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Serving Pork to Non-Muslim Parents: Allowed?

Serving Pork For Non Muslim Parent?

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New Muslim
2012/08/28
As-salamu `alaykum. My family is not Muslim. Is it permissible for me to serve them haram meat or food? What if my family comes to my house and they bring pork with them because they want to eat it instead of the food I cooked? Is it haram for me to take that pork and serve it to them or give it to them even if I did not buy it? Is preparing haram food or serving it to non-Muslims permissible?
Monzer Kahf
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thank you very much for your question and for your commitment to Islam's rulings regarding halal food. We, also, commend your good relationship with your family though they are non-Muslims.

It is clearly know to every Muslim that pork is haram to eat. As for serving it to a non-Muslim father or mother, the matter will have other dimensions to consider.

In his response to your question, Dr. Monzer Kahf, a prominent economist and counselor, states,

This is a very important and delicate matter. Let us look at the rules:

1. Prohibition is really based on the harm involved because Allah only prohibits what is bad.

2. Things which are haram to use or eat are also haram to buy or sell.

3. In liquor, the prohibition is expanded to include all that is related to drinking from brewing to carrying, serving and drinking. In pork, the prohibition is eating. Therefore, there are views that argue the permissibility of using pork products for non-eating purposes such as using the hide/skin for shoes.Serving to eat is definitely different from eating but also related to it as the principle is the potential harm (which we may not know scientifically yet but we believe it by faith because of the prohibition itself).

4. There is a strong Fiqhi (juristic) argument about the lack-of-cleanliness of pork (the concept of najasah) which means that any wet thing touched by it will have najasah too and that we need to clean every tools and pots used for pork separately.

My suggestion is: it is certainly not permissible to buy any of pork products for eating even for non-Muslim guests/relatives. Also try to avoid serving it as much as you can unless embarrassed by a non-Muslim father or mother (not other relatives), but you can have it for them on the table (especially if you have a non-Muslim to offer it for them instead of you).

Allah Almighty knows best.

Source: onislam.net


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