Halaal and haraam meat

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Q: I would like to know about meat or chicken for selling in non-muslim shops cooked or uncooked. Are Muslims allowed to buy that meat or chicken?  Can Muslims go to Mcdonalds in non-muslim countries? I heard that chicken can be halaal for Muslims living in western countries to eat in Mcdonalds and to buy in non muslim shops because chicken don’t have a lot of blood compared to other animals. Is this true? How can I know which meat is halaal and which haraam while living in a western country? I am really confused about this matter and it makes it hard for me to chose the right food. Can you please explain this to me?



1-2. A non-Muslim’s word cannot be taken in matters of halaal and haraam. Hence it is not permissible for a Muslim to eat the meat at a non-Muslim restaurant or sold a non-Muslim shops.

3. This is not true. If the chicken was slaughtered by a kaafir, it will be carrion.

4. If the meat is slaughtered by Muslims according to the prescribed method of slaughter with taking the name of Allah Ta’ala at the time of slaughter, the meat will be halaal.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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