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food left open over night

Last updated: 1st May 2006
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1st May 2006

As salaamualaykum
If food or water etc is left uncovered overnight, what thoughts and beliefs are there regarding it; is it ok to consume it next morning?

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
6th December 2012
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

Food and drink left over night should be covered.

Narrated Jabir (RadhiyAllahu Anhu):

Allah's Apostle said, "Extinguish the lamps when you go to bed; close your doors; tie the mouths of your water skins, and cover the food and drinks." I think he added, ". . . even with a stick you place across the container." (Bukhari, Tirmidhi)

The command of this Hadith is based on the 'Compassion' of Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi WaSallam) and not a 'Necessity'. The Hikma of the Hadith is that so nothing harmful or filth enters the food or drink.

If it is left uncovered, then there should be no problem to consume it if there is no traces of harm or filth (i.e. smell, colour and taste).

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.