19. Chose Lawful food & Forbid Unlawful Food

Surah No. 2, Al Baqr, Ayat No. 168 & 172

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ كُلُواْ مِمَّا فِي الأَرْضِ حَلاَلاً طَيِّباً وَلاَ تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَاتِ الشَّيْطَانِ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ

o عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

oيَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُلُواْ مِن طَيِّبَاتِ مَا رَزَقْنَاكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِلّهِ إِن كُنتُمْ إِيَّاهُ تَعْبُدُونَ

Translation :

O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan. In fact, he is your open enemy :

O you who believe ! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you. If you are worshipper of Allah then be grateful to Him.

Surah No. 5, Al Maaeda, part of Ayat No.1

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ أَوْفُواْ بِالْعُقُودِ أُحِلَّتْ لَكُم بَهِيمَةُ الأَنْعَامِ

Translation :

O you who believe! Fulfill (your) obligations. Lawful to you (for food) are all the four footed grazing cattles.

Surah No. 5, Al Maaeda, Ayats No. 87

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تُحَرِّمُواْ طَيِّبَاتِ مَا أَحَلَّ اللّهُ لَكُمْ وَلاَ تَعْتَدُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ

o الْمُعْتَدِينَ

Translation :

O you who believe! Do not forbid the clean and pure things which Allah has made lawful to you, and do not transgress (cross the limit), verily ! Allah does not love transgressors (Who crosses the limits).

Surah No. 6, Al Anaam, Ayats No. 118

o فَكُلُواْ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ اسْمُ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ إِن كُنتُمْ بِآيَاتِهِ مُؤْمِنِينَ

Translation :

Eat that only on which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers in His revelations.

Surah No. 6, Al Anaam, Ayat No. 119

وَمَا لَكُمْ أَلاَّ تَأْكُلُواْ مِمَّا ذُكِرَ اسْمُ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَقَدْ فَصَّلَ لَكُم مَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمْ إِلاَّ مَا

o اضْطُرِرْتُمْ إِلَيْهِ وَإِنَّ كَثِيراً لَّيُضِلُّونَ بِأَهْوَائِهِم بِغَيْرِ عِلْمٍ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُعْتَدِينَ

Translation :

Why should you not eat of that over which the name of Allah has been mentioned, when He has explained to you clearly the things which are forbidden to you ; unless you are compelled there or in necessity. And there are many who led other men astray by their own desires, through lack of knowledge. Certainly your Lord is Best Aware of the transgressors.

Surah No. 5, Al Maaeda, Ayats No. 3 & 4

حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالْدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللّهِ بِهِ وَالْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَالْمَوْقُوذَةُ

وَالْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَالنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَا أَكَلَ السَّبُعُ إِلاَّ مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى النُّصُبِ وَأَن

تَسْتَقْسِمُواْ بِالأَزْلاَمِ ذَلِكُمْ فِسْقٌ الْيَوْمَ يَئِسَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن دِينِكُمْ فَلاَ تَخْشَوْهُمْ

وَاخْشَوْنِ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الإِسْلاَمَ

o دِينًا فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ فِي مَخْمَصَةٍ غَيْرَ مُتَجَانِفٍ لِّإِثْمٍ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

يَسْأَلُونَكَ مَاذَا أُحِلَّ لَهُمْ قُلْ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ وَمَا عَلَّمْتُم مِّنَ الْجَوَارِحِ مُكَلِّبِينَ

تُعَلِّمُونَهُنَّ مِمَّا عَلَّمَكُمُ اللّهُ فَكُلُواْ مِمَّا أَمْسَكْنَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَاذْكُرُواْ اسْمَ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَاتَّقُواْ

o اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

Translation :

Forbidden (Haram) to you are : dead animals and blood and flesh of swine (Pig), and any animal which has been dedicated to other than Allah, and those animal which are strangled, and the dead through beating, and the dead through falling from a height, and that which has been killed by horns of other animals.Those partly eaten by wild beasts - unless you are able to slaughter them before death and that which has been sacrificed to idols. And (it is also forbidden) that which is distributed to seek luck or decision by draws and lots - such as done by gambling and speculations. All these are the things of sins. This day, those who disbelieved have given up hope of your religion; so do not fear them, but fear Me! This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you a religion AL-ISLAM. Whosoever is forced by hunger, with no will to sin: Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

They ask you (O Mohammad) what is lawful to them. Say: (all) pure and good things are allowed to you. The beasts and birds trained by you as hounds, in a manner as directed by Allah, when they catch and injure the animals and leave them for you ; so you eat them which they catch for you and mention Allah's name on it, and fear Allah. Verily ! Allah is swift to take account.

Surah No.6 , Al Anaam , Ayat No. 145

قُل لاَّ أَجِدُ فِي مَا أُوْحِيَ إِلَيَّ مُحَرَّمًا عَلَى طَاعِمٍ يَطْعَمُهُ إِلاَّ أَن يَكُونَ مَيْتَةً أَوْ دَمًا

مَّسْفُوحًا أَوْ لَحْمَ خِنزِيرٍ فَإِنَّهُ رِجْسٌ أَوْ فِسْقًا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللّهِ بِهِ فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ غَيْرَ بَاغٍ

o وَلاَ عَادٍ فَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ

Translation :

Say: I do not find in the order revealed to me, anything prohibited to be eaten by anybody, except it be a dead animal , or running blood, or swine flesh (Pork)-as it is impure. In fact ! it is a sin - if an object, which was immolated to the name of other than Allah. But whosoever is compelled because of hunger and necessity and do not transgress and tries to eat again and again; then certainly your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.

Surah No. 5, Al Maaeda, part of Ayat No. 5

الْيَوْمَ أُحِلَّ لَكُمُ الطَّيِّبَاتُ وَطَعَامُ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَابَ حِلٌّ لَّكُمْ وَطَعَامُكُمْ حِلُّ لَّهُمْ

Translation :

This day good things are made lawful for you. The food of those who have received the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them.


In present circumstances, the Jews and Christians, though they are the possessors of the holy books but they have totally ignored the guidelines and started eating flesh of swine, started drinking alcohol and left the purity. Therefore food of such people should be avoided as there is a 100% possibility of contamination of Pork and Wine in their food articles.