My boss, who is a Muslim had invited his staff to a restaurant for year-end supper.

I did not attend because I called the restaurant and asked if they are halaal and they said no, the menu had meals which had wine in them and they served alcohol.

My friend who is Muslim had attended this supper stating that we can eat the veg platter and seafood dishes. I sill disagreed.

My boss made me work till 17h00 PM and excised all the other staff to go home at 15h00 PM that Friday because they were attending the supper, he game a long lecture saying I must not be so rivd, what if I was living in the USA.

My friend and I has a disagreement and now we this has affected our friendship.

Please advise if we are allowed to eat at these restaurants. Quote hadiths if you can so I can show them why I stand so strongly against this.



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Your attitude of not accepting the dawah was correct. The issue is not only on eating vegetarian and seafood. There is haram served in the restaurant and there is every possibility of contamination.

What guarantee does one have that the utensils used to cook the vegetarian and seafood platters were not used for other haram food? What guarantee does one have that the chefs preparing the food did not touch the vegetarian and seafood platters after touching haram meat with possible remnants of haram on their hands. Eating vegetarian and seafood platters from restaurants offering haram food does not guarantee non-haram dishes being halal.


As Muslims, we experience precaution in consuming halal. This is emphasised in the Quran and Hadith. Consider the following:

                           يا أيها الذين آمنوا كلوا من طيبات ما رزقناكم

Translation: O you who Imaan! Eat from the pure things which We have provided for you. [2:172]


يا أيها الرسل كلوا من الطيبات واعملوا صالحا، إني بما تعملون عليم         

Translation: (Allah Ta’ala addressed the Ambiyaa Alaihimus Salaam saying,) “O you Rasool! Eat from the pure things and do good acts. Verily I am aware of what you do. (Although addressed directly to the Ambiyaa Alaihimus Salaam, this command applies to the followers of the Ambiyaa Alaihimus Salaam as well.) [23:51]


Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is reported to have mentioned in a Hadith: “Verily Allah is pure and He accepts only what is pure and indeed Allah has given those orders to the believers, which he has given to the Messengers”…[1]



Ignore and overlook the comments of your boss. The lecture of your boss has no merit. If he goes to U.S.A, he will be surprised to observe the taqwa of Allah conscious Muslims there.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Fahad Abdul Wahab

Student Darul Iftaa
New York, U.S.A

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.





[1] وحدثني أبو كريب محمد بن العلاء، حدثنا أبو أسامة، حدثنا فضيل بن مرزوق، حدثني عدي بن ثابت، عن أبي حازم، عن أبي هريرة، قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: " أيها الناس، إن الله طيب لا يقبل إلا طيبا، وإن الله أمر المؤمنين بما أمر به المرسلين، فقال: {يا أيها الرسل كلوا من الطيبات واعملوا صالحا، إني بما تعملون عليم}وقال: {يا أيها الذين آمنوا كلوا من طيبات ما رزقناكم}ثم ذكر الرجل يطيل السفر أشعث أغبر، يمد يديه إلى السماء، يا رب، يا رب، ومطعمه حرام، ومشربه حرام، وملبسه حرام، وغذي بالحرام، فأنى يستجاب لذلك؟

[مسلم . رقم الحديث 1015]


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