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Are we allowed to eat Bat?

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I had an argument with my freind a few days back. It was about whether we are allowed to eat a Bat. Are we

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Are we allowed to eat Bat?

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There is no specific injunction from either the Quran or Sunnah whether the bat is halaal or haraam as food for the believers. Allah and His Messenger (saws) have provided us with a short haram list; if the animal is not in that list, then it will be considered halaal as food.

The flesh of swine

Any animal that dies of itself.

Any animal not duly slaughtered Islamically.

Any animal which has canine-type teeth with which it hunts like tigers, lions, wolfs, etc.

Any impure animal.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraf verse 157 (part):(The Prophet) makes pure things halaal for them (the believers) and impure things haraam.


Thus, what needs to be determined is if the bat would fall in any of the above categories; and the chances are that it is closer to being an impure and creepy animal, and best abstained from as food.


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