Friday Khutba

Consuming Halal and Pure Blessings

05. October 2023
Koran Tasbih Rot

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

We, as humans, depend on food to sustain our lives in this world we have been sent to. It is impossible for us to live without food. Our religion, Islam, which provides a way of life, has not left us to our own decisions in this matter. In the Qur’an, which is the guide for Muslims, it is commanded: “Eat from what Allah has provided for you as lawful and good, and be conscious of Allah in whom you believe.”[1] Allah (swt) never commands us without reason. The prohibitions and permissions regarding food and drink are clear. As Muslims, we should strive to stay within the boundaries of what is lawful in this matter.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

In the past, our esteemed scholars who guided the Islamic community wisely stated, ‘A person’s piety is proportionate to the lawfulness of their food.’ As modern science confirms today, what we eat and drink has an impact on our character. While fulfilling our dietary needs, the importance of food being lawful serves as a significant means for one’s spiritual direction. Because consuming what is unlawful, forbidden or doubtful weakens a person’s enthusiasm for worship. The heart becomes spiritually heavy and desensitised, while desires and cravings start to shape our daily lives. Consequently, Islamic ethics and noble virtues are forgotten.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

In other words, the concept of halal food plays a crucial role in the spiritual development and structure of an individual. Especially in our modern era, where the food industry is constantly evolving and diversifying, we should strive to avoid foods and beverages that raise doubts about their halal status as much as possible.

Our Prophet (saw) advised his followers: “Leave what makes you doubt for what does not make you doubt.[2] Alongside the concern for the lawfulness of our food and beverages, we should also be sensitive to their purity, known as ‘tayyib.’ When we refer to cleanliness in this context, we mean foods and beverages that yield positive results in our bodies, foods that are beneficial to our health. Our bodies are a trust from Allah. A healthy body positively affects our soul and a sound soul, in turn, has a positive impact on our body. Those who neglect their health today may find themselves spending time and money on illness in the future. Therefore, we should consume what is halal and tayyib. Indeed, eating from what is lawful and pure is an important act of worship that we should not take lightly.

Dear Jama’ah!

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) mentioned a traveller with untidy hair, covered in dust, who raised his hands to the sky and made dua, saying, ‘O Allah, O Allah.’ The Prophet then said, ‘This traveller’s food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, and his clothing is unlawful; thus, he is nourished by what is unlawful. How, then, can his prayer be answered?”[3] We, as Muslims, indeed worship and seek help only from Allah, as indicated in Surah Al-Fatiha. If we desire our supplications to be answered by Allah (swt), we must also obey His commands and prohibitions. It is not enough for our food to be halal and pure; our entire life must be halal and pure. Conducting our relationships with Allah, people and the world in the manner prescribed by Allah will lead to a life that is lawful and pure. 

May Allah (swt) make us among the fortunate servants who abstain from the unlawful and content themselves with the lawful. Ameen.

[1] Surah Al-Ma’idah, 5:88

[2] Nesâî, Eşribe, 50

[3] Müslim, Zekât, 65, H. No: 1015

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