Fruits for the Week

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1. That which has been prohibited by an evidence of the Qur’an:

a) The food of someone else who does not own it in any manner of ownership that would make it permissible for him to it. This is due to Allah the Almighty’s statement:” And eat up not one another’s property unjustly.” (Al-Baqarah: 188) and the statement of the Messenger:” And no one should milk the cow of anyone else, except with his permission.” (Bukhari and Muslim)


b) Dead animals that have not been slaughtered, which are animals that have died of natural causes, such strangulation, being struck with a blow, falling, being gored or butted by another animal and being partially eaten by a predatory animal.


c) Pouring blood, which is blood that runs when killing the animal. Likewise, blood that is not from slaughter animals is not permissible, whether it is pouring or not, and whether it is a little or lot.


d) Pork and likewise any other part of the pig, such as its blood, fat and other than them.


e) Whatever is sacrificed for other than Allah, which is that which has had something else other than the name of Allah mentioned over it during slaughtering.


f) That which has been slaughtered on an altar that is a sign or symbol for what is worshipped other that Allah or it is used as a means of intercession to Allah. The proof of the prohibition of these six things is Allah’s statement:Forbidden to you are: al-maitah (animals that are not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and what has been killed by strangling, or by violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns – and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal- unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) – and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on an-Nusub (stone-altars).” (Al-Maidah: 3). Thus, these things are prohibited by the Mighty Book.


2. What has been forbidden due to the Prophet’s prohibiting it:


  1. Domestic donkeys. This is due to the statement of Jabir,may Allah be pleased with him,On the day of Khaibar the Messenger of Allah (saw) forbade eating the meat of domestic donkeys and he allowed eating the meat of horses.” Bukhari and Muslim)

b) Mules. This is due to an analogy between them and domestic donkeys, so they fall under the ruling of that which has been forbidden (i.e. the donkeys). This is also due to the statement of Allah the Almighty:And the horses, mules and donkeys, for you to ride.” (An-Nahl: 8). This is a proof in its manners of address that necessitates the prohibition of eating them. If it is said,How can horses be lawful to eat while the evidence concerning mules and horses is one in the same? The reply to this is that the horses are excluded by a text, which is the permission of the Messenger to eat them, as was mentioned in the hadith of Jabir that preceded.


c) d) Every predatory animal that has fangs or tusks, like the lion, the tiger, the bear, the cheetah, the elephant, the wolf, the dog, the jackal, the weasel, the fox, the squirrel and other animals that have fangs to hunt with. Also, those birds with talons, like the hawk, the falcon, the eagle, the peregrine falcon, the kite, the sparrow hawk, the owl and other birds that have talons to hunt with. This is due to the statement of Ibn Abbas,The Messenger of Allah (saw) forbade every predatory animal with fangs and every bird with talons.” (Muslim)


e) Al-Jallalah, which are animals that eat filth and it (the filth) is usually a part of their sustenance from the waste of livestock animals. An example of this type of animal is the chicken. This is due to what Abu Dawud recorded from Ibn Umar that the Prophet (saw) prohibited the meat of al-jallalah animals and their milk. Thus, they are not eaten until they are kept away from eating the filth for some days, during which their meat will become good. Also their milk is not drunk, until after they are kept away from the filth for some days, during which their milk will become good.


3. What is forbidden with the evidence being prevention of harm:

a) Poison in general, due to the confirmation of its harm upon one’s body

b) Dirt, clay, stones and coal, due to their harm if eaten and their lack of benefit

c) Every food or drink that has an impurity mixed in it. And everything that is impure in its nature, like animal droppings.


(Prepared by Shaikh Abu Bakr Jabir Al-Jazz’iry)

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