Al Arabiya TV reports that Saudi sheikh Mohammed al-Jazlani issued a statement that food prepared by non-Muslims should be considered halal. He puts up a few fences, however, noting that this doesn’t apply to meat; it doesn’t apply to dishes previously containing non-halal meats or alcohol; it doesn’t apply if the food is prepared by followers of non-monotheistic faiths… at least is one knows their faiths.
One way to avoid ethical conflicts, the sheikh suggests, is to stop hiring non-monotheistic maids.
All food, except meat, that is cooked or prepared by non-Muslims is “halal” (permissible) for Muslim to eat, a Saudi Sheikh and former judge told Al Arabiya in an interview Wednesday.
Sheikh Mohammed al-Jazlani’s statement came after another religious scholar, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Manie who is member of Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Religious Scholars, issued an edict banning food prepared by foreign non-Muslim maids working in Saudi Arabia.
In the kingdom, Indonesians and Filipinos make up the majority of household workers, including maids, drivers and gardeners. Filipinos, most of whom are non-Muslims, make up about 250,000. Indonesians are estimated at 900,000.
“Muslims are allowed to eat food prepared or cooked without prayers… and this is agreed on by Muslims scholars,” Sheikh Jazlani told Al Arabiya.