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Q. You have repeatedly mentioned that meat bought in supermarkets in European countries is permissible to eat. The question is whether Europeans today are Christian in the Quranic sense. Perhaps most of them do not consider themselves Christians. They definitely do not mention the name of God when they slaughter their animals. Can we apply the same rule to meat bought in Hindu or Buddhist countries?

 

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In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Statement: You have repeatedly mentioned that meat bought in supermarkets in European countries is permissible to eat.

If a few conditions (which are listed below) can be met, then and only then the meat served in predominantly Christian nations like the USA, UK and Europe, etc. can be termed halaal. It does not matter if the meat is beef, or lamb, or chicken, or any of the halaal animals, the terms remain the same.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:

All the good and pure things have today been made halaal for you; the food of the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) is halaal for you, and your food for them.

 

It is evident from the above aayah of the Holy Quran that the food of the People of the Book (Jews and the Christians) is halaal for the believers. Some people say that the People of the Book today commit shirk and since the food of the mushriks is haraam, therefore the food slaughtered by the People of the Book is also haraam. This deduction is incorrect, as the Quran itself condemns the Jews and Christians for invoking their Prophets as the son of Allah and thus committing shirk. But Allah has made the food of the People of the Book halaal as seen in the above aayah of Surah Maidah in the Holy Quran.

 

If the below five conditions are met, the food served by the People of the Book will be deemed halaal for the believers.

 

1.      The animal itself should be halaal in Shariah. (Even if a muslim (Allah forbid) were to slaughter swine, it will not make it halaal!!).

2.      The one who slaughters the animal must either be a Muslim, or a Jew or a Christian. If any other person slaughters the animal, it will not be considered halaal.


3.      The animal has to be slaughtered and the blood should be oozed out naturally. It does not matter if the animal is slaughtered by hand or by a machine, from the front of the neck or from the back. What is important is that the veins must be cut to allow the blood to be oozed out of the body.

4.      The animal should have been alive at the time of slaughter. It is a routine in most slaughterhouses in the West, that they electrocute or sting the animal with an electric shock, and then slaughter the animal. That is fine, as long as one is satisfied that the electric shock did not kill the animal before its slaughter!

5.      The condition that Allahs name has to be pronounced is not a condition for the People of the Book, as long as nobody elses name is pronounced. If anybody elses name other than Allah is pronounced at the time of slaughter, it does not matter who slaughters the animal, that meat is haraam.

 

Your Question: The question is whether Europeans today are Christian in the Quranic sense. Perhaps most of them do not consider themselves Christians.

Beloved brother in Islam, just as any person who declares the testification of faith in Allah and His Last Messenger will be regarded as a legal muslim in the Sight of Shariah Law, any peson who is born into or professes their belief as a Jew or a Christian will be regarded as one amongst the People of the Book in the Sight of Shariah Law. Just as the food slaughtered by a legal muslim who has declared the testification of faith is considered lawful in Shariah Law, the flesh of the lawful animal which is slaughtered by one amongst the People of the Book will be absolutely lawful and legal in the Sight of Shariah Law.

 

There is a huge misunderstanding and confusion in the Muslim Ummah today that the People of the Book of today are not the same and they commit shirk, therefore the laws of the permissibility of their food and the marriage with their woman are forbidden to the believers. Allah Subhanah Himself in the Quran declares that the People of the Book commit shirk and are disbelievers, but in spite of that He has given them a special status as the People of the Book, and made it permissible for the believers to consume the lawful food they slaughter, and marry amongst their women; if indeed they wish to do so.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 30:

30 The Jews call Uzair a son of Allah and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah! That is a saying from their mouths; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 72-73:

72 They do blaspheme who say: "Allah is Christ, the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the garden and the Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.

73 They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy) verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 171:

171 O people of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but Truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah, and His Word which He bestowed on Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One Allah: Glory be to Him: (for Exalted is He) above having a son! To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.

 

Even when the Quran was being revealed, the Christians believed in the falsehood that Prophet Jesus (a.s.) was (I seek refuge in saying this!) the son of Allah Subhanah! But in spite of their this false belief and blasphemy, Allah Subhanah has permitted and allowed and declared it lawful for the the believers to eat of their lawfully slaughtered food and marry amongst their chaste woman, if indeed they choose to do so.

 

Your Question: They definitely do not mention the name of God when they slaughter their animals.

The absolute majority of the scholars are unanimous in their opinion that the condition that Allahs Name be pronounced at the time of slaughter is not a condition for the People of the Book. As long as the Jewish or Christian brethren do not pronounce any other name than Allah Subhanah, the flesh of the lawful animal they slaughter will be considered lawful for the believers to consume.

 

Even if a muslim were to pronounce any other name other than the Blessed Name of Allah Subhanah at the time of slaughter, that food would be unlawful for the believers to consume!

 

For example, if one regardless of whether he claims to be a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Christian.if that person at the time of slaughter pronounces any name other than of Allah Subhanah.that food would become absolutely unlawful for the believers to consume! For example if the Muslim brother (Allah forbid) were to say in the name of Mohamed (saws), or the Jewish brother were to say in the name of Musa (a.s.), or the Christian brother were to say in the name of Jesus (a.s.) or Maryam (a.s.), etc.that food would become unlawful for the believers because it has been served in the name of one other than Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Question: Can we apply the same rule to meat bought in Hindu or Buddhist countries?

The flesh of the animal slaughtered by any other than a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Christian would be absolutely unlawful for the believers to consume; absolutely regardless of which country that animal was slaughtered in!

 

If in a Hindu or Buddhist country or nation, a Muslim, or a Jew, or a Christian were to slaughter a lawful animal.its food would be deemed lawful for the believers; and conversely, even if one were in an Islamic country or nation, but the animal was slaughtered by a Hindu or a Buddhist or any other than a Muslim or a Jew or a Christian, that food would be unlawful for the believers to consume.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 


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