Eating at an open buffet restaurant

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Q: What is the ruling on buying from open buffet restaurants, where the customer pays a set amount and eats an unknown amount of food that is not known to the buyer or the purchaser, rather he may eat until he is full?


A: It is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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