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Islam Q&A – No Thanksgiving For You!

A timely installment in our path to enlightenment from those famously tolerant clerics at Islam Question and Answer:

Eating leftovers from a Thanksgiving meal so that it will not be thrown away


My mother invites my family to eat on Thanksgiven day after her guess are gone because she doesn’t want to waste the food. Is it permissable for my family to go to her home or eat the food left from her dinner?


Praise be to Allaah.

That is permissible, because food is respectable and pure, and that is better than throwing it away. It is permissible to eat the food of the Christians because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals) of the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them”

[al-Maa’idah 5:5]

So there is nothing wrong with that. Their bread, their food, and whatever dishes and sweets etc they cook are all good and pure, and there is nothing wrong with them.

But if the food has been made for that celebration, it is not permissible to be there at the time of the party, but after the party it is permissible to eat the food and that is better than throwing it away.

So turkey sandwiches are okay, as long as the animal was slaughtered by people of the Scripture.

But of course you cannot be there while in the infidels give expressions of thanks — or watch parades or football (played with pig skins).

That would be horribly wicked.

Surely Allaah would be offended by such wanton behavior.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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