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Fiqh of food

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Eating the food of hosts without asking their source of income

Question: If relatives are earning income by interest then is it permissible to eat anything from their home? Zaynab El-Kateb: Yes, you can eat at your relative’s house. The Prophet,

Eating  Meat From Jews and Christians

Question: I know we can eat the meat from The People of The Book (Christians and Jews), but people have called this country (US) “Christian” and said everyone is of

Accepting food from celebration of ahlul bida’ and the kuffar

Question: There are two questions from sisters: Our disbeliever neighbors and colleagues give us food during their celebrations (i.e. birthdays and Christmas), is it permissible for us to accept and

Camel milk and urine as cures

Question: Ustadhah, is there any authentic saying of Prophet Muhammad (hadith), peace be upon him, about the benefits of camel milk and camel urine? Zaynab El-Kateb: Yes, the following hadith

A dog licking a person and utensils

Question: Is it required for a child below the age of seven years and not praying as yet to wash himself with soil seven times after touching a dog? Umm

Asking for the source of earnings of a host

Question: Is it permissible to accept gifts from Muslim neighbors who work in bank which deals with riba? Zaynab El-Kateb: It is not from the Sunnah to ask or search

Eating bad treated animals

Question: Some sisters here in the UK have stopped eating meat because they have read about how animals are treated. As this article suggest that animals are being mistreated and

Eating meat bought from supermarkets in bilad al-kuffar

Question: There are some people in the United Kingdom who purchases chicken from the supermarkets of the disbelievers. They say that we are allowed to because they are the People

Eating land snails

Question: Can you give a broad answer from the ulema what they say about eating land snails? May Allah reward you with goodness. Zaynab El-Kateb: Sheikh Ferkous said that eating

Eating the meat of people of the Book

Question: What is the strongest/correct opinion regarding eating the meat of Ahlul-kitaab (Jews and Christians) nowadays? May Allah reward you with goodness. Zaynab El-Kateb: It is allowed to eat meat