Is Horse Meat Permissible to Eat or Not?

Written by Abu Muadh Taqweem Aslam on . Posted in Fatawa-Rulings, Islamic Jurisprudence - 'Fiqh'

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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