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Many Muslims nullify their works seeking for Halal

Introduction

God has made it very clear in the Quran what is forbidden or unlawful for us to eat in all our circumstances through the instances of “Harrama”, so He does what is permitted or lawful for us through the instances of “Halal”. But still many Muslims talk about “Halal meat and food”, especially those who arrive to the USA and Canada from the countries of Muslim majority people and those who convert to Islam in the Western countries without knowing it from the Quran. Thus, they look for “Halal meat and food” believing that the meat in the general grocery stores and the food made with meat in the common restaurants are not Halal for them. What they actually mean is the man-made definition of “Halal meat and food” being unaware of the definition in the Quran given by God who makes things Halal (lawful) or Haram (unlawful) for us. In addition, the term, “Halal Meat” is more often used for commercial profits than religious observance. Those who call their meat Halal, are in some way insinuating that any other meat is not Halal, specifically the meat in the general grocery stores is not Halal. They make more money selling it in a higher price while deceiving the naive Muslims into believing that their meat is the only Halal meat for the Muslims. Thus, those who say, “Do not eat except the Halal meat and food” and “This is Halal and this is not Halal” or those who call their meat and food to be Halal, are making them equals with God as they decree religious laws, while their followers are transgressors.

  • At a glance what God has made lawful (Halal) for us

God has made all the good food lawful for us what He has provided us and let us know that our food is lawful for the people of the previous scripture and their food is lawful for us as well. He has ordered us to eat what is lawful and good but not to follow the steps of the Satan. He has reminded us to eat what is lawful and good, and to fear Him in whom we are believers as well as to be grateful to Him.We may also confirm from the instances of ‘Halal and its derived forms’in the Quran mentioned in the table below what God has made lawful for us through His final revelation.

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Note: Presence of more than one instance in the same verse is highlighted orange in the table indicating its exclusion from the participation in the mathematical calculation being a ground rule.

  • At a glance what God has made unlawful (Haram) for us

God has forbidden all bad things for us while He has specifically mentioned in the Quran what is forbidden for us to eat from the meat and food. He has forbidden us 4 kinds of meat: (1) the dead animal, (2) the blood, (3) the meat of pig and (4) what has been dedicated to other than God. He has also given the criteria of the dead animal whose meat is forbidden for us to avoid any confusion but there is no sins for anyone who is forced to eat these without being disobedient or transgressor. However, the details can be confirmed from reviewing the instances of ‘Harram’ and its derived forms’ in the Quran found in the table below what God has made unlawful for us through His final revelation.

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Note: Presence of more than one instance in the same verse is highlighted orange in the table indicating its exclusion from the participation in the mathematical calculation being a ground rule.

  • Halal and Haram are made through divine revelation

God is the only One who can make things lawful (halal in Arabic) or unlawful (haram in Arabic) for us, and He has made it through sending down His revelations. If anyone can reflect to the messages coded in the following verses in the Quran can be certain that God does not give any authority to anyone to make anything lawful or unlawful for us including His chosen ones who deliver His message to humanity such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus or Muhammad etc.:

[7:157] “Those who follow the gentile messenger prophet (Muhammad) whom they find written for them in the Torah and the Injeel; he enjoins them to the right, and prevents them from the evil, and he makes lawful for them (wa-yuhillu lakum) the good things, and forbids (wa-yuharrimu) the bad things for them, and he removes their burden on them and the shackles that are upon them. So, those who believe in him, and honor him, and support him, and follow the light that was sent down with him; these are the successful ones.”

[6:145] Say: “I (Muhammad) do not find in what is revealed to meforbidden (muharraman) upon an eater to eat it(‘alaa taa’iminyat’amuhu) except that it is dead, or free blood, or the meat of pig as it is contaminated, or what is dedicated being disobedient to other than God.” But whoever is forced out of necessity without being disobedient or transgressor, then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.

[3:50] “And confirming what was before me (Jesus) of the Torah, and that I make lawful for you (wa-lihilla lakum) some of that which was forbidden (alladhee hurrima) to you; and I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so you shall fear God and obey me.”

[3:93] All food was lawful (kaana hillan) to the Children of Israel except what Israel made unlawful (harrama) for himself before the Torah was sent down. Say: “Bring the Torah and recite it if you are truthful.”

[4:160] Then because of wrongdoing of those who were Jews, we made unlawful (harramnaa) good things for them, which were lawful for them (uhillat lahum); and because of their hindering many from the path of God.

