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I've heard some people claim that spinal marrow or spinal cord is haram to eat. Is this claim true and what is the basis for this?

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No, it is not haram. At all. The prohibition is against blood, and marrow is not blood. Some may have confused that issue.

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Everything is Halal until proven otherwise. Allah said, “It is He Who hath created for you all things that are on earth.” (Quran 2:29). In other words, spinal marrow or spinal cord is Halal.

Majority of the Muslim scholars hold of its permissibility. However, some from the Shia religion rely on a fabricated hadith, "The worst of my ummah are those who consume bone marrow" (Bihar al-Anwaar , 62/293).

All in all, there is no evidence of prohibition.

  • This might answer the question but clearly needs clarification I at least would add (5:1) and (5:3-5:4) and maybe more. As you statement could -theoretically- easily be refuted by a counterexample or an exception. – Medi1Saif Jun 4 '18 at 7:37
  • How would you refute it? I am actually curious now. – Ibn Hazm Jun 5 '18 at 8:01
  • Take any verse starting with: "Allah made unlawfull for you" it shows that not all things are halal. So you must explicitly show that your "thing" is halal, by excluding it being haram. – Medi1Saif Jun 5 '18 at 8:06
  • Also, this is the position of the four schools of thought. – Ibn Hazm Jun 5 '18 at 8:07
  • This can't be concluded from your statement! – Medi1Saif Jun 5 '18 at 8:12

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