Dietary Laws of Islam

Ben Neuwirth B Block

Overview of Islamic Dietary Customs

The Quran states that meat from animals that die of themselves, meat from pigs and the meat of animals not dedicated to God are explicitly forbidden. However if a person is in a situation where there is no other alternative, it is not a sin to consume these foods. Some Muslim scholars also consider excessive consumption sinful. Muslims are obligated to use the ritualistic method of animal slaughter, Dhabīḥah, although it does not apply to most aquatic animals. The animals must be slaughtered by one of the people of the book, a Jew Chirstian or Muslim, while speaking the name of Allah. Any food or drink with alcohol in it as well as any human substance or part is also prohibited. During the holiday month of Ramadan, Muslims are not permitted to eat during daylight to show their devotion to God.

Dinner Menu

Appetizer: Falafel Sandwich, a falafel serve on pita with lettuce, tomato, onions, and white sauce

Main Course: Palak Gosht, a spinach & lamb combination cooked together on a mild curry sauce

Chicken over rice is a grilled chicken serve with lettuce, tomato, onions, green peppers and white sauce

Side Dish: Lamb Pilau, which is pilau rice cooked with lamb meat on the bone

Dessert: Gajar Ka Halwa, a dish of carrots cooked in cream served hot

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