[5:4] They ask you what is made lawful to them, say: “All the good things are made lawful for you (uhilla lakum), and what you have taught of the hunting animals to hunt, you teach them of what God has taught you.” So eat from what they have captured for you and mention God’s name upon itand fear God. Indeed, God is quick in reckoning.

[5:5] Today, all the good things are made lawful for you (uhilla lakum), and the food of those who were given the scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them, and the chaste women from the believers and the chaste women of those who were given the scripture before you, when you have given them their bridal dues, being chaste not being unchaste and not having secret lovers. And whoever ignores the faith, then certainly, his works are wasted, and in the Hereafter he will be with the losers.

  • Eat what has been made lawful for you

God has told us to eat lawful and good from what He has provided us except that what is specifically made forbidden for us. It is His blessings that He does not give us an exhaustive list of food what is lawful for us rather it is left open to select our food from a wide variety of food stuff to make our life easy and comfortable wherever on earth. Thus, we can select from what is provided to avoid what is allergic or toxic to us as well as to balance our diet to maintain our optimal health and to achieve nutritional goal including anything what is needed just excluding four types of meat forbidden for us:

[2:168] O people, eat of what in the earth is lawful and good (kuloo mimma fee al-ardihalaalan tayyiban), and do not follow the steps of the devil. Indeed, he is your open enemy.
[2:172] O you who believe, eat from the good (kuloomin tayyibati) what we have provided you, and be thankful to God, if you worship Him alone.
[5:1] O you who believe, you shall fulfill your covenants. Made lawful for you (uhillat lakum) are the livestock, except what is specified to you (illaa maa yut’laa ‘alaykum), not being permitted to hunting while you are in the state of Ihram. Indeed, God decrees whatever He wills.
[5:88] And eat of what God has provided you, lawful and good (halaalan tayyiban); and you shall fear God, the One in whom you are believers.
[5:96] Made lawful for you (uhilla lakum) is the game of the sea and its food as provision for you as well as for the travellers but made unlawful for you is the game of the land as long as you are in a state of Ihram. And you shall fear God to whom you will be gathered.
[22:30] Thus, and whoever honors the sacred rites of God, then it is better for him at his Lord. And made lawful for you (wa-uhillat lakum) is the livestock except what is specified to you (illaa maa yut’laa ‘alaykum). So avoid the abomination of idols and avoid saying false statements.

  • Eat by mentioning God’s name upon it

God has made a requirement for the believers to mention His name before eating while He has not told us to get the meat from the store with an inquiry whether the animal is slaughtered upon mentioning His name upon it. God knows that someday these slaughter houses will be run by machines or computers, and the individuals who will be working in the slaughter houses can be atheists or idol-worshipersor persons claiming them to be Muslims, Jews or Christians. Thus, God did not make distinction between the meat prepared by a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew, all are lawful (halal) to the same degree, but the responsibility is assigned to the individual eater. Hence, the order for us is very straightforward to be the individual’s responsibility to remember God to be grateful to Him what He has provided us when it is time to eat but not when it is slaughtered or prepared:

[6:118] So you shall eat from that on which God’s name has been mentioned (fa-kuloo mimmaa dhukira us’ma allahi ‘alayhi), if you, indeed believe in His revelations.
[6:119] And why should you not eat that on which God’s name has been mentioned (takuloomimmaa dhukira us’ma allahi ‘alayhi), when He has fully detailed to you what has been made forbidden; except what you were forced to do? Most misguide by their desires without knowledge; your Lord is fully aware of the transgressors.
[6:121] And you shall not eat from that on which God’s name has not been mentioned (wa-laa-takuloo mimmaa lam-yudh’kari us’mu allahi ‘alayhi), for it is disobedience, and the devils inspire their allies to argue with you; if you obey them, you will be idol worshipers.
[5:4] They ask you what is made lawful to them, say: “All the good things are made lawful for you (uhilla lakum), and what you have taught of the hunting animals to hunt, you teach them of what God has taught you.” So eat from what they have captured for you and mention God’s name upon it (wa-udh’kuroo is’ma allahi ‘alayhi) and fear God. Indeed, God is quick in reckoning.

