Haraam food responsibility
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Dear Brother Burhan,
I have heard that in an Islamic country if haraam food is available and a person eats it unknowingly, The King/ ruler will be held responsible for the same in court of Allah.
What happens or rather what a person should do when he is in a non-Islamic country and not sure about the food he is served ???
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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.592 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar
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Your Statement: I have heard that in an Islamic country if haraam food is available and a person eats it unknowingly, The King/ ruler will be held responsible for the same in court of Allah.
If one is in an Islamic country, or visits a muslim household, etc. it would be safe to assume that the food being presented therein is halaal. Indeed, if anything which is declared haraam or forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (saws) is prevalent in an Islamic country by law, there is absolutely no doubt that the King or Ruler or the Legislators of the Islamic country will be held responsible in the Just and Supreme Court of Allah Subhanah on the Day of Judgment.
Having said that, it does not mean in any way that if a ruler or king of a supposed muslim country permits the sale of alcohol or intoxicants, etc. under his rule, it would become halaal or permissible for the believers! If one knows or fears that the haraam is permitted in an Muslim nation or presented in a muslim household, one should practice caution and save himself from indulging in the haraam.
Your Question: What happens or rather what a person should do when he is in a non-Islamic country and not sure about the food he is served ???
If one is in a non-Islamic nation, then it is the responsibility of the individual to confirm before consuming whether the food being served or presented is slaughtered according to Shariah or not.
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Your Brother in Islam,