Eating in foreign restaurants that serve unlawful foods
Q 14, 15, 16: Is it permissible
to eat the meat served in American restaurants?
Some American restaurants use lard for frying or baking purposes. Must a Muslim ask about the kind of fat used at every restaurant they enter?Some companies do not specify the kind of fat used in their food products. Is it recommendable to call these companies to inquire about the kind of fat they use?The purity of certain substances like gelatin is doubted. Bread served at (Part No. 22; Page No. 285) certain American restaurants is said to be made from lard. Is it permissible to eat this bread despite having doubts?
A Muslim has to inquire about the kind of fat used in food, as they are ordered to abstain from eating unlawful foods.
Q 17: Some American restaurants grill beef on the pork grill and chop beef with the same knife used for chopping pork. Is it lawful to eat the beef served at these restaurants?
It is not permissible
to eat the beef grilled on the pork grill and chopped with the same knife used for chopping pork.
Q 18: Does a Muslim have to
read the list of ingredients written on food products to make sure they do not contain pork or alcohol?
Yes, a Muslim must do so.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.