Permissible & Impermissible: Birds

This is the third part of Section I: Permissible and Impermissible Animals.

Precious Provisions

taught by Yasir Qadhi

Section 1: Permissible and Impermissible Animals

3.) Birds

Allah praises bird meat in the Qur’an like He praises no other meat. It is the food of the people of Jannah — “And they shall have the meat of any bird they desire.” (see 56:21)

The vast majority of birds are halaal.

There are a few simple rules which let us know which birds are prohibited:

1.) Birds which have talons are forbidden

The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam forbade every predator with fangs and every bird with talons.

The Malikis, however, only consider birds with talons to be makrooh.

2.) The mustakhbath rule applies to birds: birds that eat dead meat such as vultures, kites and buzzards.

For the Malikis, however, these birds are permissible.

3.) The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam forbade two types of birds: the shrike (Surad) and the hoopoe (hudhud). (Abu Dawood)

(The first picture is the hoopoe/hudhud and the second is the shrike/Surad).











A chapter in Sahih Muslim relating to Animals

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