Can Sunnis eat food with Shia Muslims?

Many Sunnis have been brought up being instructed that they are not allowed to eat food with Shia Muslims. Is it true?

Can we eat our meals with Non-Muslims?

A Muslim can eat a meal with non-Muslims if the food is Halal and pure.

Can Sunnis eat food with Shia?

It seems a silly question because a Muslim is questioned about having a meal with another Muslim. This question was asked to Sheikh Mohammad Makki, one of the Islamic teachers in the Masjid al-Haram. He replied if it is allowed to eat with non-Muslims, then there is nothing wrong for Sunnis to eat food with Shia Muslims.

Can Sunnits eat food with Shia Muslims?

We don’t bother to eat things originated by Jews

He further explained the situation in a brief way that the things we regularly intake, like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Mirinda, KFC, McDonald’s, and Pizza, are originated by non-Muslims and Jews, and we are least bothered about it.

However, when it comes to eating food with their Muslim brothers, be they Shia or Muslims, we start asking this kind of absurd question. 

Can Sunnits eat food with Shia Muslims?

A perfect example

He presented a historic incident to clarify the situation. Once, a man asked Abdullah ibn Umer رضي الله عنه in Makkah that he was wearing an Ihram and killed a mosquito that sat on his arm. The man said, the mosquito died with my hand, and my Ihram got stained with its blood.

Abdullah ibn Umer رضي الله عنه stared at him and asked him, where are you from? He replied, I am from Kofa, Abdullah ibn Umer رضي الله عنه said drag him out of the Mosque. They have shed the blood of Imam Hussain رضي الله عنه and have come to ask about the mosquito blood.

Similar to our situation, we love things related to non-Muslims and ask silly questions, such as whether Sunnis are allowed to eat food with Shia Muslims.

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