don’t toy with the word ‘makruh’ to make yourself feel good

Q: Assalam alaikum
My question is reguarding meats. I have been told its mearly makruh to eat non zabiha slaughtered animals and its not a sin to eat from such places (meat or chicken) from mcdonalds or burgerking as long as you don’t eat pork. Please clarify for me weather or not eating such meats is haraam, halal, makruh etc. Jazakallah khair

Time: Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

If ‘non zabiha’ is defined as eating meats that are not slaughtered in the name of Allah (SWT) by a muslim , then in such a situation the meat would be forbidden for (Muslim) consumption.

Allah certainly Knows Best.


2 responses to “don’t toy with the word ‘makruh’ to make yourself feel good

  1. As-salaam-alaikum. It seems that people who are telling you that it is okay to eat from McDonalds, BurgerKing, etc. are just doing so to ease their conscious. It is written that we must eat halal, blessed meat in the name of Allah (swt) or most referred to as Zabiha meat. Others are speaking of halal versus haram. Haram are absolutely forbidden to us, like pork, animals with web feet (duck), and there is a list of those like tiger and such. So, often people think that if it is not listed as HARAM then it is okay to eat. But, if you have a means to get zabiha meat then you must eat zabiha meat which is not found in American restuarants or take out. If you have a means to slaughter yourself and then you must eat zabiha. Many people use the convenience of getting meat to be an excuse not to eat zabiha. But, just because it is not at your local grocery does not mean that it is excused not to eat if you have to go aways to get it. Now Makruh refers to not preferred, such as shrimp, I think because you still have to clean its waste and it does not discharge it but, it is Makruh and not forbidden or haram because you can clean it before eating it, I suppose? Do not let others teach you Islam, even what I am stating should not be taken for truth, ask Imam, he will refer you to the source. Islam encourages you to seek knowledge yourself and no one can dictate our faith to you. Jazakullah Khair

  2. “Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah, and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience. This day those who disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” – (Qur’an 5,3)