Question : If we attend a wedding reception held by Christian friend, and they serve separate halal food, is it permissible for us to dine there and consume what they claim to the halal food, while we also know that the food was cooked by Christians who may not know the Islamic dietary laws?
Answer : If the food does not contain meat then one can consume it if he does not know that it is najis. If the food contains meat then it must be confirmed that it is slaughtered in accordance to the Sharia, in addition to not knowing that the food is najis. Confirmation of it being slaughtered in accordance to the sharia can be by knowing so himself or by a Muslim who one expects to say the truth informing him of this, or if the provider of the food claims that he obtained it from a Muslim as being slaughtered in accordance to the Sharia. The provider of the food can be non-Muslim who one does not expect to lie.
Question : Artificial Crab is used in sushi food; is it halal to eat?
Answer : If the fish that is used in the making of such products is halal, it is permissible to consume such a product. If it is not then it is not permissible to consume it.
Question : Is grape jam najis?
Answer : If the juice in the grape is boiled in the process of making the jam, then based on an obligatory precaution one should avoid consuming it. If the said juice does not boil in the said process, then it is permissible to consume the jam. However, it is considered tahir in both cases.
Question : Is it true that eating cheese without nuts is undesirable (makruh)?
Answer : It is has been reported that eating cheese with walnut is recommended.
Question : If one is buying spawn of fish which have scales, is it obligatory to know how the fish was caught (dead or alive)?
Answer : It is a condition in the permissibility of consuming the eggs of the fish that it is taken from the water alive. If purchasing the spawn is not for the purpose of eating them, then it is permissible to do so even if the fish was not taken from the water alive.
Question : If I am sitting in a place in the cafe and a person is sitting with me with wine or beer. It is permissible to go away from the particular place because he has an alcoholic drink?
Answer : You should not use same dining table with a person drinking alcohol. If you and that person are dining separately â€“ e.g. you are both using separate trays â€“ but using the same table or happening to be in the same place, then it is not obligatory to avoid the table.
Question : Are we allowed to eat parts of the cow such as the tongue, lungs, heart, liver, brain?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible to eat all of the said parts.
Question : Is it permissible to eat meat that is slightly or moderately burned or charred, such as when it is barbequed and becomes black?
Answer : It is permissible.
Question : If a person does not eat meat for forty days or more at a time intentionally, when lawful meat is available to him, is this considered as disliked?
Answer : It was reported in various narrations that it is disliked to abandon eating meat for forty days.
Question : Is it permissible to eat at western based fast-food chains in Muslim countries?
Answer : If they use meat from non-Muslim countries, then it is not permissible to eat there. If they use meat from Muslim countries, then it is permissible.
Question : Approximately 75 to 82 percent of the population where I live is polytheists. If we buy any food already prepared from shops or elsewhere, there is maximum probability that this food is prepared or touched with hand by a polytheist.
In these kind of countries, is it permissible to eat foods prepared or touched by wet hands of a polytheists?
Answer : If the food contains meat, one must make sure it is slaughtered in accordance to the religion by taking it from a Muslim that deals with it as a Muslim deals with halal meat, before consuming it.
If it does not contain meat, it is permissible to consume it with the probability that the food did not come in contact with a Najis thing. If one knows that it came in contact with a Najis thing like if a polytheist touched it with dampness, then it is not permissible to consume it.
Question : If scientists genetically modify a fish that has no scales originally to produce (give birth to) fish that have scales, will those fish with scales be permissible to eat?
Answer : It is prohibited to consume fish that does not have scales. It is permissible to consume fish that have scales even if they have them through genetic modification.
Question : Is it permissible to consume cannabis as medicine? Some people say that it is less damaging to the body than other pharmaceutical drugs and treatments for certain illnesses.
Answer : It is prohibited to consume an intoxicant as a medicine, unless saving the life of the patient depends on it.
Question : One found out from a reliable source that a brand of meat claiming to be halal is in fact not. He told his mother. She asked another source who claimed otherwise. She is asking him to buy the meat for her. Is it permissible for him to buy such a meat for her?
Answer : If the meat is taken from a Muslim or Muslimsâ€™ market, then one is permitted to sell it and buy it and do so on behalf of others. It is not permissible to buy or sell it if he came to know or two just (Adil) witnessed that the said meat is not slaughtered in accordance to the Sharia. Doubting of some people is not sufficient to consider it as non-Halal meat as long as it is possible to be slaughtered in accordance to the Sharia and it is taken from a Muslim or bought from Muslimsâ€™ market.
Question : Is it permissible to eat colored fish?
Answer : If the fish has scales then it is permissible to consume it.
Question : Is ostrich permissible to consume?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Question : Is it allowed to eat food prepared by a non-Muslim who is not from Ahlul Kitab [for example, a Hindu or a Buddhist]?
Answer : If they touched the food, then it is not permissible to consume it nor is it permissible to consume meat presented by them, unless it was slaughtered according to the Islamic laws, which can be known if the meat is purchased from a Muslim market.
Question : What is the ruling on the following fish?
2. Atlantic herring.
5. European plaice.
6. European flounder.
7. Atlantic mackerel.
8. Brown trout
9. Atlantic salmon
Are they permissible to consume or not?
Answer : All kinds of fish that have scales on the skin, even if they were small, are permissible to consume. If they do not have scales then it is not permissible to consume them.
Question : If we eat food and later realize it was touched by a polytheist and is therefore Najis, are we still going to have the spiritual side-effects of it, or will Almighty Allah relieve us from them as we did not intend to eat something Najis?
Answer : We cannot be certain of such an issue but it is best to ask Almighty Allah to raise such effect as He is All Merciful.
Question : Is pork gelatin lawful to consume?
Answer : It is not permissible to consume pork or anything that is extracted from it.