Zabiha or Non-Zabiha
American Muslims, there are two predominant views about Zabiha meat.
Below, we have provided explanations from scholars representing
The late scholars
Syed Abul Ala Maududi and Al Phahim Jobe both argue that the
meat must be slaughtered in accordance with Islamic guidelines.
Al-Qaradawi argues that the meat of the Jews and Christians (called
the People of the Book) is acceptable for Muslims to
Below are the
MEAT MUST BE CONSUMED
Syed Abul Ala Maududi
(On a discussion
about Qur'an 5:5): The food of the People of the Book includes
the animals slaughtered by them. The rule that our food is
lawful to them and theirs lawful to us signifies that there
need be no barriers between us and the People of the Book regarding
We may eat with
them and they with us. But this general proclamation of permission
is preceded by a reiteration of the statement: All good things
have been made lawful to you. This indicates that if the People
of the Book either do not observe those principles of cleanliness
and purity which are considered obligatory by the Law or if their
food includes prohibited items, then one should abstain from eating
If, for instance,
they either slaughter an animal without pronouncing the name of
God or if they slaughter it in the name of anyone else but God it
is not lawful for us to eat that animal.
intoxicating drinks, the flesh of swine, and any other prohibited
thing is found on their dining table we may not justify our partaking
of such items on the ground that the persons concerned are People
of the Book.
The same applies
to those non-Muslims who are not People of the Book, except for
one difference-that whereas the animals slaughtered by the People
of the Book are lawful provided they have pronounced the name of
God at the time of slaughtering them, we are not permitted to eat
the animals killed by non-Muslims who are not People of the Book.
the Qur'an by Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi, Volume 2, Tafseer of
Surah Al-Maidah, verse number 5)
2. Opinion of
Shaikh Al Phahim Jobe
to the question, is it permitted to eat the supermarket meat?
Some people say America is a Christian country, and eating the food
of the People of the Book is allowed, Shaikh Al Phahim answered:
Supermarket meat is not Halal. For the Halal animals meat
to be Halal, it has to meet the requirements of slaughter in the
Islamic way. This includes invoking Allahs name before slaughtering
it, so that we may remember that all forms of life are sanctified,
and we are killing the animal because Allah has given us the right
to do so to satisfy our hunger.
is that it is slaughtered in a way that most of its blood is drained
are derived from the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace
and blessings be upon him): Forbidden unto you (for food)
are carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, on which has been invoked
the name of others than Allah, the strangled, and the dead through
beating, and the dead through falling from a height, and that which
has been killed by (the goring of) horns, and the devoured of wild
beasts, saving that which you make lawful (by slaughtering)...
(of meats) on which Allahs name has not been pronounced...
Ibn Abbas narrates
that the Prophet forbade the cutting of the spinal cord of the animal
when it is slaughtered (Tabarani).
The second part
of the question dealing with the People of the Book also has its
answer in the Qur'an: this day (all) good things (Tayyabat)
are made lawful to you. The food of the people of the Book is lawful
for you, and your food is lawful to them. (Qur'an 5:5).
It is clear
that the food of the Book has to be from among the Tayyabat,
that means the meat has to meet the Islamic requirements of slaughter
as explained in the beginning of my answer.
There are some
scholars who are of the view that the supermarket meats are Halal,
but their arguments are weak and even they say that the Muslims
should try to establish the Islamic way of slaughtering of animals
I also differ
with the statement that America is a Christian country, it is a
secular and capitalists nation.
3. A SIDE NOTE
ABOUT HALAL MEAT IN NON-MUSLIM COUNTRIES
During a 1997
Islamic Fiqh Academy Meeting, the issue of Zabiha was also brought
This is a summary
of the discussion.
important topic of discussion was the new methods of slaughtering
animals. The meeting discussed which of these new methods are in
accordance with Shariah and which are not.
In many Muslim
countries, especially in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries, meat
imported from non-Muslim countries is widely used. The Academy was
told by its researchers, based on their personal experience, that
the Halal label put on such imported meat is not reliable. The producers
exporting this meat from non-Muslim countries to the Muslim countries
do not take care to meet the requirements of the Shariah.
