Quranic Guidance on Halal Consumption

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Published in Muslim Views
  • Islamic jurisprudence specifies which foods are halal (حَلَال “lawful”) and which are harām (حَرَامْ “unlawful”). … According to the Quran, the only foods explicitly forbidden are meat from animals that die of themselves, blood, the meat of pigs, and any food dedicated to other than God.
  •  And God Almighty says in the Quran that :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُلُوا مِنْ طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لِلَّهِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ

“O you who believe! Eat of the good things We have provided for you, and give thanks to God, if it is Him that you worship.” (Quran Chapter 2, Verse 172).

In this Surah Allah reminds us about the abundance of food and good things that was created for mankind, and than Allah advises us against those foods that are prohibited.

اِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيۡکُمُ الۡمَيۡتَةَ وَالدَّمَ وَلَحۡمَ الۡخِنۡزِيۡرِ وَمَآ اُهِلَّ بِهٖ لِغَيۡرِ اللّٰهِ ۚ 

فَمَنِ اضۡطُرَّ غَيۡرَ بَاغٍ وَّلَا عَادٍ فَلَاۤ اِثۡمَ عَلَيۡهِ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ غَفُوۡرٌ رَّحِيۡمٌ‏  

“He has forbidden you carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, and what was offered to other than God. But whoever is compelled by necessity—neither driven by desire nor excess—he commits no sin. God is Forgiving and Merciful. (Quran Chapter 2, Verse 173)