Q: salamualikum Imam. As you know GMO food is everywhere. It is cheaper and cannot be avoided. Would it be wastage –israaf according to the words of Allah– to buy food that is not GMO processed and it costs twice to three times more then GMO products? As Allah does not love people that waste money and other things? Also if my budget does not allow me to only buy healthy foods that is it okay to buy healthy non GMO foods when i have the money and when i dont have for some foods to switch to gmo foods. (text: January 21-2010)
A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته
It has been proven by scientist that GMO related foods are not in the best interest of human consumption.
To spend more money to ensure greater health for one’s self, family and friends would be rewarding. One should not spend money attaining superior health to violate the rights of those that surround them, etc. (Example, i should not buy luxury foods so as to avoid payment of a debt or buy superior quality foods when substitutes do exist whilst violating the rights of others.)
Your intention should also be to spend on healthier products so as to remember the Creator more due to your possible better health. Allah likes us to eat products that are good/healthy on every level. Such expenditure would not be viewed as wastage if one has the financial capacity to do so. more so if we are blessed with the financial ability to do so. As the saying goes, ‘you are what you eat.’
Allah Certainly Knows Best.