Academy appealed to the Muslim businessmen that before importing
such meat, they should ensure that the slaughter is certified to
be performed in accordance with the Shariah, the certification being
given by observing Muslims who are knowledgeable about Shariah requirements
regarding animal slaughter. The Academy also appealed to the Muslim
governments that they should use their embassies in the exporting
countries to keep the exporters from using the Halal label without
proper Halal certification by reliable Muslim agencies. (Source:
THE MEAT BY
NON MUSLIMS CAN BE EATEN
BY Sheikh Yusuf
Allah did not prohibit it, the food of the Jews and the Christians
is permitted to you on the basis of the original permissibility
of things, and likewise you can share your food with them. Accordingly,
you can eat the flesh of the animals they have slaughtered or hunted,
and they can eat what you have slaughtered or hunted. (The
Lawful and The Prohibited in Islam by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, page 59).
of the phrase, [part of the verse of the Qur'an, 5:5] the
food of those who were given the Scripture, is general and
includes their meats, produce, and other foods. All of these are
halal for us excepting what is haraam in itself, e.g., the flesh
of a dead animal, pork, and flowing blood, as these are haraam regardless
of whether they are obtained from a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim.
(The Lawful and The Prohibited in Islam by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi,
does not hear from a Christian or a Jew that a name other than Allahs
such as that of Jesus or a saint, was mentioned at the time of slaughter,
the meat he offers is halal. If, however, he says that a name other
than Allahs has been mentioned, it is haram, according to
the opinion of some jurists who argue that it falls under the heading
of what has been dedicated to other than Allah. Some others hold
the opinion that the food of the People of the Book has been permitted
to us by Allah, Who is aware of what they say when slaughtering
an animal. (The Lawful and The Prohibited in Islam by Yusuf
Al-Qaradawi, page 60)
know that imported meats, such as chicken and canned beef, originating
with the People of the Book are halal for us, even though the animal
may have been killed by means of electric shock or the like. As
long as they consider it lawful in their religion, it is halal for
us. This is the application of the above verse from Surah al-Maidah.
(Sheikh Qaradawi is referring to Qur'an 5:5) (The Lawful and The
Prohibited in Islam by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, page 62)
It should be
noted that at a conference of the Muslim Arab Youth Association
(MAYA) in the U.S. a few years ago, where Sheikh Qaradawi is a regular
speaker, he became exasperated upon being asked this question. He
has encouraged, in the North American context, where Muslim businesses
are present, that Muslims buy from these stores as opposed to purchasing
from the supermarket.
4 BIG REASONS
TO CHOOSE ZABIHA OVER NON-ZABIHA MEAT
you will, but Zabiha clearly has more advantages over non-Zabiha
meat available in supermarkets. Here are some MAJOR reasons why:
1. YOU CAN BE
SURE THERES NO PORK IN IT
In the last
few years, revelations of pork being mixed with meat have surfaced.
According to Ahmad Sakr, Professor Emeritus of Food Science and
author of A Muslim Guide to Food Ingredients, a group
of prisoners in San Francisco sued the food industry after discovering
this happened to the meat they were being served.
This type of
an incident ensures NO Muslim can consume such beef or chicken,
for example, which has been mixed with pork, as the consumption
of pork is Haram. A more recent and widespread example of this is
found in an NBC Dateline consumer investigation report that aired
last month. Although in the United States it is illegal to sell
mixed meats as pure ground beef, the report found it
still takes place. This mixing is called adulteration and it is
considered a health hazard. Adulteration happens when lamb, poultry,
and of special attention to Muslims, pork, are added to and sold
as pure ground beef. NBC Dateline went to small supermarkets, large
chains and discount stores all over the U.S. that sell food. In
each of the ten cities sampled NBC Dateline found supermarkets that
failed the ground beef test. Read the whole report at NBC Dateline
2. SUPPORT MUSLIM
meat is an almost sure way to support a Muslim business. This way,
youre not only getting your next meal (or meals) by buying
straight from a Halal grocery store, but youre also helping
another Muslim gain a livelihood. Youre giving back to the
community more than you could if you bought your meat at the nearest
supermarket. Today, there are Halal grocery stores in virtually
every major city in North America. These were, in most cases, the
second type of institution established by Muslims on
this continent after the mosque. After all, following our need to
worship in the house of Allah and gather together in an Islamic
atmosphere, what could be as important as eating in accordance with
Islamic guidelines, not to mention buying the necessary spices to
make Muslim meals from the Middle East and Indian subcontinent?
We should be giving them precedence, even if it means driving a
little farther out of town, or paying an extra dollar or two for
3. ARE YOU SURE
ITS FROM THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK?
