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Is eating cow meat a sin in India?

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Is slaughtering and eating meat of cow is a haram/not allowed/sinful act according to Islam in any Indian state where the law of the land prohibit slaughtering of cows. As we know that slaughter of cow is penal offence by Indian law and Islam ask you to follow the law of land. The person who is slaughtering or eating the cow meat is having options available of all kind of halal meat to eat instead of cow meat. He is slaughtering or eating in hideouts.


(Fatwa: 703/587=D/1430)

Consuming cow meat is lawful and slaughtering is also permissible, but a place where it is legally banned it is unlawful to endanger one’s life, wealth and honour by going against law.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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