Suppose there is a food chain known for selling Haram meat, and they also sell things like ice cream, drinks, and such. What is the ruling on buying these items from them, I.e., would not the majority of their income be from selling Haram meat, and thus they also use that income to buy these other things?
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate
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In principle, it would be permitted without dislike to buy permissible items from such a place.
Note, however, that we don’t hold non-Muslims responsible for the rulings of the Shariah. Thus, buying from a mainstream supermarket with such products is less morally problematic than supporting a Muslim business that sells the haram.
When possible, we should strive to support businesses that sell the halal and wholesome (tayyib) and which have ethical practices concerning (a) their workforce, (b) what they sell, and (c) their business practices. One is rewarded for supporting such businesses.
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“Allah is Pure and accepts the pure.
“Truly, Allah commands the believers as He commanded His Messengers. Allah says: ‘O Messengers, eat from wholesome and act righteously, for I know what you do.’ [Quran, 23:51]. And Allah says: ‘O believers, eat from the wholesome things We have provided for you,’ [Quran, 2:172].
“Then, the Prophet mentioned a man on a long journey, disheveled and dusty, who raises his hands to the sky, saying, ‘O Lord! O Lord!’ Yet his food was unlawful, his drink was unlawful, his clothing was unlawful, and he was nourished by the unlawful. So how would he be answered? [Muslim]
May Allah bless us to seek both the lawful and the most wholesome in our buying and spending.
And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus and Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), and his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.