And the clincher
is this: in todays farms and slaughterhouses, what guarantee
does anyone have that the meat they are eating has been slaughtered
by a Jew or a Christian? There is not, to my knowledge, anything
in any existing labour code in Canada or the U.S. which allows only
Jews and Christians to slaughter meat in regular farms
and slaughterhouses. That means, it could be ANYONE-Hindu, Sikh,
atheist, agnostic, etc. cutting the meat you decide to eat. So the
the people whose meat we think we are eating (the Jews and Christians)
may not even be directly involved in the slaughter of the meat.
4. ZABIHA IS
are a few scholars who reluctantly allow some type of supermarket
meat, all Islamic scholars agree that Zabiha must be preferred and
is clear of all doubts.
to Ask Your Halal Grocer Making Sure Youre Getting Your Moneys
You may think
everything you get from your local Halal grocery shop is as Halal
to the tee: Islamically slaughtered, pretty fresh, free of germs,
etc. But you may be in for a surprise. Some of the meat sold in
smaller Muslim grocery stores may actually be bought from the non-Muslim
wholesale market with little connection to Muslim food standards.
is a partner in the company Halal Farms U.S.A., which is marketing
products under the name Rehmat Meats in Illinois.
the people who market Halal products to the mainstream supermarket
do not sell Halal products, he says.
store owners would buy 10 to 15 carcasses from me and in most of
the cases buy products from American slaughter plants where the
cost is a little cheaper, he explains. They show the
receipt to customers that they are buying [meat certified by] Rehmat
Meats but in fact only 10 to 15 percent of the meat is Islamically
slaughtered. Muslim consumers should not be complacent,
says Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini, Executive director of Islamic Food
And Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), which is involved with
Halal certification in the U.S. and abroad. It is their right,
they should ask their manufacturers, retailers and the certifying
bodies about the meeting of Halal standards.
He advises Muslims
to ask five questions if they suspect malpractice or wrongdoing
involving Halal meat of food products:
1. Ask at the
retail store (Halal grocery store) whether or not a given product
or products are Halal.
2. When it comes
to meat, if it is Halal, who is the certifying agency. The certification
should be by a third-party, not the manufacturer and not the retailer.
3. How do you
contact the certifying agency? This information has to be public.
Muslim grocers, store owners and meat manufacturers have to be accountable
to the public because the certifying agencies are supposed to be
protecting the consumers rights.
They are not
there to make profit. They will make profit to run the organization,
but they are accountable to the public because they are the ones
who are taking the responsibility for saying the meat or product
is Halal or not to the satisfaction of the consumer.
4. When you
contact the certifying agency, ask who is slaughtering the meat
and what are the procedures.
This must be
verified because the Muslim consumer should not shrug away his or
her responsibility, saying that the retailer or the certifying agency
is saying it is Halal, and therefore they are not responsible.
has to go away, notes Hussaini.
5. This enquiry
should be ongoing because every so often a certifying agency may
be good today, but then becomes lax for one reason or another. The
Muslim consumer should keep inquiring, for example, after every
consumer can bring about a respected Halal system and once the system
is in place, then we will refine our procedures, we will refine
our methods, says Hussaini. Until then we must keep
inquiring, that way we will keep the certifying agencies on their
toes, and they will be cautious, vigilant, and compliant.
not of that whereon Allahs name hath not been mentioned, for
lo! it is abomination. Lo! the devils do inspire their minions to
dispute with you. But if ye obey them, ye will be in truth idolaters
unto you (for food) are carrion and blood and swine-flesh, and that
which hath been dedicated unto any other than Allah, and the strangled,
and the dead through beating, and the dead through falling from
a height, and that which hath been killed by (the goring of) horns,
and the devoured of wild beasts, saving that which ye make lawful
(by the death-stroke), and that which hath been immolated unto idols.
IN PROTEINS AND VITAMINS
break their fast by eating dates. Prophet (saws) is reported to
have said, "If anyone of you is fasting, let him break his
fast with dates. In case he does not have them, then with water.
Verily water is a purifier." The Prophet (saws) used to break
his fast by eating some dates before offering Maghrib Salaat, and
if ripe dates were not available, he used to substitute them with
some dried grapes. When they too were not available, he used to
have a few sips of water, according to some reports. Modern science
has proved that dates are part of a healthy diet. They contain sugar,
fat and proteins, as well as important vitamins. Hence, the great
importance attached to them by the Prophet.
