Tuesday 15 March 2011

By Products

I was thinking about Animal by-products (gelatin in particular but also other animal by-products included ) Here is what I found :

Vocabulary from Noble Qur'an:

"la?ma" is MEAT
"juludu" is SKIN
"shu?umahuma" is FAT
"l-?awaya" is ENTRAILS
"ma  ikh'tala?a bi?a?min" what is joined to the BONE
"a?wafiha" WOOL
"wa-awbariha" FUR
"wa-ash?ariha" HAIR
"warishan" FEATHERS

From Wikipedia: "GELATIN (spelled gelatine in the UK and some Commonwealth countries) is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), nearly tasteless solid substance, derived from the COLLAGEN inside animals' SKIN and BONES."

from Wikipedia "COLLAGEN, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as TENDON, LIGAMENT and SKIN"

from Wikipedia "A TENDON (or sinew) is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that usually connects MUSCLE to BONE"

from Wikipedia "MEAT is animal flesh that is used as food. Most often, this means the skeletal MUSCLE and associated FAT,"

From Noble Qur'an :
"6:145 Say, "I do NOT find in what is inspired to me forbidden EXCEPT that it be already dead, or blood poured forth, or the meat (LAHMA) of PIG, for it is foul; or what is corruptly dedicated to other than God." Whoever is forced without seeking disobedience or transgression, then your Lord is Forgiving, Compassionate."

From Noble Qur'an :
"6:146 For those who are "hadu", We forbade all that have claws; and from the cattle and the sheep We forbade their FAT except what is attached to the back, or entrails, or what is joined to/mixed with BONE. That is a punishment for their rebellion, and We are truthful. "

AFAICS Animal by-products are specifically targetted in 6:146 for "those that are hadu"

From Noble Qur'an :
"6:148 Those who set up partners will say, "If God wished, we would not have set up partners, nor would have our fathers, nor would we have FORBIDDEN anything." Those before them lied in the same way, until they tasted Our might. Say, "Do you have any knowledge to bring out to us? You only follow conjecture, you only guess."

From Noble Qur'an :
"16:115 He only made FORBIDDEN for you what is already dead, blood, the meat of pig, and what was sacrificed to any other than God. But whoever is forced to, without disobedience or transgression, then God is Forgiving, Compassionate."

From Noble Qur'an :
"16:116 You shall not INVENT LIES about God by attributing lies with your tongues, saying: "This is LAWFUL and that is FORBIDDEN." Those who invent lies about God will not succeed."

From Noble Qur'an
"2:173 He has only forbidden for you what is already dead, the blood, the meat of pig, and what was dedicated to other than God. Whoever finds himself forced out of need and WITHOUT DISOBEDIENCE or animosity, there is no sin upon him. God is Forgiving, Compassionate."

So I have a weird/bad feeling about calling the animal by-products "Haram" - it does not feel right to me. Isn't it enough to know where the gelatine came from to decide whether you want to eat hydrolyzed collagen or not, without calling it "Haram"? To me from reading what Qur'an says, it seems it would be a WORSE sin  to "attribute lies"  basically saying "God said that gelatine is Haram" when He only said the "meat of pigs" and the other things mentioned in 5:3 was haram.

Just thinking out loud and sharing my thoughts. Allah knows best.


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