Is cow meat lawful.

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Sir my following query is yet to be answered from your end:-


My question relates specifically to Muslim residing in India that whether it is permissible for them to eat the meat of cow, as cow slaughtering is not permissible in India.


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Is cow meat lawful

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 3-4:

3        Forbidden to you (for food) are:  dead meat,  blood,  the flesh of swine,  and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah,  that which hath been killed by strangling,  or by a violent blow,  or by a headlong fall,  or by being gored to death;  that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form);  that which is sacrificed on stone (altars);  (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety.   This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me.  This day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.   But if any forced by hunger with no inclination to transgression Allah is indeed Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

4        They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food): say:  Lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure:  and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah; eat what they catch for you but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah; for Allah is swift in taking account.

5        This day are (all) things good and pure made lawful unto you.  The food of the People of the Book is lawful unto you,  and yours is lawful unto them.


The cow is not listed amongst the ‘haraam’ or unlawful animals as food for the believers.  Thus if the cow is duly slaughtered, its flesh is absolutely lawful for the believers to consume.


The eating of the flesh of duly slaughtered cows is a permission in Shariah, not a Command!  Shariah Law allows and permits the believers to eat the flesh of duly slaughtered lawful animals; but if the slaughter of a said animal is unlawful in the nation one lives in, or the flesh of that particular animal is unavailable, or one does not like the taste of that animal, one is at absolute liberty to abstain from it. 


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