In the beginning, we’d like to state that Almighty Allah has blessed His servants by creating all kinds of provision on earth for them and He has permitted them to eat and drink everything that is Halal (permissible) and good. Allah says: “O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! He is an open enemy for you.” (Al-Baqarah: 168)
However, Allah forbids a limited number of foods and drinks that are bad and can be detrimental to one’s health. It is the duty of every Muslim to seek what is Halal and keep away from Haram and all ways that may lead to it not only as regards food but also in all the other affairs of his life.
Sheikh `Abdul-Majeed Subh, a prominent Azharite scholar, gave the following answer: “It is permissible for a Muslim to eat and drink from these plates and glasses that were used in serving swine and alcohol as long as they are cleaned to the extent that nothing is left over and the traces are completely removed. The Companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, asked him about using the utensils in which non-Muslims served wine and pork and he ordered them to clean them before they could be used.”
This also is further stressed by Sheikh Faisal Mawlawi, Deputy Chairman of the European Council for Fatwa and Research, when he states that “It is permissible to use the plates and utensils which was previously used in serving Haram food and drinks as long as they are properly washed in a way that removes all the traces of the Haram food or drink.”