Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Question: Assalamu alaykum,
I live with my non-Muslim family who eats non-halal food. We share the same utensils, pans, plates and so on. How precautious should I be using the same as my family use? Is it necessary to wash a certain number of times or are the things pure after washing them with water and no signs of filth remains? Also, are the utensils considered pure after they have been washed in the dish machine?
Answer: walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.
The rulings of purity (tahara) are very simple and straightforward. Washing, even once, is considered to remove ritual impurity (najasa). [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]
As such, if your family’s dishes and utentils are washed–whether by hand or in a dishwasher, with or without soap–they would be considered pure and permissible to use.
Note that over-investigation in matters of purity is considered “baseless misgivings” (waswasa). It is not from praiseworthy caution, and the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) warned against it. He said, “Truly, this religion is ease, and no one makes the religion difficult for themselves except that it will overwhelm them.”
See: A Reader on Baseless Misgivings (waswasa): A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.
wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani.

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