Category: Food & Drink
Fatwa#: 24316
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Feb 13,2013

Title: What to do with Haraam food items?

Question

AsalaamuAlaikum,
If I buy any kind of food, and realize it is haraam right after I buy it, will it be better to throw away that food or give it to a nonmuslim friend/coworker. Will I get the sin if i give that haraam food to a nonmuslim and he eats it.
Jazakallah Khair 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

According to Shariah, it is not permissible to give any consumable items which contain Haraam (forbidden) elements to human beings, animals or any other creature.[1]Rather, one will have to dispose of consumable items which contain Haraam elements.[2]

 

It is therefore sinful for one to give Haraam food items to non-muslims. However, if Haraam food is left in a certain place and someone picks the food up, then one will not be responsible for giving Haraam food.[3]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best                                       

Ismail Desai,
Student Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



 معارف القران للمفتي محمد ِشفيع الديوبندي.ص 427/ ج 1.كراتشي.[1]

فلا يجوز الانتفاع بشئ منها.و لا بشئ من النجاسات علي وجه من وجوه الانتفاع. حتي لا يجوز ان يسقي الزرع منها و لا الحيوان الماء النجس. ولا تعلف البهائم النجاسات.الجامع لاحكام القران للقرطبي.ص 612/ ج 1.الحديث.

 

 معارف القران.ص 428/ ج 1.[2]

الجامع لاحكام القران.ص 612/ ج 1

 

  معارف القران.ص 428/ ج 1.[3]

DISCLAIMER - AskImam.org questions
AskImam.org answers issues pertaining to Shar'ah. Thereafter, these questions and answers are placed for public view on www.askimam.org for educational purposes. However, many of these answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation or another environment. Askimam.org bears no responsibility with regards to these questions being used out of their intended context.
  • The Shar's ruling herein given is based specifically on the question posed and should be read in conjunction with the question.
  • AskImam.org bears no responsibility to any party who may or may not act on this answer and is being hereby exempted from loss or damage howsoever caused.
  • This answer may not be used as evidence in any Court of Law without prior written consent of AskImam.org.
  • Any or all links provided in our emails, answers and articles are restricted to the specific material being cited. Such referencing should not be taken as an endorsement of other contents of that website.