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Foods & drinks that are either addictive or habit-forming

Published: 24/08/2011 12:44:00 PM GMT
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Can food stuffs be considered unlawful merely because they are addictive - mildly or severely addictive - or does the addictiveness have to be noticeably harmful? How would the generally mild addictiveness of excessive caffiene be cosidered, verses the possibly severe addictiveness of other non-intoxicating substances?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd al-Hayy al-Farmâwî, dean of Qur’ânic Studies, Azhar University

May Allah increase your good efforts in seeking lawful things for your sustenance. This is a sign of piety. I pray to Allah that it dwells in your heart all of your life.

The habitual consumption of any food or drink is lawful provided that it is not intoxicating, narcotic, or harmful to a person’s health and fortune. It will only become unlawful if any of these effects result from it.

It is also wrong if a person goes to such an excess that he reaches the limit where it becomes harmful. In this latter case, exceeding the limit is what is unlawful, not the habit of partaking of the food or drink.

Allah says: “Eat and drink, but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 3]

And says: “Say: Who has forbidden the beautiful (gifts) of Allah, which He has produced for His servants; and the things, good and pure, which He hath provided for sustenance? Say: they are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) solely for them on the Day of Judgment” [Sûrah al-A`râf: 32]

May Allah guide us all.

Source: Islam Today

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