By Mujlisul Ulama
Intermingling with the kuffaar has completely desensitized the Imaan of Muslims. All Imaani inhibitions for kufr, fisq and fujoor have been effaced from the hearts of the vast majority of the Muslim Ummah. Socializing, fraternizing, dining and frolicking with them have become completely acceptable. But these spiritually destructive activities are severely proscribed in the Qur’aan and Ahaadith which state that those who befriend and fraternize with the kuffaar are of them.
Muslims are no longer concerned with the harm they are causing their Imaan by consuming the foods of non-Muslims. Even if the food is halaal, it should not be accepted from the hands of non-Muslims whom the Qur’aan describe as “Rijs”, nor should their utensils be utilized even after having been washed. While washing cleanses the utensils from physical impurities, the athar (effect/ impression) of kufr remains and constitutes a spiritual detriment.
Even when going for Hajj and Umrah, Muslims conduct themselves as non-Muslims on the planes, especially regarding food. They consume the haraam food served in kuffaar utensils by the hands of immoral personnel. Imaan cannot withstand such assaults which contaminate and emaciate it. Imaan is a valuable and an extremely delicate treasure which is quickly affected and darkened by Rijs –filth – whether physical or spiritual.
The skins of wild beasts if tanned and treated are halaal and taahir (clean). Nevertheless, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) forbade sitting on it because the beastly athar remains in the skins and this can adversely affect the spirituality of the Muslim. Yet Muslims eat from the very same utensils in which haram food, pork and wine are served. This is the norm on planes, in hotels and other public venues where Muslims frequent and acquit themselves in kuffaar manner.
The plane journey is a few hours. There is no imperative need to constrain eating from the contaminated utensils. Muslims should take along lunch for the journey, and refrain from eating anything of the food served on the plane. The importance of halaal and tayyib food can be understood from the Qur’aanic Aayat:
“O Rusul (Messengers)! Consume halaal-tayyib (foods) and do virtuous deeds.”
The ingestion of contaminated food even if halaal from the legal (Fiqhi) angle, pollutes Imaan and destroy the spiritual fibre of the Mu’min.
(By Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi)
“Discarding all the conditions for the permissibility of utilizing the utensils of the kuffaar, Muslims have adopted such recklessness in this regard which harms their Deen and their dunya. (The reckless utilization of the utensils and consumption of their food causes Imaani damage – The Majlis).
Muslims no longer exercise any caution when using the utensils and other items of the kuffaar. This applies in general to dealings with non-Muslims, and in particular with Hindus. (Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Shafi –Rahmatullah alayh – mentions Hindus in particular due to the naseehat initially having been for Indian Muslims – The Majlis).
Muslims are unnecessarily using the utensils and items of Hindus despite them being aware that these people (the Hindu mushrikeen) consider some impurities such as cow urine and cow dung to be not only pure, but are also purifiers. Similarly, other kuffaar in general whilst having some regard for cleanliness, have no concept of Tahaarat and Najaasat.
As long as Muslim utensils are available, the utensils of non-Muslims should not be used. (Siyarul Kabeer, Alamghiri, etc.).”
Comment (by Mujlisul Ulama): Modernists and even these juhala molvis and sheikhs of today, will argue unrestricted permissibility to justify using the utensils of kuffaar. They will relegate the conditions of permissibility into oblivion in the very same way that they turn a blind eye and a stupid brain to the conditions for the initial permissibility of women attending the Musaajid.