Halal and Haram

Q: Can you please give me guidance on a matter that I’m currently facing? I would on occasions purchase food (halal) from a Muslim brother. Only recently I discovered (by his own admission) that he considers the Beloved Prophet (unto whom be peace) to be a regular person (astagfirulah). And additionally, he insists that such love and respect should not be shown to the Prophet (uwbp). Should I continue supporting his business by purchasing meals from him?


A: I am sad to read that a Muslim thinks that the blessed messenger is ordinary, or regular, and shocked that a Muslim does not regard his love and respect important. Here is what the Quran teaches;

“Those who believe him, honour him, help him and follow the light which has been sent down with him, they are those who will succeed”. (Al Araf: 157). According to the Quran there are four duties of the believer: to believe, honour, help and obediently follow. The other two duties; to love him and to send blessing on him are mentioned in sura tawbah and ahzab.

What more can I say? The question here is you willing to educate this brother? Can you teach him?

That would be good; I will email you separately summary of a beautiful book on loving the prophet, perhaps you can get him to read it. It’s easy to walk away, but to persevere and help him would be better.


Q: I have a quick question regarding stunned chicken.  Are we allowed to eat chicken that has been stunned?

A: Yes stunned and then slaughtered with Takbeer is halal


 Q What is the difference between halal and Haraam?

A: the famous principle in Islamic law is of permissibility, things are permissible unless specifically prohibited, Haraam is a term that refers to things that have been prohibited by the Quran and the sunnah of the prophet, this includes some foods, pork, blood, meat of carrions and animal killed without being properly slaughtered, in social activities like gambling, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, in business using interest, in relationships, cheating and be dishonest etc. Halal on the other hand means things that are allowed by the Sharia,


Q: Are cremations forbidden in Islam?

A: Cremation is absolutely haram, forbidden. In fact we are told that we must respect the body and that no kind of harm should be done to it in any shape or form. We are told that the water that we wash the dead body with should be lukewarm, not too cold, not too hot, meaning that the body has to be respected in every sense.


Q: What does Islam say about post-mortems?

A: If they have to be carried out because of legal reasons, if there are suspicious circumstances surrounding death and a post-mortem is the only way to clarify the situation, then it has to be done. It might help to solve future problems which could arise between families family members for instance. There is a group of scholars from Al Azhar University who think that post-mortems are okay even for scientific research; in fact one of the great professors at Al Azhar gave his body for that purpose, but the majority seem to not agree with this decision.


Q:  Am I allowed to wear a T shirt that has a print of someone’s face on it?

A: I would regard that as makruh certainly, I wouldn’t be able to call it haram. I certainly wouldn’t pray in it.