Dates are also
rich in natural fibres. Modern medicine has shown that they are
effective in preventing abdominal cancer. They also surpass other
fruits in the sheer variety of their constituents. They contain
oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese,
copper and magnesium. In other words, one date satisfies the minimum
requirements of a balanced and healthy diet. Arabs usually combine
dates with milk and yoghurt or bread, butter and fish. This combination
indeed makes a self-sufficient and tasty diet for both mind and
Dates and date
palms have been mentioned in the Noble Qur'an twenty times, thus
showing their importance. The Prophet likened a good Muslim to the
date palm, saying, "Among trees, there is a tree like a Muslim.
Its leaves do not fall."
Dates are rich
in several vitamins and minerals. When the level of trace elements
falls in the body, the health of the blood vessels is affected leading
to an increased heart-rate and a consequent inability to perform
its function with normal efficiency. As dates are also rich in calcium,
they help to strengthen the bones. When the calcium content in the
body decreases, children are affected with rickets and the bones
of adults become brittle and weak.
Dates are also
important in keeping up the health of eyes. It is quite effective
in guarding against night-blindness. In the early years of Islam,
dates served as food for Muslim warriors. They used to carry them
in special bags hung at their sides. They are the best stimulant
for muscles and so the best food for a warrior about to engage in
(saws) used to combine dates with bread sometimes. At other times
he mixed ripe dates with cucumber, or dates combined with ghee.
He used to take all varieties of dates, but he preferred the variety
HALAL VS. HARAAM
of Imaan! Eat of the pure things (Halal) that We have provided for
you, and be grateful to Allah" - (Al-Baqarah 2:172)
indifference with regards to halal foods is indeed disturbing and
shocking. How greatly has our Imaan degenerated! Where are those
days gone when a Muslim would rather go hungry than consume anything
Haraam or doubtful? The morbid sight of Muslims heartily enjoying
meals in non-Muslim restaurants and the great increase in the purchase
of food items having dubious "halal" stamps on them is
frightening. One cannot help but reflect on the profound prophecy
of Muhammad (SAW) that, "There will come a time upon my Ummat
when people will not be concerned over what they take. It will not
matter for them whether it is Haraam or Halal". (Bukhari, Nasai)
It is further
reported that, "When this time comes, then none of their Duas
will be accepted" (Razeen).
This is actually
the ploy of the enemies of Islam to paralyse this Ummat by cutting
off their connection with Allah (SWT) by duping them into consuming
Haraam. The recent upsurge of Haraam food items being marketed as
"Halal" is a clear indication of this.
The grave nature
of this problem and the level of caution that should be exercised
in this regard can be clearly understood from the following Hadith
where the Prophet (SAW) said, "It is better for you to consume
sand rather than eating anything Haraam" (Ahmed).
It is narrated
in another Hadith, "That flesh which has grown out of Haraam
food will not enter Jannah. Hell has more right to it" (Ahmad,Tirmithi).
A brief perusal
of the lives of our pious predecessors cannot help but fill one
with a sense of awe over the overwhelming extent to which they exercised
caution with regard to their food. They understood the great effect
that Halal food had on spiritual development and the implications
of the warnings sounded out by the Shari'ah for carelessness in
What is greatly disheartening is the number of bogus 'Halal' signs
floating around and the number of unscrupulous organizations who
for the sake of monetary benefit are compromising the Muslim masses.
Muslims have repeatedly been warned, but it sadly appears that to
a large extent the warnings are falling on deaf ears.
HALAL AND YOU
When we reflect
over the magnitude of the problems it appears as if we are caught
in a trap from which there is no escape. However the problem is
simple, should we get things in the correct perspective. Of utmost
importance is the realization that the duty is upon us to ensure
the purity of our food.
We cannot blindly
rely upon some 'Halal' sign or Arabic writing on the packing of
an article. Sweets, canned food, etc. should not be consumed without
at least a brief perusal of the ingredients. When we have doubt
over some item, we should first clarify the matter with the Ulama.
Let us realize that exercising caution is not a burden on ourselves
but an act of Ibaadat and will in fact take us closer to Allah (SWT).
The Prophet SAW) said, 'Abstention from doubtful things is the best
of Deen" (Tabraani: Bazzaar).
Very often we
will be tested by Allah (SWT): the item which has no doubt in it
maybe more expensive as in the case of the local meat when compared
to the imported one, etc. Here our steadfastness will bring us immense
reward from Allah (SWT). We must reiterate our call to our Muslim
sisters and brothers to be careful.
please be careful, and in matters of doubt PLEASE abstain. May Allah
Ta'ala give every one of us the Taufeeq ameen.
And your Lord
inspired the bee, saying: "Take you habitations in the mountains
and in the trees and in what they erect. "Then, eat of all
fruits, and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)."
