Does Touching a Prepacked Impermissible Item Have an Impact on Touching Other Items?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I went to the store today, and the person in front of me had bought meat, ham, and pork at the checkout. I’m unsure what it was, but it looked like one of those meats. The cashier touched only the package of the meat and then touched my items. Does this mean that haram meat has transferred to my food even if the cashier only touched the package and not the actual meat? I ate the food, but should I clean my mouth?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

There is no need to worry about the transfer of impurities as the item is prepacked. You are just being overly cautious, so there is nothing to worry about. Also, there is no need to wash your mouth.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.