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Eating from utensils owned by Non-Muslims

Asalamu alaikum !


I am in France my friend starting living in a house but before my friend their was a Romanian non Muslim in that house he left all of their kitchen utensils.I said to him do not use these utensils but they don’t listen he say not a problem. Some time I go there , for me what i do when he something in these glasses or any another utensil . Is this permissible to eat in these utensils.non Muslim use a lot of alcohol that known .

Thank you very much


Answer:

Wa alaikum Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,


Generally speaking, it is permissible to use the vessels/utensils of non-Muslims if there's nothing haram cooked in it.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions did wudoo’ from the leather water skin of a mushrik woman. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 337; Muslim, 682.


This evidence indicates that it is permissible to use the vessels of the kuffaar.


But if we know that they cook pork or dead meat in their vessels, or they drink wine from them, then it is better to avoid using them unless it is necessary and we can find no alternative. Then we may wash them and eat from them. If they wash them, then we do not have to wash them again, and it is not necessary to wash them three times, rather they should be washed until there are no traces of their food and drink left on them.


The evidence for that is the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (5478) and Muslim (3567) from Abu Tha’labah al-Khushani who said: I said, “O Prophet of Allaah, I live in a land where there are some of the People of the Book; can we eat from their vessels?” He said: “As for what you said about the People of the Book, if you can find anything else, do not eat from their vessels, but if you cannot find anything else then wash them and eat from them.”


So, in your case, if they invite you to their house, you can use their utensils as they have been cleaned multiple times and no haram food is being cooked in them now, though it's better to avoid if you have the option as it is closer to Taqwa.


And Allah knows best

Mufti Umer Farooq Saleem

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