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24-Jul-2005, 01:43 PM
Which Ayah in the Quraan says we can eat meat from Christians and Jews???
my teacher said we should find it. I was really surprised wen i heard that we could.
24-Jul-2005, 04:54 PM
The Jews and Christians alike use a system known as 'Khashrut'. This ionvolves the meat being slaughtered in the same way Muslims do it, so it is still Halaal for us. If it is not 'Khosher', or 'Kosher', than it is not Halaal. 99% of Christians do not do this, so be careful and eat what is Halaal.
24-Jul-2005, 11:41 PM
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Food of the people of the book - Restricting a General Qur'anic
Q. Here in the US where I live some people say that the permission
stated in Verse 5 or Surah 5, allowing Muslims to eat meat slaughtered
by Christians and Jews applied at the time of the revelation of the
Qur’an when methods of slaughter were the same for all. Nowadays with
new methods, the slaughter by Christians does not conform to the
standard and therefore it is not allowed. Please comment.
A. If a Qur’anic statement is given in general terms, its application
cannot be restricted unless there is clear indication to support such
restriction. This could be a Hadith speaking specifically about the
statement in question, or a clear indication in the Qur’an. The
statement you refer to says: “The food of the people of earlier
revelations (i.e. Christians and Jews) is permissible for you and your
is permissible for them, as also the chaste women from among the
believers and from among the people of earlier revelations.” There is
indication in the text relating this permission to the method of
slaughter. Nor is there any Hadith explaining this verse in such a way
as to call for investigating the method of slaughter. It is a
God has been gracious to give us. We take it as it is.
Imam Malik mentions that this concession makes lawful what they
to be lawful in their religion, unless it is specifically forbidden for
us, as in the case of pig meat. This means that the argument about the
method of slaughter is incorrect in this case.
Some people argue that Christians nowadays do not mention God’s name
before their slaughter, and we are specifically forbidden to eat of any
meat if God’s name is not invoked at the time of its slaughter. But
is again not a valid argument. The Prophet’s companions complained to
him saying: “We receive meat and we do not know if God’s name has been
invoked at the time of its slaughter.” The Prophet told them: “Then you
mention God’s name and eat.”
Unfortunately some Muslims take a very restrictive attitude in such
matters. Islam is not about restrictions, but about discipline. God has
granted certain concessions because He, in His infinite wisdom, knows
that these will make matters much easier for Muslims. Therefore, we
should take such concessions and act on them. By doing so, we earn
reward from Him.
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