Food & Nourishment
She is concealing her Islam from her family; can she eat their haram food so that they will not suspect anything?I am secretly Muslim. My mother cooked food in which she put some meat that is not halal, then she put some stuffed vegetables on top of it and cooked it. Currently I am telling my family that I do not like the taste of meat, so that I can avoid eating meat that is not halal. But in the case of this dish, it would seem to my family that there is nothing wrong with it, because the meat is on the bottom and the vegetables are on top, and they eat all the meat. Of course the non-halal meat is mixed with these vegetables, hence Islamically, as far as I know, it is not permissible to eat it. Now my mother has asked me more than once why I am not eating it, and I am afraid that she will begin to suspect something. She is the type that quickly notices things and is very suspicious. In the past, I tried as much as possible to avoid this, but sometimes I eat to ward off their suspicion, then I repent and pray for forgiveness. Now, when I try to be firm about not eating it, I am afraid that my mother has started to be suspicious. In this situation, can I eat a little of these stuffed vegetables, to ward off what I fear of my mother’s suspicion, in this case or in other cases?
Ruling on drinking broth made from the bones of dead animalsIs drinking Bone Broth made from the bones of an animal that was not slaughtered according to Shari'a (non halal meat) halal or haram?
Ruling on sprinkling vinegar on unripe dates to make them turn ripeWhat is the ruling on sprinkling vinegar on unripe red dates when they are still on the tree, in order to hasten their ripening and to reduce the costs that result from any delay? Please note that if the unripe dates are left as they are, it will take a longer time for them to mature and riipen, and the farmer will have to harvest them more than once, which will increase the cost of harvesting.
What is the ruling on consuming fruit that is coated with shellac wax and carmine that are extracted from insects?The scholars say that shellac wax, and carmine which is used as a red food colouring, are najis (impure), but if what is derived from insects is najis, then honey should be haraam too, shouldn’t it? If we assume that shellac wax is haraam, and it is used in most cases to coat fruit, but the Brazilian carnauba wax is also used widely to coat fruit, then when I buy fruit I do not know which type of coating it is. Is it permissible for me to assume that it is taahir (pure), noting that this plant (carnauba) is used commercially on a wide scale for coating fruit? In fact, what makes my problem more confusing is the fact that in some cases, alcohol is used to dilute shellac, and you can see traces of the insect on the fruit. Is it sufficient to check the fruit to see if there are any pieces of insect bodies on it? What is the ruling on fruits or vegetables that are coated with wax and can only be washed (scrubbed) by hand? We are sure that the wax that is used is lac gum (shellac).
Ruling on taking tocopherol (vitamin E)What is the ruling on using products containing tocopherol or other things connected to vitamin E? In other words, is vitamin E an intoxicant that takes away one’s reasoning?
Ruling on pests that get into foodSome ants get into my powder juice and i dont know to how much extent they are spread. I think they are dead. I want know that if insects like ants, housefly, mosquitoes, etc falls or get into foods or drink dead or alive, can we eat or drink that food or do i need to separate them from food before eating or drinking?
Ruling on plant-based meatSo there is a type of meat called plant based meat which is said to be completely based of plants and are vegetarian. But the question is; is plant based meat halal?
When does honey ferment, and how can we tell that it has fermented?Honey may ferment over time, so how does a muslim know when it is permissible and not permissible to consume ?
Ruling on taking food from open buffets in hotels to one’s room or outsideI did not know that taking food from the breakfast buffet is not permissible, such as a small packet of Nutella that I took for my children when I went back home. I sent the hotel an email asking them about the hotel policy, and if the hotel policy does not allow that, I could send them some money, because the hotel is in another country, but they have not replied to me until now. If they do not reply to me within a short period, can I give the value of that in charity on their behalf, and will I have discharged my duty by doing so? On another occasion, we were in a hotel and I had my children with me, but they did not come to breakfast because they were sleeping, so I took some croissants to them so that they could eat them for breakfast. Is that permissible or not, noting that they were registered for breakfast, but they did not come to the dining room?
Is it obligatory to eat only organic meat?I hope that you can explain the ruling on eating organic meat. Is it obligatory or mustahabb to prefer it over other kinds of meat, because it is better for the Muslims than eating other meat?
Ruling on eating cheese made by Magians (Zoroastrians)What do the scholars say about the soundness of these mawqoof hadiths that were narrated by Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah? Abu Bakr told us: Jareer told us, from Mugheerah, from Abu Waa’il and Ibraaheem, who said: When the Muslims came, they got some food from the Magians, their cheese and bread, and they ate and did not ask about that. The cheese was described to ‘Umar, and he said: Mention the name of Allah over it and eat it. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130). Abu Bakr told us: Abu Mu‘aawiyah told us, from al-A‘mash, from Shaqeeq, from ‘Amr ibn Shurahbeel, who said: We mentioned cheese in the presence of ‘Umar, and we told him that it was made with rennet of animals that died of natural causes, and he said: Mention the name of Allah over it and eat it. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130). Abu Bakr told us: Wakee‘ told us, from Sufyaan, from Jahsh, from Mu‘aawiyah ibn Qurrah, from al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali that he was asked about cheese and said: There is nothing wrong with it, mention the name of Allah over it as you are cutting it, and eat. Narrated by Ibn Abi Shaybah (5/130).
Ruling on eating the larvae of beesIs it permissible to eat the larvae of bees?
Ruling on drinking coffee extracted from the faeces of civet catsMy husband brought me some coffee called civet coffee (kopi luwak), which is extracted from the faeces of the civet cat, which feeds on coffee bushes. After it defecates, they take its faeces, clean them, grind the coffee beans and sell them as the most expensive type of coffee in the world. I did not know about this process until after I had drunk this coffee twice. I hope that you can explain the ruling on this coffee – is it halaal or haraam? If it is haraam, what should I do?
What is the ruling on eating processed meat?What is the Islamic ruling on eating processed meat?
Chicken-flavoured potato chips – is it permissible to eat them in western countries?Is eating chips that contain chicken flavouring halaal or haraam? Please note that I am in France, which means that the chips are a French product, and so is the chicken.
What is the ruling on eating raw meat?Is it permissible to eat raw meat?
Halaal food mixed with haraamAsalamu Alaikum, , by Allah's (swt) Grace and Mercy I have recently begun practicing Islam, may Allah bless you for establishing a light on the Internet when there is so much darkness and evil present on it. I am a little confused about what foods are haram/halal. What to do when 'people of the book' offer meat (besides pork) to us? Also, I have heard that certain ingredients in food may be derived from animals, such as mono- and diglycerides, lecithin, gelatin, etc. Are these permissible to eat? As well, I have heard certain chocolate bars have trace amounts of alcohol in them. But they are so small that there is no way of being even slightly intoxicated from them. Please clarify these issues, Allah-willing. Jazak-Allah
Eating Food Cooked with AlcoholIs it permissible to eat dishes cooked with alcohol? It is well-known that alcohol evaporates with heat.
Use of pig byproductsWhat is the ruling regarding using soap products (ex. hand and bath soaps) that contain pig (khanzeer) by-products or some of the ingredients in the soap originate from pigs.
Circumcision of infant boysIs it permissible to circumcise a baby boy before the age of seven days, especially when this is the practice in some hospitals? Someone told me that it is haraam (forbidden) to do this before seven days and makrooh (disliked) after that time.