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Eating school food

Fatwaa ID: 1883

Question:
‎اَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّٰـهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ‎

My school gives out free lunches paid for by tax dollars. I don’t eat them. Would it be permissible to give this food, even if it is haram, to a homeless person?

If you know the Hambali opinion that would be preferable, but if not, then the Shafi’i opinion?

جزاك الله خيرا

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. It is not clear why you do not eat the school lunch. It is permissible for you to eat the lunch provided by the school even though it may be paid from tax payers’ money. This is obviously provided that the food itself is legitimately halaal.
  2. Once you assume possession of the school lunch, it is now yours and you may give it to whoever you want. However, if it is haraam, then you may not give it to anyone, including non-Muslims. It will have to be disposed.
  3. It is not clear what your purpose is in knowing the position of the other legal schools. You should strictly adhere to your legal school. Nonetheless, the other legal schools would agree with the above as well.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

04/22/1445 AH – 11/06/2023 CE | AMG3-4225

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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