Monday, January 12, 2009

HARAM: Carrion, Dead (الميتة)

CARRION - the carcass of a dead animal. Carrion begins to decay the moment of the animal's death, and it will increasingly attract insects and breed bacteria. Islamically the concept of, carrion — or more specifically al-maita (الميتة) — extends to animals which have been killed by means other than exsanguination during slaughter or the hunt.

Islamic Prohibition against CARRION:
The Quran forbids the consumption of dead animals or "carrion" (الميتة) — of animals which have been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a fall, or which have been gored to death.

Islamic law commands that all halal animals meant for food, with the exception of locusts, fish and sea creatures, be slaughtered by cutting the jugular vein in the animal's neck to allow death by exsanguination. This is known as zabihah. Game animals which have been killed in the hunt, by bleeding out, are likewise permissible.

[ CARRION in Quran & Hadith ]

AMNA's Criteria for CARRION:
The table below describes our criteria for judging a FOOD as CARRION. Helpful icons make it easy to judge foods at a glance.

Foods which it is known that the animal has died by means other than exsanguination, excepting fish and sea creatures.
balut (Filippino), trứng vịt lộn (Vietnamese)

Related Topics:
What does Quran and hadith say about CARRION (dead meat)?
What is Islamic slaughter, zabihah (ذبيحة).
How does AMNA identify and label foods containing other HARAM substances like PORK, or BLOOD?
Why do we use "?" on some icons? What does it mean?
What if a food contains TWO haram substances?

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