Q: Can Muslims eat food cooked in a pan previously used for cooking pork? Please note that these pans are no longer used for cooking pork or any haram dishes.
Ans: I understand your concern regarding adhering to halal food guidelines in Islam. Before addressing your question, it’s essential to comprehend the basic rules outlined in the Quran about pork.
Islam strictly prohibits the consumption of pork, as clearly stated in the Holy Quran:
حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ بِهِ
“Forbidden to you (in food) are dead meat, blood, the flesh of pork, and that on which has been invoked a name other than that of Allah.” (Al-Ma’idah 5: 3)
The Holy Qur’an also prohibits pork in these words in another surah.
إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةَ وَالدَّمَ وَلَحْمَ الْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ بِهِ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ
“He has made unlawful for you that which dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. ” Al-Baqara 2:173
A major Islamic scholar from Al-Azhar University says in response to your question that “A Muslim can eat Halal food cooked in a utensil already used for cooking of pork provided that it is cleaned completely to remove remains of pork or any other Haram food cooked in this”
In response to your question, a prominent Islamic scholar from Al-Azhar University states that “A Muslim can eat halal food cooked in a utensil previously used for cooking pork, provided it has been thoroughly cleaned to remove any remnants of pork or other haram food.”
Another related question might be as follows.
Is it permissible for a Muslim to eat from a pot that has been previously used for cooking pork but afterward is scrapped and wiped clean with paper towels without using water? How about if it still has a very minimum of pork grease left in the pot?
In this case, the pot is dirty. It must be cleaned before it is used for cooking any Halal food. But, if you cannot find water, the pot can be cleaned using sand before wiping it with towels. I would not eat from it unless it was a last-resort situation where I would die if I do not eat that food.
The Halal Times staff has touched upon a similar topic that might be of interest to those readers who live or visit non-Muslim majority countries.
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