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Dietary Law

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 01:04  GMT

When we get meat (chicken), we go to the local (non-Muslim) slaughterhouse/factory and recite the name of Allah over the chickens as a mechanical blade slices their throats. We are not doing it with our own hands but a machine is carrying out the slaughter. The process is so fast that by the time we recite the name of Allah, at least four chickens have gone by. Is this meat lawful for us to eat?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 01:03  GMT

When slaughtering, I said “Bismillâh al-Rahmân al-Rahîm” instead of “Bismillâh wa Allah Akbar”. Was the meat of that slaughtered animal lawful or unlawful? what should one do in this case?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 01:02  GMT

Is it permissable to eat mistreated animals? I am specifically concerned about veal. These young calves are believed to be kept in tiny cages, and some say they are mistreated. Would their meat be lawful to eat if they were slaughtered in the correct manner?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 01:01  GMT

What is the ruling on eating marine animals that also live on land, like sea turtles, sea otters, ocean birds, and crabs? Must they be slaughtered before they are eaten?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 01:00  GMT

How can it be lawful to eat the meat slaughtered by a Jew or a Christian these days? The understanding that I have always had is that it is alright to eat the kosher meat of the Jews since it is duly slaughtered in Allah's name, but not the meat slaughtered by a Christian, because these days it is not slaughtered in Allah's name. Is it not necessary to recite Allah's when slaughtering an animal?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:59  GMT

I live in the USA. May I buy the meat that is sold in the supermarkets?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:58  GMT

A few days ago, I recieved an e-mail in which a person wrote that it is unlawful for Muslims to consume food and beverage products containing FD&C yellow no. 5. Please tell me wheter it is permissible for Muslims to use such products. I am currently using a number of products containing FD&C yellow no. 5.

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:56  GMT

Why is it forbidden for Muslims to eat pork?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:55  GMT

Is it permissible to eat sea turtles? Do they need to be slaughtered?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:54  GMT

Many processed foods contain substances that are represented in product labels by e-codes. These substances - mainly used as emulsifiers - are often derived from lard and other animal fats. What should a Muslim do with such foods?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:53  GMT

I heard that donkey meat is unlawful in Islam, as well as the meat of cats and dogs. Could you please explain this to me?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:52  GMT

I heard that caffeine is a kind of drug. There is a hadith that states “Every intoxicant is khamr and every form of khamr is unlawful.” Therefore, caffeine should be considered unlawful, regardless of how much you are consuming because of the hadith that says: “Whatever causes intoxication in large amounts, a small amount of it is unlawful.” Caffeine is found in chocolate and in almost every drink such as such as cola, coffee, and tea. Doesn't this mean that these foods and drinks are al ...

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:52  GMT

Many active Muslims, especially in the West, make assumptions on cerain issues. For instance, they will refuse to eat anything with the slightest additive or ingredient which may be of doubtful origin. What advice do you have for these sincere brothers and sisters?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:51  GMT

Is it lawful for Muslims to consume products containing monosodium glutamate or ajinomoto? I would also like to know what monosodium glutamate is and where it comes from?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:50  GMT

What should Muslims living in the West do about buying dairy products, since it is well known that farmers often feed waste or carrion to cows?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:49  GMT

What is the Islamic ruling on gelatine and foods that contain it?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:47  GMT

Is it permissible for a Muslim to eat uncooked meat, since it invariably contains within it a quantity of blood?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:47  GMT

The only vinegar that is available to a Muslim is that which is sold in the shops, and invariably, these will all have been made by a deliberate process from alcoholic beverages. Applying the ruling that it is unlawful for Muslims to use vinegar manufactured from alcohol by a deliberate process would make it practically impossible for a Muslim to ever have any vinegar. It would also mean that Muslims would have to avoid a considerable amount of the food products on the market, like most tomato k ...

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:46  GMT

Is it disliked (makrûh) to eat beef? Is there a hadîth to this effect?

Last Modified:  24 Aug 2011 12:45  GMT

There is something called "edible gold foil" and "edible silver foil" that is basically made of pure silver and gold which has been transferred into extremely thin foil which is edible. This is commonly used (very sparingly) as a decoration on the top of Indian and Pakistani sweets. Is it lawful to eat this?

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