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Eating meat from the People of the Book (Jews & Christians)

Post by Admin on Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:16 am

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It is narrated by Aisha (radi allahu anha) that a group of people said to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) `Some people came to us with some meat about which we didn't know whether the name of Allah was mentioned over or not' and he (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) replied"Say the name of Allah over it yourselves and then eat." She [Aisha] said that these people had just been from the kuffar [i.e. just became muslim and the question was not asked as to the method of slaughter].Volume 7, Book 67, Number 415



Ruling on Muslims [b]eating the meat of Ahl al-Kitaab

Fatawa Islamiyyah

Fatwa by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Saleh [b]Al-Uthaymeen
Question:
Is it permissable to eat poultry which is sold in the markets o n the basis that it is meat of the people of the book…or is it impermissable o n the basis that it is a carcass slaughtered by unknown means i.e. was it done by cutting off the head or electrocution or some such means….and are the Ahl-Kitab today truly to be considered in this ruling[as those of the past]?
Answer:
Yes eating the poultry is permissable because that which is slaughtered by the Ahl-Kitab today is just as what was slaughtered by Ahl-Kitab
in the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam). The Ahl-Kitab are of the kufar whether they are in the time of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) or now. Allah says in His noble book:Surely, they have disbelieved who say: "Allâh is the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary)." But the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allâh, my Lord and your Lord." Verily, whosoever sets up
partners in worship with Allâh, then Allâh has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong doers)there are no helpers. (Al-Ma'idah 5:72)Surely, disbelievers are those who said: "Allâh is the third of the three (in a Trinity)." But there is no ilâh (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but o ne Ilâh (God -Allâh). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them. (Al-Ma'idah 5:73)Allah also says in the same chapter:
Made lawful to you this day are At- Tayyibât [all kinds [b]of Halâl (lawful) foods, which Allâh has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, etc., milk products, fats, vegetables and fruits, etc.). The food (slaughtered cattle, eatable animals, etc.) of the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) is lawful to you and yours is lawful to them. (Al-Ma'idah 5:5)As far as the methodology of the slaughtering, we do not inquire about the method because if an action has occurred min ahlihi {at the hands of those suited to perform such acts} the condition surrounding that act are not asked about. We find in Sahih al-Bukharee:It is narrated by Aisha (radi allahu anha) that a group of people said to the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) `Some people came to us with somemeat about which we didn't know whether the name of Allah was mentioned over or not' and he (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) replied "Say the name of Allah over it yourselves and then eat." She [Aisha] said that these people had just been from the kuffar [i.e. just became muslim and the question was not asked as to the method of slaughter]. Volume 7, Book 67, Number 415)This rule therefore applies to [b]the Jews and Christians about whom we don't know whether or not they have mentioned Allah's name or not because their slaughtered meat is halal to us.

Question:
Please clarify the fatwa – esteemed Sheikh, if a Muslim goes to the markets and eating places in a Christian land and purchases the lamb, beef, or chicken and does not ask abouthow it was slaughtered?
Answer:
Yes, he does not ask about the method of slaughter.
Question:
What if he is informed however that [b]the meat has been stunned by electric shock, or has been chocked or shot? What is the ruling for meat slaughtered like this? Is it considered a carcass?
Answer:
It is not permissable if it is known with certainty because the meat would then be considered a carcass.
Question:
Can we understand from [b]the hadith of Aisha (radi allahu anha) which is related in the fatwa that the question which was posed by the
people to the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa salaam) was o nly in relation to whether Allah's name was mentioned over the animal being slaughtered and it was not about the actual method of slaughter?
Answer:
Yes they did inquire about [b]the mentioning of the name of Allah and not the actual method of the slaughtering, and it is evident in the hadith that itis not necessary to ask about either of the two.
Question:
Is it possible to say that if there are stores in a city where the Muslim lives, and those stores carry meat slaughtered according to Islamic method – even if it is more expensive – that it is not then permissable to buy the meat of the Christians?
Answer:
No. It is not possible to say that because the slaughtered meat of the Christians and the Jews is halal. However whoever leaves it [i.e. doesn't eat it] out of a sense of piety [tawar'an] we see no fault upon him. [Tawar'a or wara is when a person has such piety that they will avoid even that which is permissable to do for what is even better from wanting to please Allah and also eliminating any possibility of doing something wrong.
Question:
One of the readers ask about a narration from Ali ibn Abi Talib (radi allahu anhu) in which he reportedly said: "Do not eat the meat slaughtered by Bani Taglab because they adhere to christianity by drinking alcohol." Can this be used as a proof considering the Christians of
today, the majority of who drink alcohol, that it is not permissable to eat their slaughtered meat?
Answer:
I do not know the authenticity of this statement [narrated by Ali] and if it is authentic, its meaning would be that they [Banu Taglab] were not actually following the religion of the Christians and therefore they would not fall under the ruling of permissability of their slaughtered meat.
Question:
If it is known that some of the slaughterhouses in this country slaughter sheep and cattle along with swine, is it permissable to eat that meat meat especially when the same instruments are used to slaughter both at the same time?

Answer:
In this case, if we know that the knives are used for both [pork and non pork] then the [non pork] meat should be washed and it will be purified through washing.

Translated from Al-Sirat Al-Mustaqeem Safar/Rabi al-Awwal 1414

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