There comes forth from their bellies, a drink of varying colour
wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for
people who think.
or Al-Qitâl 47:15
of Paradise which the Muttaqûn (pious - see V.2:2) have been
promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of
which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes;
rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified
honey (clear and pure) therein for them is every kind of fruit;
and forgiveness from their Lord. (Are these) like those who shall
dwell for ever in the Fire, and be given, to drink, boiling water,
so that it cuts up their bowels?
007.065.342 Narrated 'Aisha: Allah's Apostle used to love sweet
edible things and honey.
007.071.584 Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: (The Prophet said), "Healing
is in three things: A gulp of honey, cupping, and branding with
fire (cauterizing)." But I forbid my followers to use (cauterization)
branding with fire." Sahih Al-Bukhari 007.071.588 Narrated
Abu Said Al-Khudri: A man came to the Prophet and said, "My
brother has some abdominal trouble." The Prophet said to him
"Let him drink honey." The man came for the second time
and the Prophet said to him, 'Let him drink honey." He came
for the third time and the Prophet said, "Let him drink honey."
He returned again and said, "I have done that ' The Prophet
then said, "Allah has said the truth, but your brother's abdomen
has told a lie. Let him drink honey." So he made him drink
honey and he was cured.
It is found
that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey
is produced in most of the countries of the world.
well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as a vital medicine
for centuries. Scientists of today also accept honey as a Ram Ban
(very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be
used without any side effects for any kind of diseases.
says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage
as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients also. A famous
magazine named Weekly World News published in Canada dated 17 January,
95 has given a list of diseases that can be cured by Honey and Cinnamon
as researched by western scientists.
one part honey to two parts of luke warm water and add a small teaspoon
of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part
of the body slowly. It is noticed that the pain recedes within a
minute or two.
patients may daily, morning and night take one cup of hot water
with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
If drunk regularly
even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research done at
the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated
their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon. Honey and half
teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within
a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients
were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the
patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis
started walking without pain.
HAIR LOSS: Those
suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive
oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before
bath and keep it for approx. 15 min and then wash the hair. It was
found very effective if kept for 5 mins. also.
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey
in a glass of luke warm water and drink it. It destroys the germs
of the bladder.
a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of
honey and apply on the aching tooth. This may be done 3 times a
day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder
mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient,
it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2
hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day
any chronic cholesterol is cured.
As per the information
received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves
complains of cholesterol.
suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon
luke warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days.
This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.
Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine
to strengthen the semen of men. If impotent men regularly take two
tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved.
In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive
and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for
centuries. Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon
powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently
throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and
enters the body. A couple in Maryland, America had no children for
14 years and had left hope of having a child of their own. When
told about this process husband and wife started taking honey and
cinnamon as stated above, the wife conceived after a few months
and had twins at full term.
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomachache and also clears
stomach ulcers from the root.
to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if
honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread or chappati
instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It
reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from
heart attack. Also those who have already had an attack, if they
do this process daily, are kept miles away from the next attack.
Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens
the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have
treated patients successfully and have found that due to the increasing
age the arteries and veins which lose their flexibility and get
clogged are revitalized.
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system
and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists
have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts.
Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to
fight bacteria and viral diseases.
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before
food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient
which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests
the ravages of old age. Take 4 spoons of honey, 1spoon of cinnamon
powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4
cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests
old age. Life span also increases and even if a person is 100 years
old, starts performing the chores of a 20 year old.
tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste.
Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next
morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes
pimples from the root.
Eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections are cured by applying
honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.
Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach
and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled
in one cup water. If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even
the most obese person. Also drinking of this mixture regularly does
not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person
may eat a high calorie diet.
research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer
of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients
suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon
of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times
studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful
than detrimental to the body strength. Senior citizens who take
honey and cinnamon power in equal parts are more alert and flexible.
Dr.Milton who has done research says that half tablespoon honey
taken in one glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder,
taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m.
when the vitality of the body starts decreasing, increases the vitality
of the body within a week.
People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with
one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water. So
their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal
parts restores hearing.
PORK IS SIN
from pork eating is in adherence to the Qur'anic Law which states:
"Forbidden to you for (food) are: dead meat, blood and the
flesh of the swine and that which hath been invoked the name other
than Allah." Holy Qur'an 5:4
is also found in the Bible: " The pig also because it is a
splitter of the hoof but there is no cud. It is unclean for you.
None of their flesh must you eat and carcass you must not touch.
