Can we eat Meat in the Holy month of Muharram?

Is Eating Meat allowed from the 1st day to the 10th day of Muharram?

However, there is no as such practice asked by Allah or introduced by his Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), but people make customs themselves and then ask their generations to follow them.

We have heard so many people keeping incorrect belief that meat should not be eaten during the first 10 days of Muharram. When we ask them the reason, they quote since Imam Hussain (May Allah Be Pleased With Him) and his companions remained hungry and had a very little to eat and survive, therefore, we should copy this act as a matter of respect.

Such people while following this act thinks that it is a part of Islamic teachings. However, There is no such evidence found that it is forbidden in Islam to not to eat any meat till the Ashura day.

Islam allows eating permitted animals sacrificed in a halal manner

On the other hand, in Islam, eating meat of permitted animals is allowed as long as it is cut in a halal manner. If you deliberately stop yourself from consuming meat that is permissible by Allah, then it is a kind of monasticism that is not practicable in Islam. Read more: Significance of the Holy Month Muharram & Fasting on 9th and 10th Muharram

What is monasticism?

Monasticism is the term in which you stop yourself from doing things that are permitted by Allah. It is like making amendments in the faith that is not accepted and allowed in Islam. In these acts or things there are:

  1. getting married.
  2. consuming meat items.
  3. living a comfortable life, etc.

In Islam, there is no such concept of leaving or giving up basic necessities of life, especially ones that have been practiced by the Prophet of Allah Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Read more: 9 Glorious Unknown facts about the interior look of Holy Kaaba

What if we refrain ourselves from consuming meat?

This is the same with meat that is allowed and declared halal as per the regulations of our deen. If we refrain ourselves from eating meat by connecting it with the religion, then it will be monasticism because our religion has no such obligation, but if you have some medical and personal choice of not consuming meat, then it is allowed. Just like that there is no evidence or grounds of having meat in the days of Muharram. Read more: A light on the life of Imam Al- Bukhari, who collected most of the Islamic Hadith

Some other Islamic references which discourages Monasticism

Once there were few companions of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) who chose to do something that was in the category of monasticism. Upon which Allah sent down His revelation in the form of Sura’ah Maaidah, in which He said that you should not make alterations to the things that Allah has made permissible for you such as deeds, food, beliefs, people, etc.

Do not disobey him as He does not like the disobedient. For every Muslim, it is crucial that they live their lives upon the Sunnah. 

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Source: IslamQa

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