After openly selling Alcohol in Serena Hotels, AKDN now selling Pork

 It was narrated from Jābir ibn ʿAbdallāh (may Allāh be pleased with him) that he heard the Prophet ﷺ say when he was in Makkah at the time of the Conquest: “Allāh and His Messenger have forbidden the sale of alcohol, dead meat, pork and idols.” It was said: “O Messenger of Allāh, what do you think of the fat of dead animals, for ships are caulked with it and animal skins are daubed with it, and the people use it to light their lamps?” He said: “No, it is haraam.” Then the Prophet ﷺ said: “May Allāh curse the Jews, for when Allāh forbade them animal fat, they melted it down and sold it, and consumed its price.” 

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1212; Muslim, 1581

Al-Nawawi said: 

With regard to dead meat, alcohol and pork, the Muslims are unanimously agreed that it is haram to sell all of these. 

Al-Qaadi said:

This hadeeth indicates that whatever we are forbidden to eat or make use of, we are also forbidden to sell, and it is not permissible to consume its price, as in the case of the animal fat mentioned in this hadeeth. 

Sharah al-Muslim, 11.8

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali said, after quoting the ahaadeeth about the prohibition on alcohol: 

The conclusion we may draw from all these aḥādīth is that whatever Allāh has forbidden us to make use of, it is also ḥarām to sell it and consume its price, as is stated clearly in the ḥadīth:

The Prophet ﷺ said:

When Allāh forbids something, taking a price for that is also forbidden.

Narrated by Abū Dawood 3488

وإن الله عز وجل إذا حرم أكل شيء حرم ثمنهُرواہُ

ابو داود 3488

This is a general, comprehensive phrase which applies to everything which is intended to be used in ḥarām ways.


However, that does not seem to be a cause for concern for Karim Aga Khan as AKDN has set up a business in Kenya for selling pork products, exhibiting it on the AKDN website. The business is called “Farmer’s Choice” and is operational in Kenya.

A screen capture from https://farmerschoice.co.ke/ – with Pork products listed on the top

Aga Khan has already been selling alcohol in Serena Hotels for decades in violation of the following ḥadīth:

The Prophet ﷺ said that alcohol is cursed from ten angles: its presser, its squeezer, its drinker, its bearer, its carrier, its bearer, its seller, the one who consumed its price, the purchaser of it, and the one who bought it.

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi

لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في الخمر عشرة: عاصرها ومعتصرها وشاربها وحاملها والمحمولة إليه وساقيها وبائعها وآكل ثمنها والمشتري لها والمشتراة له

رواه الترمذي

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