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Which foods from the sea are halal?

"Everything in ocean is Madhbooh (slaughtered)." [Bukhari] I hear a lot of discussions going on about what is halal and haram from the sea. One side claims that anything form the sea is halal, be it ...
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Is it a sin to consume pork without knowing?

In modern times, many of the ingredients of processed food may be derived from pork. Is it a sin if a muslim consumes one of these ingredients without prior knowledge? What should be done when finding ...
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Lobsters and crabs, halal or haram due to boiling alive?

I just read a question that asks if eel is halal and it reminded me of something I always wondered about. Lobsters and crabs are boiled alive when cooked. That means it's haram to eat them right? I ...
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Are all vegetarian products Halal?

Can Muslims safely consider all vegetarian products as Halal? If not then what are the things that are required to be looked at carefully before purchasing such products?
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Is it permissible for a Muslim to eat something which is offered by a non-Muslim?

What prompted to do ask this question is that last week when I was at the school the teacher offered the students some candy after he came back from his vacation. He is Buddhist. I thanked him and sat ...
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Is it permissible to eat with non-Muslims?

Is eating on the same table with non-Muslims (Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc) allowed? The assumption is that you would be eating halal food such as vegetables, and that non-Muslims would eat food ...
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Is artificially produced meat halal?

Is meat that has been artificially grown in a lab (made by duplicating cells) halal? What if the father cell came from a living animal? Can humans eat this kind of artificial meat? Reference Link for ...
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Is eating sushi halal or haram?

Rice of course is halal as far as I know, but what about of other seafood that can be used when cooking sushi such as shrimps, crabs, salmon, caviar etc?
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Are Shrimp, Lobster, Crayfish and Crab Halal? [closed]

Are Shrimp, Lobster, Crayfish and Crab Halal? Are they different from fiqh point of view?
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How important is eating halal meat?

I've asked several people and the opinion seems to be split. Some people say it's completely haram eating non-halal meat. Others tell me that if you say Bism-Allah Alrahaman Alraheem before eating the ...
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Do left-handed converts need to start eating with their right hand?

Many people in this world are left handed: "Studies suggest that 88–92% of the world population is right-handed." -- Handedness, Wikipedia. Presumably, somewhere around 10% of Muslim converts are ...
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Are Muslims allowed to eat boars?

It is clear that it is haram to eat pork. However, is it permissible to eat wild boars or to use products derived from them (boar bristle brushes)? I ask this because both pigs and boars belong to the ...
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Are kosher foods considered to be halal?

If kosher foods contain no alcohol within them, is it safe for a Muslim to consume kosher?
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Can water be halal or haram?

On a flight from Tokyo to Sydney with Japan Airlines, I was given a bottle of water that was certified halal. (Apologies for the image quality) Do Muslims consider water as being potentially halal or ...
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Are there special cases in which meat not slaughtered in Islamic way is allowed to eat?

It is well known that Muslims are forbidden to eat meat which is not slaughtered in Islamic way. But, what is the rule for eating meat sold in public markets or public places in non-Muslim countries. ...
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Are all unhealthy substances haraam?

Smoking is seen by the majority of Muslim scholars as haraam on the grounds that it is harmful to one's health. But tobacco is not the only harmful substance that has wide spread use. As an example; ...
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Is it halaal to eat birthday cake?

Is it halaal to eat birthday cake? When I ask this question, I do know that celebrating birthdays is a practice of non-Muslims and so we aren't allowed to celebrate it. However, that is not the ...
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Do any schools consider eel haram, and why?

Given that eel is clearly a water animal, one would think that it would fall under the general ruling of the hadith wherein the sea's water is pure and its dead is permissible. However, I clearly ...
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Is it necessary to drink water while sitting down and why doesn't the same rule apply while drinking Zam Zam?

I've always been asked by my elders to sit down and then drink water. Why is it so and why doesn't the same rule apply while drinking Zam Zam.
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Is white sugar haram due to containing animal bone?

White sugar contains animal bone which is responsible for the white color. That bone may not be a halal (if the animal may be killed as per the Islamic law). So is sugar haram or halal?
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Are insects (e.g. locusts) halal to eat according to the Qur'an and Sunnah?

I was recently told that locusts are halal. Is there any proof from the Sunnah or the Qur'an that says insects are halal or is it just locusts?
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What is the authenticity of the hadith “if you eat meat for 40 days, those qualities will come within you”?

In my answer to How often should we eat meat?, I quote two ahadith which I'm unsure about their reliability. The second is “At one time the Rasul of Allah said to his cousin ‘Ali, ‘O ‘Ali, you ...
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Should one say Bismillah before eating snacks or drinking coffee?

I try to say Bismillah before eating meals. Sometimes I eat things which are not particularly significant, eg. a lolly, a piece of fruit, or a cup of coffee, which aren't considered meals. Question: ...
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Eating garlic before visiting the masjid - ambiguous hadith

Narrated 'Ata' (Radi-Allahu 'anhu): I heard Jabir bin 'Abdullah saying, "The Prophet (Sallallahu 'Alaihi WaSallam) said, 'Whoever eats (from) this plant (he meant garlic) should keep away from ...
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Celebration of Eid ul Adha for a vegan muslim

As you already know during the day of Eid ul Adha, muslims sacrifice an animal (sheep,cow ...) as Ibrahim (pbuh) did in name of God. I'm muslim so I absolutely respect my religion but I'm also vegan ...
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Is L-cysteine that is derived from human or animal sources halal?

