The Ruling on Eating Food Prepared by Buddhists and Zoroastrians – Shaikh Yahya ibn Ali al-‘Hajoori

Question: Is it allowed to eat the food cooked by a Buddhist or Zoroastrian when they simply cook the food?

Answer:”If he does not slaughter. The meat because the slaughtered meat of the Buddhist, Zoroastrian, and Hindu is not allowed. I also add to that if the food is safe from evil. These people are not trusted, specifically towards the Muslims. So if he finds one who is safe from evil from those who cook…then there is no harm. This goes for the remaining disbelievers. It is not specifically for these people. Whatever they cook and is safe from tribulations, then it is allowed to eat. Or what they make from cakes or biscuits. Where do these biscuits come from? Most of them are made by the disbelievers, similar to the imported sweets. The doctors have affirmed that there are not any unlawful components in it. So the Muslims eat it and it is from the manufacturing of these people”.


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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