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Animals Slaughtered by Unbelievers

A Muslim may not partake of the meat of animals slaughtered by unbelievers other than the followers of earlier divine religions. This applies to Zoroastrians, idolaters, atheists and the like. Nor is it permissible to eat of their food that is mixed with such meat, including the sauce. The only exception is the case of absolute necessity that permits eating carrion. This ruling is issued by the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa in Saudi Arabia, and it is endorsed by Shaikh Abd al-Azeez ibn Baz.

Non-Muslims Whose Food is Permissible to Eat

People are considered to be followers of earlier divine religions when they are Christians or Jews and affiliate themselves to such communities. This is not affected by the distortion that has crept into their faiths, unless such distortion is tantamount to total atheism. In this particular case they are no longer classified as belonging to earlier divine religions, but as idolaters and atheists, and any meat they have prepared for meals is unlawful to eat, This is the view of the late Shaikh Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen and of the General Secretary of the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. It is also stated in Fatawa al-Aqaliyyat al-Muslimah and endorsed by the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa.

Eating in Restaurants Serving Forbidden Foodstuff

It is not permissible for a Muslim to eat in restaurants that serve forbidden foodstuff such as wines and pork when other restaurants that do not serve these are available. However, if it is not easy for him to eat elsewhere then eating in such restaurants is acceptable, provided that he does not eat or drink anything that is forbidden. This is the view of the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa

Eating Food Mixed with Traces of Pork

If a Muslim is certain that the food has been contaminated with pork, it is not permissible to eat unless it is washed. If he is not certain then it is permissible to eat. This is the view of the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa and the late Shaikh Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen, as well as other contemporary scholars.

Permissible and prohibited hunting

It is forbidden to do any hunting in the Sacred Precincts around the Ka’bah, which is known as the Haram area. The prohibition applies to everyone, whether they are in the state of consecration or not.It is forbidden for anyone who is in the state of consecration (ihram) to hunt or to help anyone in hunting, whether by action or pointing it out or in any other way.

What is specifically forbidden to eat

There are 10 forbidden types of food mentioned in Allah’s book. Allah says: ‘Forbidden to you are carrion, blood, the flesh of swine; and that over which any name other than Allah’s has been invoked; and the animal that has been strangled, or beaten to death, or killed by a fall, or gored to death, or savaged by a beast of prey, except that which you may have slaughtered when it is still alive, and [forbidden to you are] animals that have been slaughtered on idolatrous altars’ (5: 3).


The basic rule that defines what is permissible or forbidden to eat is the Qur'anic verse that says: ‘Say: “In all that has been revealed to me, I do not find anything forbidden to eat, if one wishes to eat thereof, unless it be carrion, or blood poured forth, or the flesh of swine – for all that is unclean – or a sinful offering over which any name other than Allah’s has been invoked. But if one is driven by necessity, neither intending disobedience nor exceeding his bare need, then know that your Lord is Much-Forgiving, Ever-Merciful”’ (6: 145).