Can a Muslim eat Prasaad?


Is it permissible to have the eatables our non Muslim friends give as a religious offering (e.g. prasaad in case of Hindus)?



The element of Shirk is what makes foods offered to deities besides God prohibited to eat and such a food item cannot obviously be consumed by a faithful Muslim. You can politely make your friend understand the religious implication of such an act and the reason you refuse to consume this food. You may ask him to give you other sweets if he wishes that are not offered to any deity. I am sure that your friend will understand your religious sensibility and not offer you this prasad.


About the Author

Mushafiq Sultan

Mushafiq Sultan, born in Kashmir (Indian Administered) in 1988, has been studying world religions from his school days. In 2009 Mushafiq came across the works of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and since then has been highly influenced by his thought. He has an exceptional interest in world religions, their philosophies and their mutual relations. He formally joined Al-Mawrid in 2016 as Assistant Fellow (Honorary). Presently, he is in charge of Al-Mawrid’s query service. In 2016, he published his first book ‘Muhammad (sws) in the Bible- An Exposition on Isaiah 42’. He has written articles on Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. He has also translated several articles of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi into Hindi.