From Wikipedia:

Buffet restaurants normally offer all-you-can-eat (AYCE) food for a set price.

Allah says in the Qu'ran:

“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.”

(al-A‘raaf 7:31)

This website used the above verse as evidence that overeating is haram.

Question: Does that mean buffet restaurants are haram?

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    – Kilise
    May 7, 2017 at 14:32
  • What for, it doesn't answer my question and my question is one 1 question about buffet and not fiqh? May 7, 2017 at 14:44
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    – Kilise
    May 7, 2017 at 15:15
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    – Quidam
    May 7, 2017 at 16:05

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Buffet restaurants don't encourage you to over-eat. That is the choice of the person who forces himself to eat as much as he can, to "beat the system". It is preposterous to blame the buffet system for this.

Further, in Islam, we are encouraged to share and eat from one plate, sort of like a large buffet as per below. It doesn't mean that you should eat the most, but rather you eat what you wish according to the principles of Islam (1/3 of the stomach for food, 1/3 for drink, 1/3 for air/empty):

Al-Wahshiyyi ibn Harb radiallaahu ‘anhu related that some of the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

O Messenger of Allaah! We eat, but do not become satisfied.

So he said to them: “Perhaps you eat separately?”

So they replied: Yes.

So he said: “Eat your food collectively, mention the Name of Allaah upon it, then there will be blessings for you in it.”[1]

Shaykh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen said:

“This indicates that it is essential to eat collectively from a single plate. So if there are five or ten people, they should eat collectively from a single dish, depending upon the situation. Indeed, doing so is a cause for barakah (blessings) to descend, whilst eating separately is a cause for barakah to depart.”[2]

[1] Hasan: Related by Abu Daawood (no.3764). It was authenticated by al-Haafidh al-‘lraaqee in his Takhreejul-lhyaa (214). [2] Sharh Riyaadhus-Saaliheen (7/231) of Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen.

Source for the above: Al-Istiqaamah Newsletter, Shawwaal 1418H / February 1998 ,Issue No.8

Above is from https://abdurrahman.org/2011/06/07/eating-collectively-from-a-single-plate/


It's only a manner of speaking.

The fact it's legally possible to do something in the restaurant, doesn't mean you have to do it. You are not forced to be glutton, even if the restaurant won't expulse you for this.

  • It doesn't say whether or not buffet restaurant are haram which is what my question is about. May 7, 2017 at 20:05
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