L-cysteine is mostly made from human hair, chicken or duck feathers, boar bristles etc., or it can be synthetic. I would like to know if it is halal, since it can be found in many bakery products such ...
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Gelatin capsules from pig ash or its bone

We read in the quran that the flesh of swine is impermissible(occurs four times elsewhere in Quran) “He has forbidden you only the Maytah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, ...” [al-...
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Is horsemeat Halal?

Is the eating of Horse meat Halal or not? I would like an answer with references to the Quran or Hadiths.
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What is “Gelatine (Plant)”? Is it halal?

I was shopping for snacks yesterday, and I saw a new product (not sure where from; I'm in Canada but as there was Chinese writing on the package I assume it was foreign). Among the ingredients was ...
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Why isn't it cow meat prohibited when it is said to cause sickness?

I've come across to the following hadith: عليكم بألبان البقر و سمنانها ، و إياكم و لحومها ، فإن ألبانها و سمنانها دواء و شفاء ، و لحومها داء ... The milk of the cow contains healing, its fat is a ...
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What are the foods forbidden for Muslims to eat and the reason?

What are the different kinds of food that a Muslim can't eat and the reasons they were banned? I heard some people mention that Muslims shouldn't eat horses' or donkeys' meat, but I couldn't find a ...
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Is unintentionally eating haram food halal or haram?

What to do if someone ates haram food item unintentionally? Is that haram or halal? Is it a sin? Will Allah forgive that person?
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What should I break my fast with?

At home I normally break my fast with dates or something sweet, but at my local mosque we mainly had fried food, and this seems unusual to me. How should I break my fast? I know it is sunnah to eat ...
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Can we eat in restaurants that are not run by Muslims and do not have some sort of halal certification? [duplicate]

What is the Islamic ruling on eating in restaurants that are not run by Muslims and do not have some sort of Halal certification? (I ask because in traditional Judaism one generally may not eat in ...
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Is human flesh halal for eating?

Inspired by: this question Of course, murdering someone is forbidden and mutilating a body is forbidden. But setting these issues aside, would human flesh be halal for eating?
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Is there an authentic source for the hadith where the Prophet and Ali ibn Abi Talib joke about eating dates?

On another page, where the question asks if the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used humour in his daily life, one user gave a very nice answer, but I wanted to clarify something: The date incident that has ...
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Is it okay if I eat at a halal restaurant that serves beer/alcohol?

I have an exchange program at Madrid, Spain for 5 months. There is a lot of restaurant here that show Halal at their restaurant name, for an example Palmira & La Libanesa (at Gran Via,Madrid). ...
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What are the dominant rulings for alcoholic content in food in each of the Sunni madhahib?

Note: This post is intended to provide a canonical answer for a common class of questions The forbiddance of drinking khamr is is well-known in Sunni Islam, based primarily on the following Qur'anic ...
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Is there a consensus that eating with a knife and fork (as in Western culture) is unlawful?

In my culture (Australian; English background), we usually eat with a fork in our left hand and the knife in the right. We place food in our mouths using the fork in our left hand. This is how I was ...
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Are muslims allowed to eat pork and other forbidden food when imprisoned, during starvation and other exceptional circumstances?

Someone told me that the Quran explicitly allows muslims to eat otherwise banned food when imprisoned, during starvation and similar. It makes sense but I would like a source for it.
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Is there any exception that consuming alcohol or alcoholic foods is OK?

Actually I have few questions relating to alcohol consumption. They are so related that I feel they should be at one place. What is the purpose of Allah in making alcohol haram? Is it OK to drink ...
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What are the proper dietary and eating habits or manners in Islam?

What are the manners of eating and drinking in Islam? What were the eating manners and habits of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? What are the benefits for us to adopt eating habits/manners of Islam? Thanks.
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Why are Muslims allowed to eat camels but not horses?

I've been told that Muslims are allowed to eat camels but we're not allowed to eat horses. Why? I thought the reason why they couldn't eat horses was to do with the fact that people use them as a ...
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Is it permissible to refuse halal food?

I heard a friend say that as Muslims we should eat everything that has been made halal for us and if we don't then we will be questioned on the last day. I am specifically referring to rabbit meat ...
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What can a Muslim do when dining with Christian friends who say grace?

A grace is a short prayer or thankful phrase said before or after eating. The term most commonly refers to Christian traditions. -- Wikipedia Here's a Catholic example: Bless us, O Lord, and these,...
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Which scholars argue that mentioning Gods name while slaughtering is not obligatory?

As the title says; Which scholars argue that mentioning Gods name while slaughtering is not obligatory? Of course it doesn't have to be a list with all scholars ever holding that opinion, but as many ...
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At what alcohol percentage is a volume of alcoholic seasoning/condiment considered haram?

This question is more specifically aimed at condiments that may have small percentages of alcohol (<1% alcohol) such as soy sauce and some types of mirin. An example of mirin STYLE seasoning that ...
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Are there any special rules about the halal certification of dairy foods?

A dairy company has recently announced that it's dropping halal certification. Are there any halal rules about dairy products in itself, or is certifying that dairy products are halal like certifying ...
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Is eating mushrooms allowed in islam?

mushrooms are neither fruit nor vegetables They are a special type of fungus source :http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/are-mushrooms-good-you?page=all but are they ...
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Is octopus halal?

I am in China doing my studies. Anyone tell me Octopus is halal or haram. Because in some Muslim Canteen it is available and some Muslim like to eat it.