Mathematical confirmation

3 distinct sets consisting of 15 verses across 7 suras in the Quran logically separated to better understand that (1) God is the One who has made things halal and haram through His revelations and (2) He has commanded us to eat what is halal (3) mentioning His name upon it to be grateful to Himas well as being true believers in Him. The total of the relevant sura and verse numbers is a multiple of 19 => 1596 (19x84) as shown in the table below:

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Note: This mathematical confirmation is a physical fact that God has made things halal and haram through His revelations and has commanded us to eat what is halal mentioning His name upon it.

  • Four kinds of meat are forbidden for us

The meat what God has made unlawful (Haram) for us are very specific: (1) the dead animal, (2) the blood, (3) the meat of pig and (4) what has been dedicated to other than God, even defining the criteria of the dead animal whose meat is forbidden for us. Now if we can reflect to that, we should not have any doubt about meat what is unlawful for us to stay in the path of God:

[2:173] He has only forbidden for you (harrama alaykumu) the dead animal, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what has been dedicated to other than God. But whoever is forced out of necessity without being disobedient or transgressor, then there is no sin for him. Indeed, God is Forgiving, Merciful.
[5:1] O you who believe, you shall fulfill your covenants. Made lawful for you (uhillat lakum) are the livestock, except what is specified to you (illaa maa yut’laa ‘alaykum), not being permitted to hunting while you are in the state of Ihram. Indeed, God decrees whatever He wills.
[5:3] Forbidden upon you (hurrimat alaykum) the dead animal, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what was sacrificed to other than God; and that which has been strangled, and that which has been beaten to death, and that which has fallen from a height, and that which has been gored, and that which the wild animals have attacked except what has been slaughtered (before it dies), and what has been slaughtered on the alters, and that you divide by the arrows of chance – that are all abominable. Today, those who disbelieved have given up from your religion, so do not fear them, but fear Me. Today, I have perfected your religion for you, and have completed My blessings upon you, and have chosen submission as religion for you. So, whoever is forced by severe hunger and not being willful to sin, then God is Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[6:145] Say: “I (Muhammad) do not find in what is revealed to meforbidden (muharraman) upon an eater to eat it(‘alaa taa’iminyat’amuhu) except that it is dead, or freeblood, or the meat of pig as it is contaminated, or what is dedicated being disobedient to other than God.”But whoever is forced out of necessity without being disobedient or transgressor, then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.
[16:115] He has only forbidden for you (harrama alaykumu) the dead animal, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what has been dedicated to other than God. But whoever is forced out of necessity without being disobedient or transgressor, then indeed, God is Forgiving, Merciful.
[22:30] Thus, and whoever honors the sacred rites of God, then it is better for him at his Lord. And made lawful for you (wa-uhillat lakum) is the livestock except what is mentioned to you (illaa maa yut’laa ‘alaykum). So avoid the abomination of idols and avoid saying false statements.

  • Do not forbid what God has made lawful

God has ordered us not to forbid what is made lawful for us to be transgressors while He is merciful on those who eat that believing and fearing Him, and doing good works to please Him:

[5:87] O you who believe, do not forbid good things (laa-tuharrimoo tayyibaati) what God has made lawful for you (maa ahalla allahu lakum), and do not transgress; indeed, God does not like the transgressors.

[5:93] There is no sin on those who believe and do good works for what they ate (feemaa ta’imoo) when they fear and believe and do good works; then they fear and believe, then they fear and do good works; And God loves the righteous workers.
[16:118] And for those who are Jews, we have forbidden (harramanaa) what we narrated to you before. We have not wronged them, but they have wronged themselves.

  • Forbidden what is lawful is a lie about God

God is the only One who can make things lawful (halal in Arabic) or unlawful (haram in Arabic) for us and He has made it explicit what is forbidden for us while those who associate partners with God blame Him when they have made unlawful for themselves what God has made lawful for them.Thus, forbidding what is lawful or blaming God for their own prohibition, is a gross sin:

[16:116] And do not say that what your tongues declare the lie: “This is lawful (halaalun) and this is unlawful (haraamun);” so that you invent the lie about God. Indeed, those who invent the lie about God will not succeed.
[10:59] Say: “Have you seen what God has sent down for you of provision, then you made of it unlawful (harraman) and lawful (wa-halaalan)?” Say: “Has God permitted you, or you have invented against God?
[16:35] And those who associate partners said: “If God willed, we would not have worshiped anything other than Him; neither we nor our fathers; nor would we have forbidden (harramnaa) anything other than Him.” So did those who were before them; then is there any responsibility on the messengers except the clear conveyance?
[22:30] Thus, and whoever honors the sacred rites of God, then it is better for him at his Lord. And made lawful for you (wa-uhillat lakum) is the livestock except what is specified to you (illaa maa yut’laa ‘alaykum). So avoid the abomination of idols and avoid saying false statements.

