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Main food beliefs
Eating in restaurants
Feasting and fasting
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ingredients are forbidden?
- Pork, lard or any porcine substance
- Gelatine from animal source which is not
- Meat that is not slaughtered in the prescribed
- Meat coming from a lawful animal which died
- Blood (direct or indirect)
- Any food or drink with alcohol in it (all
intoxicant and hazardous drinks)
- Any human substance or part
- All carnivorous animals and birds of prey
- Some non halal additives (E numbers like E120,
E441, E542 etc)
are the main laws or beliefs relating to food?
Eating is a matter of faith in Islam.
Muslim dietary practise is fundamentally about
obeying God. All practising Muslim believers obey
God Almighty by eating the allowed foods (halal)
and avoiding the forbidden foods (haram) which
are mentioned in the Qur’an and in the sayings
of the final prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The following are a list of Muslim dietary practises.
Muslims follow these because it is God’s
word in the Qur’an. The health benefits
(which are now apparent with the development of
science) of the Muslim diet merely qualify the
wisdom of God’s word and shed light on God’s
benevolence. It is God’s commandments that
are crucial; the health benefits are secondary.
Recite the name of God
(Allah) before eating and thank God after finishing.
It is a good thing to eat by the right hand and
in company. Muslims must pronounce the name of
Allah on all animals while slaughtering.
Think and contemplate
in every item of food you eat by remembering God
the creator the Designer, The Organiser and the
Provider. A prayer-like state may be achieved
in this way.
It is important to eat
only when you are hungry. When you do eat, you
should not eat in excess. As advised by the Prophet,
one should divide his / her stomach into 3 parts
- a third each for food, fluid, and respiration.
Remember the hungry when you eat. One could avoid
going to hell by feeding a hungry dying person
Halal pure healthy meat,
chicken, fish, milk, olive oil and honey are highly
recommended in Islam
there a link with vegetarianism?
All types of fruit and vegetable (when
grown naturally and not genetically modified) are
recommended to consume in Islam. Grapes, dates,
figs, pomegranate, pulse and cereal are also commended.
Honey and olive oil are prescribed as medicinal.
Having said all this, the Prophet said “the
master of all foods is the meat” Meat is
a highly nutritious diet, as doctors testify.
There is no prohibition to be vegetarian in Islam,
but any practising Muslim will come across meat
on many Islamic occasions when meat is provided.
For example, the sacrifice of sheep and distribution
to the poor at the end of Hajj (pilgrimage). It
should also be noted that it is not obligatory
to eat meat in Islam.
general, will people of this faith eat in a food
outlet that serves food or drink that does not
conform to their beliefs?
It is very discouraged in Islam to eat in a restaurant
which serves forbidden food and alcohol or to
buy anything from it. Sitting at a table where
alcohol is served is forbidden too. Restaurants
with smokers are to be avoided too (this is the
result of a new fatwa that states smoking is haram).
and why do people of this faith feast and fast?
Feast days (dates vary according to the lunar
calendar) include Eid al-Fitr (after finishing
the fasting months of Ramadan), Eid al-Udha, and
Maulud n'Nabi (the birthday of the Prophet Mohummmad
– some Muslims do not celebrate this).
Fasting is considered
an opportunity to earn the approval of Allah,
to wipe out previous sins, and to understand the
suffering of the poor. Fasting is also partly
to be in control of appetite and to avoid food
addiction. It is the fourth ritual observance
in the Five Pillars of Islam.
Fasting includes abstention
from all food and drink from dawn to sunset. Voluntary
fasting is common on Mondays and Thursdays (it
is undesirable to fast on certain days of the
months and on Fridays). Ramadan, the ninth month
of the Muslim calendar, is a mandatory fasting
period that commemorates the period when the Qur'an
was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. During
Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink (and
sex) from before the break of dawn until sunset.
Muslims are encouraged to fast 6 days during the
month of Shawwal (the month after Ramadan), on
the 10th day of Muharram (the first month in the
Islamic calendar), and on the 9th day of Zul Hijjah
(the month of Hajj - pilgrimage).
to websites with further information:
you have any question about the dietary practises
or beliefs in this faith, you may contact
Dr A. Majid Katme
31 North Circular Road
Tel num: 07944240622
by Dr A. Majid katme
Dr A. Majid Katme is a qualified medical
doctor, with a MBBCh, DPM (London). He is a Muslim
spokesman on Halal meat and food, and spokesman
for the Islamic medical association. Dr Katme
is a radio broadcaster every Friday on an international
Muslim radio station. He works closely with the
Food Standard Agency and many of its departments.
He is also a speaker in medical ethics and the
health value of the teachings in Islam.
Note: Some people who
are Muslims may not observe the dietary laws stated
above. Restrictions even within a particular faith
may change between denominations or branches.
This page is meant as a guide only.