Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Reasons for the Prohibition of Specific Foods in the Qur'an

God has created man in the way that what he eats and drinks influences his mind, body, and soul. Hence, God declared certain edible materials prohibited (haram) and others permissible (halal). This paper lists the foods that are impermissible as mentioned in the Qur’anic Chapters al-Baqarah and al-Ma’idah. In these chapters, twelve impermissible foods are listed, some of which are carrion, blood, pork, and wine, in addition to the meat of animals that have been strangled, gored to death, and not slaughtered based on Islamic rules. Moreover, brief reasons as to why they are forbidden are also presented.


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