Islamic Rulings On Meat Of Animals That Are Forbidden For Muslims To Eat

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According to Islam, there are three categories of meat: Halal(allowed), haram(prohibited), Makruh(strictly to be avoided as abominable).

Most Muslims eat all kinds of meat. However, many Muslims have no idea of what they are allowed to eat.

Here is the meat that is forbidden for Muslims to eat.

1. Pork: Pork is forbidden in Islam according to the text of the Qur'an where Allah says: He has forbidden you from consuming dead animals and blood, and the flesh of swine(pork). It is not permissible for Muslims to consume it under any circumstances except in cases of necessity where a person's life depend on eating it, such as in the case of starvation where a person fears that he is going to die and he cannot find any other kind of food to eat.

2. Dog: It is not permissible to eat dogs or to give them to people who will eat them, because it is haram to eat them or to help anyone else to eat them. The prophet said: “Every animal that has fangs is haram”. Dogs are haram because they are carnivorous animals with a fang.

3. Donkey: There are two types of donkey, wild donkey(Onagers) and domesticated donkey. It is permissible to eat the meat of Onagers(wild donkeys) and it is haram to eat the meat of domesticated donkeys. The first is permissible because of the report narrated by Bukhari from Abu Qataadah, who hunted an Onagers and brought a piece of it to the prophet and he ate some of it, and he said to his companions “It is allowed to eat it”. About domesticated donkeys,s Prophet Muhammad declared it haram(forbidden).

4. Snails: Snails are of two types, land snails and sea snails. Land snails come under the same heading as “insects and vermin” which have no blood that flows. Sea snails come under the heading of shellfish, which are sea animals. The majority of scholars are of the view that it is forbidden to eat land snails while sea snails are allowed.

5. Frog and Toad: Islamic rulings on eating frogs and toad is that frogs and toads are haram(forbidden) because they are regarded as revolting and unclean.

Other animals whose meat is haram are wolf, Hyena, Cat, Monkey, Leopard, Tiger, Cheetah, Lion, Bear, Squirrel, Hedgehog, Snake, Tortoise, Lizard, Fox, Crocodile, Elephant, Falcon and Vulture.

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