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What Parts of an Animal are Haram to Eat?

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by in Environment, Fiqh, Question and Answer | 2 comments

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Question: In the west it is sometimes difficult to find halal food. When one does find halal food, are there certain parts of the animal which cannot be consumed?

Answer:

Eating halal (permissible) meat is one of the laws of Islam that a Muslim struggles with in western societies. Although certain parts of the western world cater for practicing Muslims, such as Sydney, London, and Dearborn, halal meat is difficult to come by in other parts. That being said, one must strive to make sure he is either eating halal meat or taking the vegetarian option.

There are parts of the bodies of animals who have been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic law, making them halal, that still cannot be eaten. These parts are:

All animals other than birds, fish, and locusts

  • Blood
  • Faeces
  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Placenta
  • Glands (hazelnut shaped)
  • Testicles
  • Ductless Gland: a small chickpea sized part of the brain found in the “middle” of the brain, similar to a gland
  • Bone Marrow – white line in middle of the vertebrae on spinal cord
  • Obligatory Precaution: Wide-Yellow nerves on both sides of the spinal cord
  • Galbladder
  • Spleen
  • Bladder
  • Iris of the eye

Birds:

  • Blood
  • Excrement
  • Obligatory Precaution: Parts mentioned in normal animal section

Fish and Locusts

  • Obligatory Precaution: Blood
  • Obligatory Precaution: Excrement

Locusts:

- Obligatory Precaution: Excrement

Answered by: Shaykh Hamid Waqar

2 Comments

  1. salaam
    according to which marja are these rulings?

  2. Salam Sheikh,

    Regarding bone marrow, does this include bone marrow from the leg of a halal animal? For example a cow or lamb?

    Also is this agrees by all Maria?

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