Fatwa: # 24316
Category: Food & Drink
Country: United States
Date: 13th February 2013


What to do with Haraam food items?


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 


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]

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