Eating food prepared after the burial of the deceased
Fatwa No: 133625

  • Fatwa Date:23-3-2010 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 8, 1431
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Question

Is it permissible or allowed for a Muslim to eat food prepared to entertain guests after a christian funeral or even after a Muslim funeral as it is done in Nigeria. (The one for Muslim is done as a sort of charity on behalf of their dead)?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that if the family of the dead prepare food so that the people would gather, then this is an impressible matter and it is an innovation because Jareer (ibn ‘Abdullaah al-Bajali)  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him was reported through a correct chain of narration to have said: “We used to consider the gathering of the people at the house of the dead person and preparing food after the burial, as being a lamentation (which is forbidden).

This narration is clear evidence that this act is forbidden as stated by Mulla Ali al-Qaari  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him.  

As regards eating this food, then the least that can be said about this is that it is disliked, so a Muslim should avoid it.

However, if some relatives of the dead or their neighbors prepare food for them (the family of the dead) without gathering, then it is permissible for the family of the dead to eat from this food as the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Prepare food for the family of Ja’far as something has occurred to them that is occupying them.” [At-Tirmithi and Al-Albaani classified it as Hassan]

Allaah Knows best.

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