  • Consequence of forbidding what is made lawful by God

God is extremely displeased with those who forbid what He has made lawful for us as they change His favor for disbelief leading people to destruction disregarding His revelations. Hence, those who follow them are the transgressors while those who forbid what He has not forbidden will be treated like those who make them equals to their Lord that nullify all their works.

[20:81] You shall eat from the good things (min tayyibaati) that we have provided for you, and do not transgress in it, lest upon you descend (fayahilla alaykum) My wrath. And whomever upon you descend (wa-man yahlil alaykum) My wrath, then he has certainly perished.
[14:28] Have you not seen those who have changed God’s favor for disbelief, and they led (wa-ahalloo) their people to the abode of destruction?
[6:150] Say: “Bring forth your witnesses who bear witness that God has forbidden this (harrama haadhaa).” If they bear witness, then do not bear witness with them, nor follow the desires of those who deny our revelations, and those who do not believe in the Hereafter; and they make equals with their Lord!

It is noteworthy that the verses that code multiple messages are included in the above respective group and their numbers are highlighted yellow.

Conclusion

God is the only One who makes things lawful (Halal in Arabic) or unlawful (Haram in Arabic) for us, and has made it through sending down His revelations letting us know referring to the Torah, the Injeel (Gospel) and the Quran. Thus, it is clear from the final scripture that He does not give any authority to anyone to make anything lawful or unlawful for us including His chosen ones who deliver His message to humanity. He has made all the good food lawful for us what He has provided us and let us know that our food is lawful for the people of the previous scripture and their food is lawful for us as well. He has ordered us to eat what is lawful and good but not to follow the steps of the Satan. He has reminded us to eat what is lawful and good, and to fear Him in whom we are believers as well as to be grateful to Him.

He has made a requirement for the believers to mention His name before eating but has not told us to get the meat from the store or eat in the restaurant with an inquiry whether the animal is slaughtered mentioning His name upon it. God knows that someday these slaughter houses will be run by machines or computers, and the individuals who will be working in the slaughter houses or restaurants can be atheists or idol-worshipers or persons claiming them to be Muslims, Jews or Christians. Thus, God did not make distinction between the meat or food prepared by a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew, all are halal to the same degree, while the responsibility is assigned to the individual eater. Hence, the commandment is very straightforward to be individual’s responsibility to remember God to be grateful to Him what He has provided us when it is time to eat but not when it is slaughtered or prepared.

He has forbidden all bad things for us and has specifically mentioned in the Quran what is forbidden for us to eat from the meat and food. He has forbidden us 4 kinds of meat: (1) the dead animal, (2) the blood, (3) the meat of pig and (4) what has been dedicated to other than God detailing the criteria of the dead animal whose meat is forbidden for us to avoid any confusion but there is no sin for anyone who is forced to eat those without being disobedient or transgressor. What God has forbidden for us is explicit and we should not have any doubt about meat what is unlawful for us to stay in the path of God. Thus, forbidding other than the specified ones i.e., what has been made lawful is a lie about Him and those who have made lawful things unlawful for themselves but have blamed God for that is a belief of associating partners with Him that makes them equals with God.

While He is extremely displeased with them and those who follow them as they have changed His favor for disbelief disregarding His revelations while those who say that ‘this is lawful and this is unlawful’ is a lie that they have invented will not succeed. Thus, those who forbid anything what God has not forbidden will be treated like those who make them equals to their Lord while those who follow them are the transgressors that nullify all their works.

The dietary system given by God makes our life easy and comfortable wherever we might be on earth while many of us impose hardship on themselves following the steps of Satan being disbelievers in Him. Hence, we are permitted to shop meat from any grocery store or eat in any restaurant avoiding only what is forbidden for us but mentioning God’s name before eating. If anyone wants to be successful and happy in the Hereafter without nullifying one’s works should follow it disregarding the man-made dietary system verifying with his/her own intelligence, who lives in the USA and Canada in light of the final scripture and the facts derived from it.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.
Tafazzal (12/29/2017).