Islam Against Extremism Conference 22nd July 2017

Islam Against Extremism Conference 22nd July 2017

Is Horse Meat Permissible to Eat or Not?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In light of the “scandal”[!] that has broken in the U.K. recently regarding certain products being labelled incorrectly as beef when in fact they are horse, we present here a brief summary of the affair regarding the actual ruling on horse meat.

It should be known that there is a difference of opinion that exists regarding eating horse meat amongst scholars. However the correct position is that it is permissible to eat as the majority of scholars explained; the statements of the scholars follow:

Shaikh bin Baz: “Horse meat is permissible, the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم permitted that in his statement narrated from Jaabir bin ‘Abdillah رضي الله عنه, “The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم forbade on the Day of Khaibar from eating domesticated donkeys however he permitted horses” [al-Bukhary and Muslim].

Similarly Asmaa bint Abi Bakr رضي الله عنهما stated, “We slaughtered a horse during the time of the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم and we ate it whilst we were in Madinah” [al-Bukhary and Muslim].

Shaikh ibn ul-Uthaymeen: “Yes [it is permissible to eat] due to the narration in al-Bukhary of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr رضي الله عنهما “We slaughtered a horse….[as above]”

Shaikh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbad: “[The hadith of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr رضي الله عنهما] indicates that horse meat is halal and permissible and from the good affairs”.

[via Sahab]

Shaikh al-Fawzan: “[The hadith of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr] indicates the permissibility of horse meat, and horse meat is permissible amongst many of the people of knowledge such as Imaam Ahmad and Imaam as-Shaafi’ee”. [Explanation of Buloogh al Maraam v6 p9].

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