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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Questions

Salaam Alikum brothers. I live in an area of
London where majority of my neighbors are
old ladies and all of them are either Jews or
Christians. Due to my religious duty to help
neighbors I do their shopping, because I am
busy on weekdays and the only time I can
help them is one day of weekend where I do
their shopping. I do most of their shopping
except Alcohol, I have informed them that I
can not do. I just realized that 80% of the
shopping includes ingredients which consists
of pork which is also forbidden in Islam. So
what can I do, and please advice me on how
to approach them and inform them. Becuase
I really like to help them, and their children
only comes to see them once a year, which
makes people sad.

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

Undoubtedly, helping neighbours is
something urged in Islamic Law especially if
this is with the intention of calling a non-
Muslim neighbour to Islam. However, this is
not a sound reason for committing
prohibitions.
Buying pork is forbidden, but since you did
not know that those products contained
pork, then we hope that you are not sinful.

However, it is not permissible for you to
continue buying these products for them,
and you should inform them that it is not
permissible in Islam to buy pork in the same
way you informed them about alcohol.
You should seize this opportunity to call
them to Islam, and inform them about the
recent surveys which show that pork causes
serious diseases and that the Quran forbade
it 14 centuries before these surveys were
carried out. This will be the occasion to call
them to Islam as the Prophet Yoosuf
(Joseph ), may Allah exalt his mention, did
with his two inmates when he interpreted the
dream for them.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/158598/doing-shopping-for-non-muslim-elderly-neighbors

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