Category: Psychological and Social
Fatwa#: 39102
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Oct 08,2017

Title: Students wasting food.



I am based in Tanzania. I am studying in an Islamic High School. My fellow Muslim room mates are indulged in watching football. What can I do about this?

Also, the same room mates waste alot of food.

Is there an islamic way to kindly explain the above to them, that its wrong?





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

As-salaamu `alaykum wa-ramatullahi wa-barakatuh.

The most effective way to correct a wrong is to lead by example.

Inform your room mates that you will take charge of the left over fresh food to earn them reward. You may then;

  1. Give the food to the poor needy with the intention of sadaqa.
  2. Give the food to birds or animals.
  3. In the case where one does not have any reach to animals or birds, leave it in an open place where some bird or animal will find it`s way to the food.[1]

Your colleagues will observe your conduct and learn how to avoid wasting food and learn to serve fellow creation of Allah.

You may share the following hadith with them;

 Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam said;

أَفْضَلُ الصَّدَقَةِ أَنْ تُشْبِعَ كَبِدًا جَائِعًا. [2]

“The best charity one can do is to fill an empty stomach (human or animal, any living being)”


And Allah Ta`ala Knows Best.

Hussein Muhammad.

Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



{إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ } [الإسراء: 27]

{فَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيْرًا يَرَهُ (7) وَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ شَرًّا يَرَهُ } [الزلزلة: 7، 8]

سنن ابن ماجه ت الأرنؤوط (2/ 360)

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ سَلَامٍ، قَالَ: لَمَّا قَدِمَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - الْمَدِينَةَ انْجَفَلَ النَّاسُ إِلَيْهِ وَقِيلَ: قَدِمَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ -، فَجِئْتُ فِي النَّاسِ لِأَنْظُرَ إِلَيْهِ، فَلَمَّا اسْتَبَنْتُ وَجْهَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - عَرَفْتُ أَنَّ وَجْهَهُ لَيْسَ بِوَجْهِ كَذَّابٍ، فَكَانَ أَوَّلَ شَيْءٍ تَكَلَّمَ بِهِ أَنْ قَالَ: "يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ، أَفْشُوا السَّلَامَ، وَأَطْعِمُوا الطَّعَامَ، وَصَلُّوا بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّاسُ نِيَامٌ، تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ بِسَلَامٍ"



شعب الإيمان (5/ 60)


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