My Uncle who lives in Germany is over visiting for two weeks and we all went out to dinner last night. I sat between him and my grandmother and as we were munching on the appetizers, waiting for our food my Uncle suddenly says out of nowhere, we weren't even talking about religion or anything like that:
"It's a good thing you guys aren't Muslim or you'd have to get rid of the grill."
And I'm sort of left just staring at him with this totally confused look on my face. Because sure, we had hot dogs and bratwurst the night before for dinner (he and my grandmother had come over) and we'd grilled them so I got the whole pork - grill - Muslim connection but where did the comment even come from?
But I just say, "No, we'd just have to clean it really thoroughly."
And he's arguing with me, telling me that no, you'd have to get rid of anything that had had pork or alcohol on it and replace it. Which I know is not true because I'd asked about this years ago when I was first thinking about converting to Islam and I was told that of course you weren't expected or required to do that because the cost would be prohibitive. It would be an unnecessary burden.
Finally he concedes that well maybe we wouldn't have to get rid of the grill but that we'd have to get it blessed. Which...I don't know. I don't think so, but I could see that maybe. But not a blessing so much as maybe praying over the items? But it just sounds odd to me.
So that's my question, such as it is.
Does it make sense or is it even a done thing to pray over or have blessed items in your house that might have touched non-halal food? I've been trying to find something using the all knowing Google but so far nothing has come up.
My Uncle swears that you would have to have the local imam come out and bless things but like I told him, in my understanding of Islam there's not supposed to be anyone between you and God. The imam doesn't hold the same function as say, a priest. So assuming that you wanted or needed to have a prayer said over something in your house you could just do it yourself.