Consuming Halal is an order of Allah ﷻ and an essential part of Islam. Allah ﷻ has repeatedly emphasized the consumption of Halal in the Qur’an.
- “O Messengers, eat from the pure foods and act righteously” [Chapter 23, Verse 51]
- “O you who believe, eat of the good things We have provided to you and be grateful to Allah, if it is He whom you worship.” [Chapter 2, Verse 172]
- “O people! Eat of the lawful and pure things in the earth…” [Chapter 2, Verse 168]
- “So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah’s name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” [Chapter 6, Verse 118]
- “Do not eat that (meat) over which the name of Allah ﷻ has not been pronounced. This is surely a sin.” [Chapter 6, Verse 121]
Muslims should be cognizant about the dietary laws of Islam and adhere to them. Consuming that which is unlawful is displeasing to Allah ﷻ and can be a hindrance towards the acceptance of Du’ā and admittance into Paradise as proposed in the following Aḥādīth:
- Abu Hurairah (رضي الله عنه) relayed that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “O people! Allah is Pure and, therefore, accepts only that which is pure. Allah has commanded the believers as He has commanded His Messengers by saying: ‘O Messengers! Eat of the good things, and do good deeds.’ (23:51) And He said: ‘O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you…”‘ (2:172). Then he (ﷺ) made a mention of the person who travels for a long period of time, his hair are disheveled and covered with dust. He lifts his hand towards the sky and thus makes the supplication: ‘My Rabb! My Rabb!’ But his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothes are unlawful and his nourishment is unlawful, how can, then his supplication be accepted?” [Muslim]
- S’ad (رضي الله عنه) relayed that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “O S’ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one who’s supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad ﷺ lies, verily a servant (of Allah ﷻ) tosses a Harām morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days.” (Tabarani)
- Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) narrated that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “That body will not enter Paradise which has been nourished with Harām.” (Bayhaqi)
- Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah relayed that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “A body nourished with Harām will not enter Jannah.” (Tirmidhi)
- Jabir (رضي الله عنه) reported that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “That flesh will not enter Paradise which has grown from Harām, and all that flesh which has grown from Haram, the fire (of hell) is more worthy of it.” (Ahmed, Darimi, Baihaqi)
- Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) reported that The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “A time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother with what he consumes; whether from Halal source or Harām.” (Bukhari)
As evidenced above, it is crucial for Muslims to ensure that the food they consume meets a rigorous standard of Halal.