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The Ruling of the Remaining Blood on Meat

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Question:

Take a piece of raw meat from the freezer. Place it in a bowl, to defrost in the microwave. Cut it on a chopping board then place into a pot with liquid and cook. Every stage of this process should deem the bowl, chopping board, knife, pot (and eventually kitchen sink when all the used utensils are placed in it to wash) all mutanijs? Any splatter (if fried) onto the cooking surfaces etc also same condition? Then if we wipe that surface with a wet cloth we’ve just compounded the problem. Can you please clarify if the extent the ‘excusable to eat’ ruling extends to regarding purity.

Country: Australia

Answer:

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Regarding blood which remains on meat and its bones the commentators on Minhaj opined that it is impure but excused. (Mughni v. 1, p. 232; Nihayah v. 1, p. 240; Tuhfah v. 1, p. 293)

However, Sharwani mentioned that such being pure is indicated to in Imam Nawawi’s Sharh al-Muhadhdhab and an approach considered by Imam Subki. (Hashiyat al-Tuhfah v. 1, p. 293) Imam Suyuti maintained the view. In al-Hawi lil-Fatawi v. 1, p. 21, he goes the way of considering it pure. He reasons that the blood takes the same ruling as the meat itself; and cites Imam Nawawi’s discussion in Sharh al-Muhadhdhab.

According to the first view, some have stated that it being excusable is in the situation that it has not mixed with any foreign substance. While if it does get mixed with something, such as water mixing with the blood, then it will render filthy what it contacts. Bujayrimi related this in Tuhfat al-Habib v. 1, p. 137.

According to the second view, the blood is pure. Thus, it will not render filthy what it comes into contact with.

Note: a package of meat from the butcher, already slaughtered, processed, and packed, may have a reddish juice with it. This red juice is called myoglobin, not blood. (http://food-studies.com/2011/06/13/the-red-juice-in-raw-red-meat-isn%E2%80%99t-blood/)

Allah knows best.

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