Muslim food customs

Islam promotes the concept of ‘eating to live’. Muslims are advised to stop eating while they are still hungry and always to share food. Although many foods are allowed, certain codes must be observed, and some dietary restrictions exist. 

The flesh of animals slaughtered in a humane way as outlined by Islamic law is considered halal (according to Islamic law). All meat to be consumed as food must be slaughtered with a ritual letting of blood while speaking the name of God. The slaughter can be done by anyone- no special person is designated for this function. Muslims eat kosher meat products because they know that they have been slaughtered properly. If an animal is slaughtered improperly, the meat becomes haram, or forbidden. Pork and pork products such as gelatin are prohibited, as are alcoholic beverages and alcohol products (e.g. vanilla extract).

Although all foods not specifically prohibited are allowed to be eaten, certain foods are recommended such as milk, dates, meat, seafood, sweets, honey and olive oil.

Prayers are offered before any food is eaten.

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