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Islamic Dietary Prohibitions

Islam is a religion in which there are few dietary rules. In Islam, one can eat all that is pure and nutritious, but it also prohibits certain categories of food and drink. Among the categories of food and drink forbidden according to Quranic injunctions are the following:

  1. Meat of dead animals (carrion).
  2. Meat of strangled animals.
  3. Meat of dead animals through beating.
  4. Meat of dead animals through falling from a height.
  5. Meat of dead animals killed by (the goring of) a horn.
  6. Meat of dead animals devoured of wild beasts.
  7. Food on which any other name has been invoked besides that of God.
  8. Meat of animals that have been immolated into idols.
  9. Meat of swine (pig), including anything prepared from swine.
  10. All intoxicants including all types of alcohol and intoxicating drugs.

In Surah Al-Ma'idah, the forbidden foods are explained in detail:

"Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than God, and that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (Forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety." (Qur'an 5:4)

"O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows are an abomination- of Satan's handiwork; Eschew such (abomination) that you may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God and from Prayer. Will you not then abstain?" (Qur'an 5:90-91)

Since the above categories are obviously too many to explain in one issue, we will be explaining the categories in future issues.

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July / August 1991
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The Prophet Salih
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Islamic Dietary Laws