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Can we eat Niyaz?

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  • Can we eat Niyaz?

    The Answer of this questions lies in the answer of another question – Qt – Why do you want to do Niyaz?

    1.What is Niyaz?
    Niyaz refers to the food a person makes and offers to others on any particular occasion, normally on the occasion of the death of any famous person or any saint.

    2.Should we do Niyaz?

    Ans – Niyaz is done on the occasion of the death of some saint or good person. Anyone who is considered to be a "Awliya Allah"[1] by people. The intention in doing Niyaz is that the person for whom it is done will be pleased with the person who is doing it and after being pleased the saint will grant the needs of the asker or will solve his problem or will help him in the Akhirah. But all acts of servitude are for Allah alone. We should try to please him alone.
    Allah has said in the Qur'an 6:162
    "Say: "Truly my prayer and my service of sacrifice my life and my death are (all) for Allah the Cherisher of the Worlds"
    ALL such actions that we do should be for the pleasure of Allah alone
    Allah has told us in the Qur'an in Surah Zumar 39:3 that the Mushriks of Makkah who used to worship idols and do sacrifices for their idols used to say:

    "Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allah (say): "We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah." "
    Hence even they used to say that they do this only so that they(idols) would take them closer to Allah. The Mushriks of Makkah were considered wrong because of all this and were called "Kafirs" (rejectors) and "Mushriks" (those who associate partners with Allah). Since they were wrong then even we are wrong if we do that. For more details see the section on "Tauheed al – Ibadah" in the Notes of "Tauheed – the Oneness of Allah". Hence this act is actually included in Shirk in "Tawheed al Ibadah"

    Neither our beloved Prophet nor the Sahaba ever did Niyaz. They understood and followed Islam much better than us. Isn't there a proof in this that if it was something good they would have surely done it.
    In the light of the above stated facts it can be concluded that doing Niyaz is wrong.

    3.Can we eat Niyaz?
    a. Prohibited in the Qur'an
    The normal intention of people behind doing Niyaz is given above. The reason why the food is cooked and distributed is to please someone other than Allah.
    Islam believes in such perfect oneness of Allah that such food has been made "Haraam" for its followers. It is given in the Qur'an in no less than four different places 2:173 , 6:145 , 16:115 and 5:3
    "Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat blood the flesh of swine and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah"
    Hence we are not allowed to eat or serve or give others such food.

    b. Partner in sin by Cooperation
    Besides when a person cooperates a joins a bad cause he becomes a partner in it as Allah has said in Surah an Nisa 4:85
    "Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein: and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden"
    By eating that food we are becoming a partner in the sin.

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    Re: Can we eat Niyaz?

    Niyaz is perfectly alright to some and wrong to others.
    However the food itself is not to blame: it is halal and usually delicious.