Q: If in a gathering where meals are served, there are Ulama as well as non Ulamaa who are present. Will it be against the Sunnah to present normal meals to the general people and special meals to the Ulamaa?
We find the same scenario in the Ijtima where there is a special section for the Ulamaa’ wherein extras special meals are served. Will it be against simplicity for an A’alim to eat in the Ulamaa section in the Ijtima?
No, it is permissible. This is a form of respect from the host.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)