Kangaroo meat has been gaining popularity in recent years as a lean and healthy alternative to traditional meats. But for those following a halal diet, the question remains: is kangaroo halal?
In this blog post, we will explore the guidelines for determining the halal status of kangaroo meat and the opinions of various Islamic scholars on the matter.
Is Kangaroo Halal?
Yes, Kangaroo is a halal animal because there is no basis for its prohibition. The only condition is that it should be slaughtered with all necessary requirements of Islamic slaughtering.
Why Is Kangaroo Meat Halal?
Basically all animals are Halal except those that are made unlawful in Shari’a. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning):
Say (O Muhammad SAW): “I find not in that which has been inspired to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maytatah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork, etc.) for that surely is impure,….Surah Al An’am verse 145
Allah also says (interpretation of the meaning):
And of the grazing livestock are carriers [of burdens] and those [too] small. Eat of what Allah has provided for you and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.Surah Al An’am 142
Narrated by Imam Muslim, Ibn ‘Abbas reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) prohibited the eating of all fanged beasts of prey, and all the birds having talons. Sahih Muslim No. 1934
The Hanafi Jurist, Imāmal-Mawsuli, states that things are considered lawful unless there is evidence to establish their impermissibility.
Therefore, unless there is a text to prohibit a certain land animal, the general rule is that land animals that have flowing blood in them and they survive on grass and leaves, and do not prey on other animals, are Halal to consume. Based on this it can be said that it is permissible to consume Kangaroo meat.
Turkey’s Directorate-General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa stating that kangaroo meat and grasshoppers are “halal” food. Still, Islam bans eating “badgers, martens, weasels, beavers and sea otters.”
“Islamic scholars agree that ‘halal’ animals that are not mentioned in the Quran and in the hadith [the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)] are those that don’t eat feces and carcasses, and which are therefore neither wild nor coarse,”the Diyanet’s High Committee of Religious Affairs Directorate said in response to a citizen’s question.
As such, the fatwa continues, kangaroo is classified in the same category as other “grass-eating, clean animals like deer, gazelle, and antelope.” Grasshopper is also categorized as “halal” because “there is a special provision in the Sunnah,” it adds, referring to the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims based on the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
The fatwa describes badgers, martens, weasels, beavers, and sea otters as “naturally wild.”
Although there are differing views among Islamic scholars related to these animals, the fatwa argues, “As these animals are wild and carnivorous, it’s not appropriate to eat their meat.” Source: Islam.ru
Is Kangaroo Meat Halal?
Yes, kangaroo meat is halal. Eating the meat of animals is lawful unless there is evidence prohibiting it. Since kangaroo is not from the cat family and does not aggress with its teeth and since it eats plants and grass, then it is lawful to eat its meat.
But you should know that when purchasing kangaroo meat, it is important to check that the meat has been slaughtered in accordance with Islamic guidelines and to be aware of any other factors that might make the meat haram (forbidden), such as the use of haram chemicals or additives.
In order for meat to be considered halal, it must come from a halal animal that has been slaughtered in a specific way, known as zabiha.
Halal Kangaroo Meat
As in other halal beef, deer meat, and other meat, there are limitations and conditions to make them halal to eat.
Kangaroo meat is Halal, if:
- They are slaughtered Islamically
- They are shot with mentioning the name of Allah
If the kangaroos are shot or killed by commercial hunters, most probably non-Muslims, then the kangaroo meat will be Haram to eat.
IslamQA stated that if you shoot the deer with the rifle and mention the name of Allaah and hit the deer, and it dies from that shot, then it is halaal, and it is permissible to eat it. However, if you catch up with it while still alive, you must slaughter it properly.
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