" Deuteronomy 14:8 (Bible)
Islam (an Arabic
word which means submission to the will of the Almighty God) has
laid down the foundation for the best approach in keeping good health.
In the Holy Qur'an (The Last Testament ) God exhorts the believers
to select the best food and to stay away from any harmful food to
maintain good health: " Let him find out which is the best
food (to be had) ... Eat of the best foods We have provided for
you . " ( Holy Qur'an 18:19;7:160 )
The main purpose
of a True Religion must be to build an ideal community in this world
; a religion that promotes moral, political and economic well; social
harmony and peace, as well as good health of its believers or followers.
Health means the physical and mental well-being and freedom from
diseases and pain.There are several passages in the Bible, articulating
that because of sin (a transgression of the law of God) God afflicted
human beings with maladies (Ps.103:3;Exodus 15:26 and Psalms 107:16-20).
Islamic instructions and teachings espousing health consciousness
have scriptural and scientific support
OF THE PROHIBITION Abstention from eating pork is a measure to safeguard
health. Of all the domestic animals, pig is the most avaricious,
eating anything including human excreta. It is the cradle of harmful
germs and parasites. Its meat is carrier of diseases to man, thus
making it unfit for human consumption.
All types of
animals are lawful to be eaten whether those living on land or in
the water except those animals specifically forbidden in the Holy
Writings revealed by the Almighty Creator and the sayings of the
Prophet with clear and well defined injunctions. Pig belong to the
forbidden animals, and not allowed to be eaten by the believers.
Pig eats almost anything dirty and they are very lazy animals. It
is the most avaricious of all domestic animals. Amongst all animals,
pig is the cradle of harmful germs. It's meat serves as carrier
of diseases to mankind. It is this very reason that made it unfit
for human consumption consumption
lists show germs or parasites that are found in pork and some diseases
caused by them. Many of these diseases are contagious while some
are proven fatal.This proves that the more science advances the
more Islam is shown correct as a religion of God.
SPIRATIS ( Trichina worms )
It is the most
dangerous parasite to man ( Rheumatism and muscular pain). The infected
persons shown no symptoms, recover very slowly some die, some reduced
to permanent invalids. No one is immune from this disease and there
is no cure.
b) TAENIA SOLIUM
( Pork tape worm )
The worm causes
malnourishment of the person leading to amenia, diarrhoea, extreme
depression melancholia and digestive disturbances. Cysticercosis
means that larva enter the blood stream then settle down in one
or more of the vital organs of the body, for example: brain, liver,
lungs or spinal cord. They grow and encapsulate, inducing pressure
to the system around, resulting in dangerous diseases (diarrhoea,
digestive disorder, amenia, chronic invalidation).
c) ROUND WORMS
which may lead to digestive disturbances, appendicitis, obstructive
d) HOOK WORMS
which may lead to amenia, oedema, heart failure or retarded growth
( mental and physical), tuberculosis, diarrhoea and typhoid.
and other syndromes. If ova are settled in the brain or spinal cord,
paralysis and death may occur.
leading to bleeding of the lungs ( endenve haemoptysis)
leading to persistent diarrhoea; generalized oedema.
jaundice, liver enlargement.
abscess of the lungs.
and digestive disorders.
dysentery and general weakness
necrofurus: causing foot-rot which is very difficult to heal.
Cholera suis: causing cholera
Acute, sub acute and chronic. It may lead to permanent disabilities.
6. Swine Erysipelas:
causing Erypelas in man.
1. Small pox:
is was a source of infection to man.
B-encepphalitis: It is the source of infection
foot mouth disease, gastroenteritis of the new born babies.
: Toxo plasma goundii- It is a very dangerous diseases. A new born
baby of an infected woman may die within few days or weeks after
delivery. But if he survives he may develop blindness or deafness.
In adult chronic exhaustive fever with enlarged liver and spleen
may occur. Pneumonia, or celebro- spinal meningitis which may lead
to death or madness. The patient may become blind and deaf too.
Fats In Pigs:
more fats than other meats. Therefore, people who are fond of pork
are more obese than others. Cholesterol is higher in their blood
thus making them more prone to asthereosclerosis cardiovascular
accidents and sudden death.
Flesh of the
pork is hard to digest and may lead to chronic digestive disturbances.
Pimples, boils, cysts are common in pork eaters. These are some
of the parasites and diseases found in pork and/ or the skin of
pigs and certainly there are many more. There is still no means
of killing these parasites, in the tissues, neither has anyone found
a method of expelling them, even produced any specific treatment
for the diseases.
