Diet in Islam; what to eat and what not to eat or drink

Diet in Islam is based on the holy Quran and what it teaches. It is very simple and not too complicated as many would imagine. The basic rule is; all things are good and pure (Halal) except those that we are told they are not (Haram). Here are some examples from the Quran to show you the basic guidelines for the correct diet for Muslims:

"He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath 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" (2:173).

The commentary to the verse is as follows:

"Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful" (5:3).

The commentary to the verse is as follows:

"They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah. Eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account" (5:4).

The commentary to the verse is as follows:

"This day are (all) things good and pure things made lawful unto you. The food of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto themů" (5:5).

The commentary to the verse is as follows:

"O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper. Satan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?" (5:90-91).

The commentary to the verse is as follows:

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