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Q: Is veganism allowed in Islam?

A. A vegan is a person who does not eat animals or animal products. Islam has allowed the eating of meat. A narration states that meat is the most superior of foods. (Tuhfatul Ahwadhi V10 P261). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) loved meat.

If a person becomes a vegan due to e.g. health reasons i.e. consumption of meat is not advisable for him, or a person simply cannot eat meat but does not believe that it is wrong to eat meat, it will be permissible.
If the person becomes a vegan for the wrong reasons, e.g. he believes that it is morally wrong to eat meat, slaughtering is cruelty to animals, etc. then it will not be allowed.

Allah Ta’aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher
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