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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.

Medicines Containing Alcohol

It is permissible to use medicines with an alcohol ingredient if the alcohol is transformed and has no effect on the mind. If the medicine contains a large percentage of alcohol, or a small percentage that remains potent, then it may not be used except in the case of need, when there is no permissible alternative and it is prescribed by a qualified doctor of integrity. In this latter case, a Muslim may take such a medicine within the limits of what is essential.

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

Sitting at Table Where Wine is Served

The first view is expressed by the late Shaikh Abd al-Azeez ibn Baz. He said that it is not permissible for a Muslim to sit with people drinking wines unless he makes clear his disapproval. If they do not accept, he should leave them.The second view is expressed by some contemporary scholars who make clear that the normal ruling is that it is forbidden to sit with someone drinking intoxicants. However, if a Muslim fears some adverse reaction should he refuse to attend a function or decline an invitation, he may attend. This also applies when a Muslim hopes that by accepting his neighbour’s invitation, he may be able to advise him and to tell him about Islam.