Food Cooked and Served by Hindus: Halal?

18 September, 2018
Q If the meat is halal, is a Muslim allowed to eat food made or prepared by a Hindu person? Are there any hadiths or anything in the Qur’an that says we are not allowed? And if we aren't, what could be a reason?


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:

As long as the meat is halal and slaughtered in a halal way, you are allowed to eat it irrespective of the person who cooks it provided that he or she follows the general conditions of cleanliness and hygiene.

In his response to your question, Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf, Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, states:

If the meat is halal, it does not matter who cooks it. We have many examples by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and the Companions (may Allah Almighty be pleased with them all) that they have at times non-Muslim and non Ahlul-Kitab servants and it is very likely that they cook for them.

The Qur’an only speaks about the slaughtering as that is what matter. Who cooks or processes it does not matter at all as long as conditions of general cleanliness are fulfilled.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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