OF THE PROHIBITION
The Jews and
the different Christian sects and denominations believe in the Old
Testament. Adherents of other religions alleged that the prohibition
was already superseded by the New Testament. This cogent argumentation
is inconclusive. No one can specifically point out that Jesus Christ
(PBUH) lifted the prohibition. On the contrary, he upheld it he
declared: " Think not that I have come to abolish the law and
the prophets: I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them."
(Matthew 5:17 RSV)
(PBUH) was obviously referring to the existing Law of his time ,
the Mosaic Law !- in which the Law prohibiting pig as article of
food is mentioned. (Leviticus 11:7-11)
" As for
any beast that is a splitter of the hoof but is not a former of
the cleft and not a chewer of the cud, they are unclean for you.
Everyone touching them will be unclean. " Leviticus 11:26
the book of Prophet Isaiah said: " Who sit in tombs, and spend
the night in secret places who eats swine's flesh and broth of abominable
things is in their vessels;... These are a smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all the day. " ( Isaiah 65:4,5b RSV)
The New Testament
Biblical injunction prohibiting pork as food, still people of other
religious persuasions insist on finding ways and reasons to justify
their consumption of prohibited animals arguing that said Biblical
prohibition was already superseded in the New Testament when in
certainly, no one can specifically point out that Jesus Christ (PBUH)
indeed lifted the prohibition. On the contrary, Jesus (PBUH) declared:
" Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill them. " ( Matthew
5:17 ) The fact is, we will find in Mark 5:1-20 that Jesus (PBUH)
even permitted the foul spirits (evil spirits) possessing a man
to enter into the herb of swine. Since the flesh of pig is unlawful
for the Jews, to eat and since it is considered unclean, (Leviticus
11:7-8) consequently, the Jews are not to keep or raise them. This
Biblical account states that Jesus (PBUH) punished the owners of
the swine; destroyed their unlawful livelihood and at the same time
showed that pig is the habitat of unclean spirits.
THE DIVINE LAW
submission to the will and command of God " and a person who
embraced this religion is called " Muslim " which means
" one who accepts and submits himself to the will of God. A
Muslim is obliged to be clean both spiritually, mentally and physically.
Abstention from eating flesh of swine is one of the obligation a
Muslim must observe to attain purity of the soul and of the human
nature. The believers in Islam, sincerely believe in the Holy Qur'an
as the Word of God, revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which says:
" Allah has forbidden you only what dies of itself and blood
and the flesh of swine and that over which any other name than that
of Allah has been invoked; but whoever is driven to (it), not desiring
nor exceeding the limit, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
" ( 16:115 )
We should bear
in our mind that the abstention from eating pork by the Muslims
is based on hygienic grounds and of the cultivation of purity of
character. Pork is not poisonous as to kill people right on the
spot but latent. It will destroys slowly. It is certainly not as
nourishing as any other meat and it causes prolonged sufferings.
Pondering on the wisdom of this saying: "Health is wealth "
will lead you to better living and prosperity. The last Prophet
Muhammad (SAW) said: " There are two blessing which many people
lose: health and the free time for doing good ...The stronger believer
(in health) is more blessed and more beloved to Allah than the weak
It is not required
of the believer to always find a scientific justification for the
divine prohibitions. However, if they look and find it, they must
share the information, that will increase their faith. To the contrary,
lack of confirmation should not question the authenticity of the
Qur'an. We believe that all Qur'anic statements are true, and if
science has not confirmed some of them yet, it will do so in the
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Milk: The Prophet
SAW) said that milk wipes away heat from the heart just as the finger
wipes away sweat from the brow. It strengthens the back, increases
the brain, augments intelligence, renews vision and drives away
to be the best remedy for diarrhoea when mixed in hot water. It
is the food of foods, drink of drinks and drug of drugs. It is used
for creating appetite, strengthening the stomach, eliminating phlegm,
as a meat preservative, hair conditioner, eye salve and mouthwash.
It is extremely beneficial in the morning in warm water and is also
Olive oil: excellent
treatment for skin and hair, delays old age, treats inflammation
of the stomach
Prophet SAW) said that mushroom is a good cure for the eyes, it
also serves as a form of birth control and arrests paralysis.
Prophet was very fond of grapes, it purifies the blood, provides
vigour and health, strengthens the kidneys and clears the bowels.
Dates: The Prophet
SAW) said that a house without dates has no food, also to be eaten
at the time of childbirth.
