Question posed to The Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ferkoos (may Allah preserve him):
What is the ruling of presenting food to the Kuffaar in the month of Ramadaan (during the day)? May Allah reward you with good.
All praise is due to Allah the lord of the creation. May the Salaah and Salaam be upon the one who Allah has sent as a mercy for the creation, upon his family, companions and his brothers until the Day of Judgment. As to what follows:
The origin is that the Kuffaar are addressed with believing (in Islaam) according to the consensus and they are addressed with the branches of the legislation according the most correct of the statements of the people of knowledge. And from the branches of the legislation is the fasting and its ruling is one of obligation upon the Kaafir after the actualization of the condition of having faith. Meaning by this: The Kaafir is required to fast being that it is a branch from the branches of the legislation, however this is to be along with its condition which is having faith. So just as it is not permissible to cooperate upon feeding the disobedient one from amongst the Muslimeen without an excuse, likewise the Kaafir due to the obligation of having faith and fasting upon him. This is based upon the statement of Allah: “And cooperate upon righteousness and piety and do not cooperate upon sin and transgression.” (Al-Maa-idah:2). The knowledge is with Allah and the last of our Duaa is: All praise is due to Allah the lord of the creation. May the Salaah and Salaam be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and his brothers until the Day of Judgment.
Algeria 8th of al-Muharram 1428/ January 27th 2007.
Source: The website of Shaykh Muhammad Ali Ferkoos: http://www.ferkous.com
Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah
2nd of Ramadan, 1436 H (06-19-2015)
Masjid Nur Allah, Queens, NYC