Lawful food in the west 

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is it compulsory for a Muslim to eat halal if living in another country? Or we can eat every thing after reciting bismillah?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah,

Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “O people! Allah is Good and only accepts the good. Allah gives the same command to the believers that He gives the Messengers. Allah Almighty says, ‘Messengers, eat of the good things and act rightly,’ (23:52) and the Almighty said, ‘O you who believe, eat of the good things that We have provided for you.’ (W2:171; H2:172) Then he mentioned a man who goes on a long journey, is dishevelled and dusty and stretches his hands to heaven saying , ‘O Lord! O Lord!’ when his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothes are unlawful, and his sustenance is unlawful. How could such a man be responded to?” [Muslim (from Riyad al-Salihin, tr. Ayesha Bewley)]

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