Halal Eating and Drinking

Rules and tips for a halal lifestyle

Muslims follow a set of dietary laws which are outlined in the Qur'an. Everything is permitted (halal), except what God specifically prohibited (haram). Muslims do not consume pork or alcohol, and follow a humane process for the slaughter of animals for meat. Within these rules, there is wide variation among the eating habits of Muslims around the world.

Rules and Tips

Halal Food
Halal food - Moroccan fish. Getty Images / Veronica Garbutt

Muslims are allowed to eat what is "good" - that is, what is pure, clean, wholesome, nourishing, and pleasing to the taste. In general, everything is allowed (halal) except what has been specifically forbidden. Muslims are enjoined by their religion to abstain from eating certain foods. This is in the interest of health and cleanliness, and in obedience to God. Here are some tips on following Islamic law when eating at home or on the road.


Some Islamic terms originate in the Arabic language. Not sure what they mean? Check the definitions below:


Muslims hail from nearly every continent, and within the Islamic dietary guidelines is room for a variety of cuisines. Enjoy some old favorites, or try something new and exotic!

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