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Fatwa ID: 1003
Title: Types of Halal and Haram food
Category: Issues of Muslim Minorities
Scholar: Dr. Hatem al-Haj
Date: 12/07/2005


Assalamo Alaikom

I want to know how can a Muslim living in a non Muslim country tell what kind of foods that he can eat??

Jazakom Allah Khairan


All praise be to Allah, and may his peace and blessings be on the last and best prophet and messenger, Muhammad.


May Allah reward you for wanting to ensure the wholesomeness of what you eat, which is a sign of Iman.


The things forbidden for us are:

  • Pork and its products
  • Animals that have canine teeth and birds with claws
  • Animals killed not slaughtered
  • Animals slaughtered by other than Muslim Jew or Christian
  • Animals upon whose slaughter the name of other than Allah was mentioned (yet, you don`t need to verify what was mentioned)
  • Blood and its byproducts
  • Wine and all intoxicants


Thus, we can eat:

All vegetables and vegetarian foods

All see food


As for meets of cattle goats and chickens,

There is a controversy regarding eating the regular grocery store meets. I choose for you to avoid it and eat only certified halal meet.


As for the ingredients, we should look for and avoid:


Porcine … (related to pork)

Animal shortening/fat


Gelatin & Glycerin


If you want to be extra careful, you may refer to one of the websites that detail the acceptable and unacceptable ingredients, even though I think you will be safe if you just avoided the things mentioned here above.


Allah knows best.