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In a Nutshell: Halal meat is meat that is permissible for Muslims to eat according to Islamic law. In general, all meat is considered halal as long as it is slaughtered and prepared according to Islamic principles.

To be considered halal, the animal must be slaughtered while it is alive and healthy, using a sharp knife. The name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughter, and the animal must not be subjected to unnecessary suffering. The animal's blood must also be drained from its body after slaughter.

In addition, certain animals and animals products are considered haram (forbidden) in Islam and are not considered halal, regardless of how they are slaughtered. These include pork and products made from pork, carnivorous animals, and animals that have been slaughtered in a way that does not comply with Islamic law.

It is important for Muslims to be aware of the source of their meat and to make sure that it is halal, as consuming non-halal meat is considered a sin in Islam. Many Muslims rely on certified halal meat products and businesses to ensure that the meat they are consuming is permissible according to Islamic law.


Here are some verses from the Qur'an and hadith that relate to the principles of halal meat:

Qur'an 2:168: "O you who have believed, do not eat carrion, for it is unlawful for you."

Qur'an 5:3: "Prohibited for you are carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, and what has been slaughtered to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful."

Hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah in Sahih Bukhari: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'Forbidden to you are: carrion, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for other than Allah. And also forbidden is that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death) - and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on stone altars."

Hadith narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar in Sahih Bukhari: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'If the slaughtering knife has touched any part of the animal's head, its meat becomes haram (forbidden) to eat."

These verses and hadith provide guidance on the principles of halal meat in Islam, including the prohibition on consuming carrion (dead animals), blood, pork, and animals slaughtered to other than Allah. They also specify that the animal must be slaughtered humanely, using a sharp knife, and that the name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughter.

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