Eating Prayer Offerings from People of Other Religions
  • Question:

    Is it permissible to eat prayer offerings by people of other religions (e.g. Prasad from Hindus and Sikhs, bread from Christians)?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    The foundation of everything in Islam, is the worship of only one God, Allāh.

    When one is aware, that someone has invoked other than the name of Allāh on food, it is advisable for the practicing Muslim to abstain from it, as this entails a practice against tawḥīd (worship and prayer to only Allāh). (See Quranic verse 6:121)

    It must be noted that the Muslim’s relation and interaction with non-Muslims, should be one of respect, honesty and peace. One can respectfully decline any matter that goes against one’s religion without offending or hurting another.

    May Allāh facilitate success.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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