Assalam u Alaikum, I am an exchange student currently studying in the United States of America for one year. Halal meat here is quite costly and my host family (the people who i live with) are Christian and although they sometimes buy halal meat for me but still we don't have halal meat available every week. My question is can i eat just chicken that's not halal?
What many people call "halal" and "zabiha" arent the same. Eating chicken, beef etc of people of the book is permissable per aya (verse) 5 of surah al maidah. Some people say that that's only if people of the book follow their religous instructions when preparing the meat (like kosher), but from my research, even the most prominant and salafi sheikhs of saudi arabia have said it's ok to eat meat of people of the book, without the need to ask how they slaughtered it.