Boycotting certain products

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Q: My question is related to the usage of certain things… As in the recent days the Netherlands govt. was involved in initiating a blasphemy contest (na’aoozu-billah) that was later called off… Here in pakistan, Muslim ulama and Ahl e ilm called on ppl to boycott dutch products, so that we could defeat them on economic grounds..

Also being a Muslim nation, love for our Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is higher above all thingss… There are many items, some are wholly dutch products while others here I would particularly talk about them such as milk products, many milk companies that are top ranked are in partnership with dutch (friedscampania dairy company). That company invested in our country ‘s milk companies, however barcodes on items is that of Pakistan… So, what should we do? Can we consume them, particularly when one cannot easily buy fresh milk, as in the hostel? But still this thing irks that Netherlands is tha investor.


A: Where there is a substitute then look for the substitute and where you cannot find then you are excused.

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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