Figs: It is
a fruit from paradise and a cure for piles
for fever in a soup form
contains 1000 blessings and 1000 mercies, The prophet SAW said "None
of your women who are pregnant and eat of water melon will fail
to produce off spring who are good in countenance and good in character.
The Prophet SAW) said it cleanse you of Satan and evil aspirations
for 40 days.
Water: The Prophet
SAW) said the best drink in this world and the next is H20 (water),
when you are thirsty drink it by sips and not gulps, gulping produces
sickness of the liver.
In the Holy
Qur'an, Allah commands Muslims and all of mankind to eat of the
O mankind! Eat
of that which is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and follow not
the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (2:168)
O ye who believe!
Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and render
thanks to Allah if it is (indeed) He Whom ye worship. (2:172)
Eat of that
which Allah hath bestowed on you as food lawful and good, and keep
your duty to Allah in Whom ye are believers. (5:88)
Halal: The Arabic
word Halal means lawful.
products are definitely Halal:
1. Milk (from
cows, sheep, camels, and goats)
4. Plants which
are not intoxicant
5. Fresh or
naturally frozen vegetables
6. Fresh or
7. Legumes and
nuts like peanuts, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, walnuts, etc.
8. Grains such
as wheat, rice, rye, barley, oat, etc.
such as cows, sheep, goats, deer, moose, chickens, ducks, game birds,
etc., are also Halal, but they must be Zabihah (slaughtered according
to Islamic Rites) in order to be suitable for consumption. The procedure
is as follows:. The animal should be put down on the ground (or
held it if it is small) and its throat should be slit with a very
sharp knife to make sure that the 3 main blood vessels are cut.
While cutting the throat of the animal (without severing it), the
person must pronounce the name of Allah or recite a blessing which
contains the name of Allah, such as "Bismillah Allah-u-Akbar".
Arabic word Haraam means unlawful.
items have been categorically spelled out as being Haraam by jurists
in light of the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad
4. Almost all
reptiles and insects
5. The bodies
of dead animals
6. Halal animals
which are not slaughtered according to the Islamic Law.
7. Wine, Ethyl
Alcohol, and Spirits.
The above mentioned
items are Haraam and should be avoided by all Muslims.
The following ingredients should be avoided by all Muslims:
1. Alcohol (Ethanol,
Ethyl Alcohol): Alcohol is a colourless liquid, produced by the
fermentation of sugar or starch, that is the intoxicating agent
in fermented drinks and is used as a solvent. Also called ethanol
and ethyl alcohol.
2. Animal Shortening:
Shortening is a type of fat such as lard that is solid at room temperature,
and is used for making pastry.
3. Bacon: Meat
from the back and sides of a hog that has been salted, dried, and
Microbial Enzymes are okay A protein substance produced in living
cells, that influences a chemical reaction within a plant or animal
without being changed itself; an organic catalyst. Enzymes help
break down food so that it can be digested. Pepsin is an enzyme.
Alcohol is a colourless liquid, produced by the fermentation of
sugar or starch, that is the intoxicating agent in fermented drinks
and is used as a solvent. Also called ethanol and ethyl alcohol.
6. Ethyl alcohol:
Alcohol is a colourless liquid, produced by the fermentation of
sugar or starch, that is the intoxicating agent in fermented drinks
and is used as a solvent. Also called ethanol and ethyl alcohol.
An odourless, tasteless, protein substance like glue or jelly, obtained
by boiling the bones, hoofs, and other waste parts of animals. It
dissolves easily in hot water and is used in making jellied salads
and desserts, camera film, and glue.
8. Gin: A strong
colourless alcoholic drink distilled from grain and flavoured with
9. Ham: Meat
cut from the thigh of the hind leg of a hog after curing by salting
10. Lard: The
fat of pigs or hogs, melted down and made clear. Lard is made especially
of the internal fat of the abdomen and is used in cooking.
11. Rum: An
alcoholic liquor made from sugar cane or molasses. It can be clear
but is usually coloured brownish-red by storage in oak casks or
by the addition of caramel.
1. Alcohol fermented
from grapes: an alcoholic drink made by fermenting the juice of
2. Alcohol fermented
from other fruit: an alcoholic drink made by fermenting the juice
of fruit other than grapes, or the juice of other plants
A hard fatty substance extracted from the fat of sheep and cattle.
Extract/Flavour: A flavouring extract made from the vanilla bean
and used in candy, ice cream, and perfumes. The flavour extracted
from vanilla beans is most commonly dissolved in alcohol. Documentation
from a distributor of vanilla extract showed that the ingredient
contained 50% alcohol.