Laws of Religion
Laws of Islam Concerning Food
from the Holy Qur’an, major hadith collections
and Islamic jurisprudence
Our summaries of the laws of Islam are based on key source texts of Islamic law written no later than the 14th century. These sources and the methods we used to prepare our summaries based on them are described on the page Source Texts Used for Laws of Islam. There is no attempt in this work to explain contemporary interpretations of any of the passages or how they are applied in the current practice of Islam. Our summaries are emphatically not intended for use as guidance for religious practice. This work is simply a summary of what the cited texts say in the English translations referred to.
The summaries of the laws of Islam concerning food cover forbidden foods and other topics generally applicable to everyday life. The rules associated with specific religious events or times, such as fasting, the specific prayers or blessings to be recited related to food, and sacrifices in religious rituals are not included here except that we have included a review of the rules concerning hunting and consuming game while on pilgrimage.
Each topical section in our reviews of Islamic law is divided into two parts. The first summarizes what is said about the topic in the Qur’an and in the hadith collections of al-Bukhari and Muslim. The second part of the page for each topic discussed on this website contains a summary of the jurisprudence, or fiqh, relating to that topic. This system of jurisprudence/fiqh is often referred to loosely as sharia law.
In some places we attempt to clarify what is written in the original texts by offering an explanation of the meaning. Such comments are always placed in parentheses and are usually introduced with “Editors note.” The reader should have no problem recognizing these occasional comments by us.
Throughout the summaries, reference is made to filth and also to things that are clean. The subject of filth and cleanness, as these topics relate to food, is discussed specifically in a separate section of this website: “Laws of Islam Concerning Ritual Purity and Cleanliness” on page 3 Foods and Animal Materials that are Filth.