Halal is an Arabic word which means permissible or lawful. In the Holy Quran, God commands Muslims and all of mankind to eat of the Halal things - "O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome, and follow not the footsteps of the devil.  Lo! he is an avowed enemy of you." (2:168)
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Categories of Haram (Prohibited) Food and Drinks

Categories of Haram (Prohibited) Food and Drinks

Haram is the opposite of Halal. Haram food has the opposite definition of Halal food. In short, Haram food or drinks are not allowed to be consumed.

Haram Can Become Halal

In case of necessity, Muslims are allowed to consume Haram food and drinks such as pork, dead animals and wine as the Shari'ah rule states "Necessity dictates exceptions". This rule is backed by the Quranic verses:

"O you who believe eat of the good things that We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if its him you worship. He has only forbidden you dead meat and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which any other name has been invoked besides that of Allah, but if one is forced by necessity without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits then is he guiltless for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful" [Al-Baqarah (2), verse 172-173].

What are haram food and drinks?

Haram food or drinks are determined by one or more of the following factors:

Prohibited by a clear legal evidence,

Contain unlawful or filthy elements,

Unclean and impure,

Harmful to human body and health,

Animals not slaughtered in the Islamic manner,

Animals dedicated to someone other than Allah,

Four categories of food and drinks prohibited in Islam :

1. Prohibited By Itself

- This category comprises any food and drink prohibited by a clear text from the Quran.

2. Prohibited Due To External Factors

- Any food or drinks which are basically Halal but transformed into Haram due to one of the Haram determining factors thereby making them prohibited.

3. Prohibited Due To Harmfulness

- Any food or drinks that harm human body or health.

4. Prohibited Due To Impurity And Filthiness

- Any food or drinks that are not clean and pure are Haram. The goodness and wholesomeness of food and drinks are deteriorated by filth and impurity thus making them Haram.

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