Relations with non-Muslims - Teachings of the Prophet of Mercy(Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> Islam safeguards human rights
>> The merciful Lord Almighty
>> The extent of Allah’s mercy
>> The Prophet of mercy (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)
>> Directive to treat others with mercy
>> Muslims are mercy personified
>> Muslims living in non-Muslim countries
>> Helping weak and needy non-Muslims
>> Directives to Muslims about non-Muslims
>> Command to be honest and loyal with non-Muslims
>> Treating non-Muslim parents nicely
>> Visiting sick non-Muslims
>> Social and economic rights of non- Muslims
>> Giving a gift to a non-Muslim
>> Hadhrat ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with him) gave gifts to non-Muslims
>> Gifting the Holy Quran to a non-Muslim
>> Using the vessels and utensils of non-Muslims
>> Hosting non-Muslims
>> Relations with non-Muslim neighbors
>> Social relations with non-Muslims
>> Exhortation to have pleasing manners
>> Being gentle with non-Muslims
>> The peace-loving nature of Muslims
>> Monetary help to non-Muslims
>> The honesty of Muslims runs the world – A confession by the Jews
>> Fair treatment of non-Muslim prisoners of war
>> The incident of Saffana bint Hatim
>> Muslims benefit the non-Islamic country in which they live
>> Prohibition of oppressing non-Muslims
>> Sanctity of the lives of non-Muslims
>> Protection of life, wealth and honor
>> The universality of Islam’s message
>> Inviting Muslims to Islam
>> Bibliography
>> Introducing Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center

 
 
Using the vessels and utensils of non-Muslims

 Using the vessels and utensils of non-Muslims

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has ordered Muslims to use the utensils of the non-Muslims after washing them.  As mentioned in this Hadith of Musnad Imam Ahmed bin Hambal:

عَنْ أَبِى ثَعْلَبَةَ الْخُشَنِىِّ أَنَّهُ قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّا بِأَرْضِ أَهْلِ كِتَابٍ أَفَنَطْبُخُ فِى قُدُورِهِمْ وَنَشْرَبُ فِى آنِيَتِهِمْ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- « إِنْ لَمْ تَجِدُوا غَيْرَهَا فَارْحَضُوهَا بِالْمَاءِ وَاطْبُخُوا فِيهَا

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Tha’alaba Khushani (May Allah be well pleased with him), he asked:  O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)!  We live in the area of the People of the Book (i.e. Christians and Jews).  Can we use their utensils for cooking and drink from their vessels?  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  If you don’t have other utensils/vessels, wash them thoroughly with water and cook in them.[1] 

Apparently, the utensils of non-Muslims can be used only when other utensils are not available.  That too after washing.  But the Jurists and the interpreters have explained that this is only for those utensils which are used for wine, pork etc.  Because even after washing them there is a feeling of undesirability about those utensils.  For this, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: When you don’t have utensils, then wash the utensils of the non-Muslims and use them.  However, use of other utensils of non-Muslims is permitted even when other utensils are available.  Accordingly, there is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi:

عَنْ أَبِى ثَعْلَبَةَ الْخُشَنِىِّ قَالَ سُئِلَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- عَنْ قُدُورِ الْمَجُوسِ فَقَالَ « أَنْقُوهَا غَسْلاً وَاطْبُخُوا فِيهَا

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Tha’alaba Khushani (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked about using the vessels of the Zoroastrians and He said:  Clean them by washing and cook in them.[2] 

These Hadith show that invitations of non-Muslims can be accepted and one can eat and drink from their vessels.



[1] Musnad Imam Ahmed bin Hambal, Hadithu Abi Tha’alabatal Khushani, Hadith No. 18223

[2] Jame’ Tirmidhi, Abwab Us Siyar ‘An Rasoolillahi Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam Babu Ma Ja'a Fil Intifaa’i Bi Aaniyatil Mushrikeen, Hadith No. 1650

 
 
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