Animals are generally of two types: land animals and aquatic animals. But Which animals are halal? Knowing this answer has become the focus of interest for many people.
Because Islam has made eating animals halal and haram based on the life cycle of animals and their characteristics, some animals are violent. And Some animals are non-violent.
And Some animals are dirty, and some are clean; judging and analyzing all this, the Quran and Hadith have guided which animals are halal.
What is Which animals are halal??
Regarding the definition of halal animal, Islamic scholars say that halal is an Islamic term. This word declares an action or thing lawful for Muslims.
And the addition of the word halal to the word animal means – animals whose meat is lawful for Muslim society to eat.
That is, by eating the meat of this animal, the Muslim people can store energy in their bodies and worship by spending this energy.
Because a person who eats the meat of animals that are forbidden to eat is sinful in the Islamic view, that person’s worship is incomplete. His prayers are not accepted. And he will face accountability hereafter.
Therefore, Islam has attached the word halal to certain animals so that Muslims eat the meat of these animals and conduct their daily lives.
How to identify halal animals
Halal animals are permissible to eat according to Islamic dietary laws. Here are some ways to identify halal animals:
- Cattle, sheep, goats, and certain types of birds (such as chicken, duck, and turkey) are generally considered halal.
- The animal must be slaughtered in the name of Allah, with the words “Bismillah Allahu Akbar” (In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest) pronounced at the time of slaughter.
- The animal must be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter.
- The slaughter must be performed by a Muslim who is of sound mind and body and has been trained in the halal method of slaughter.
- The animal must be killed by cutting the throat with a sharp knife to ensure a swift and painless death.
- The animal’s blood must be drained from its body after slaughter.
- The animal should not be stunned before slaughter, as stunning may cause it to die before being slaughtered.
It’s important to note that halal meat should also be handled and prepared in a halal manner, which includes avoiding contamination with non-halal foods and utensils.
Which animals are fundamentally halal?
Some fundamentally halal animals are permissible to eat unless other relevant reasons exist.
All such animals do not eat prey, such as tigers, vultures, shares etc.
And among peaceful animals, halal animals are cows, goats, sheep, roosters, ducks, etc.
These animals existed in Arab society. The Messenger of Allah – may God bless him and grant him peace – and his Companions used to eat the meat of these animals.
These animals are considered fundamentally haram by Islamic scholars. But these animals will not be halal if relevant reasons do not exist—no Bismillah, dedicated to idols.
Which animals are halal?
All animals are halal except those expressly forbidden in the Qur’an or Hadith. Like pigs, animals were sacrificed in the name of Ghairullah.
One: It is halal to eat fish, even dead. Rasulullah – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – said,
“Eat the fish thrown into the sea, the fish caught on dry land. And don’t eat dead fish for no reason. (Abu Dawud, Hadith: 3815)
Two: Those animals that have blood in them. But they are not animals with flowing blood like snakes, rats etc.
Only bloodless locusts are permissible to eat from both types of animals, and all others are haraam as they are terrible and inferior.
Three. Those animals have flowing blood, such as birds and other quadrupeds.
They are again of two types: First, birds. Eating birds with paws and claws, such as chiles, vultures, falcons, eagles, etc., is Makruh Tahrimi.
Eating those animals is forbidden—for example – tigers, lions, foxes, dogs, cats, monkeys, elephants etc.
The second type is non-violent animals. For non-violent animals, those whose whole parts are ripe, it is permissible to eat them.
For example – domesticated cows, goats, buffalo, sheep, camel, and dumb. Similar wild animals include wild cows, deer, hares, and donkeys. And for those whose whole parts are impure, it is forbidden to eat them—for example, pigs.
Allah says in the Qur’an,
“He has forbidden you dead animals, flowing blood, and the flesh of pigs.” (Surah Baqarah, verse 173)
And it is makruh to eat domestic donkeys and all kinds of horses. Apart from this, it is makruh to eat from among the halal animals that are only used to eating impurities. (Fiqh Book Badayus Sanayyyah, Volume 5, Pages 35-41)
Famous 50 halal animals List
Here is a list of 50 commonly halal animals:
- Cattle (beef)
- Sheep (lamb and mutton)
- Goats (goat meat)
- Pigeons and doves
- Guinea fowl
- Wild boar
- sparrow bird
Again, it’s important to note that the halal status of an animal may vary depending on the method of slaughter and the handling of the meat.
Halal animal in Ramadan
The halal status of animals does not change during Ramadan. So the same rules apply regarding the permissibility of consuming halal animals as in any other month.
Consuming any halal animal during Ramadan is permissible as long as Islamic dietary laws prepare it.
However, it is essential to note that Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims, during which they refrain from consuming food and drink from dawn until sunset.
So while halal animals are permissible to consume during Ramadan, it is essential for Muslims to only consume food and drink during the permitted hours of the day.