narrated from Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that a Jewish woman brought some roast lamb to the Prophet and he ate from it. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

It says in Fatawa al-Lajnah ad-Da’imah, 10/470:

“It is permissible to eat these sweets that the non-Muslims offer to Muslims on ordinary – not religious – occasions, such as the birth of a child and the like, because this comes under the heading of accepting the gift of a disbeliever, and it is proven from the Prophet that he accepted the gifts of the disbeliever.”

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: www.islamqa.info




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