Fatwa: # 21051
Category: Food & Drink
Country: South Africa
Date: 25th May 2012


What should one do with impermissible food items?


What should one do with impermissible food items?


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

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

1. It is not permissible to give any consumable items which contain Haraam (forbidden) elements to human beings, animals or any other creature.[1]

2. In principle, one will have to dispose of consumable items which contain Haraam elements.[2]

3. Disposing of such items is not considered as Israaf. Since, Israaf is only applicable to Halaal (permissible) items.[3]

4. If Haraam items are left in any place and if someone takes them away, you will not be responsible for giving away Haraam.[4] 

And Allah knows best.

Ismail Desai,

Durban, South Africa

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved

Mufti Ebrahim Desai





 معارف القران للمفتي محمد شفيع الديوبندي الممفتي الاعظم بباكستان.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.




الاسراف: تجاوز الحد المعتاد في الانفاق في الحلال.معجم لغة الفقهاء.ص 68. ادارة.


 معارف القران.ص 428/ ج 1.[4]

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