The General Rule Regarding Food and Drink

The General Rule Regarding Food and Drink

The general rule in the Sharee‛ah, or Islamic Law, is that everything is allowed except what is expressly forbidden which is bound to harm people’s health, character or religion. Allah reminds us that He has created everything on the earth so we can benefit from it, with the exception of things He has forbidden, as the Qur’an states, “It is He who created everything in and on the earth for you. ” (Soorat Al-Baqarah, 2:29)

Plants and Fruits

All types of plants that people plant or take off trees, herbs and mushrooms of all types are lawful and suitable for human consumption, with the exception of those ones that are hazardous to health or life or those that intoxicate and cloud the mind, such as alcoholic beverages and drugs, which are strictly forbidden due to the great harm they are bound to cause.