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Food-safe wipes

Fatwaa ID: 1466

Question:
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullah,

When ordering something at a cafe, I asked the employee to wash the utensils that would touch my food to avoid cross-contamination with haram food, and they said they would wipe it down with food-safe wipes. Would that be sufficient to remove the impurity from tongs or a knife?

Jazaakum Allaahu khayran.

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

According to the Hanafi legal school, as long as the impurity is removed, the item would be regarded as pure. Washing is not necessary. In the enquired situation, food-safe wipes will remove any impurity or remnants from the utensils. Thus, it will be sufficient.

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

12/22/1444 AH – 07/10/2023 CE | AML1-8030

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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