Ask A Muslim: Having a Muslim Friend Over

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By Maimoona Harrington

I asked my friend if he wanted some wine, after saying no he asked to not ask him that question again. Is there anything else I should refrain from asking. I want to make sure he is comfortable at all times.

Islam as a religion is considered a way of life. There is a code of conduct to follow in all aspects of life whether it’s food, marriage, business, politics and more.

Food is a very important part of one’s life and Islam has certain dietary restrictions on how to consume it. So if you have a Muslim friend over for a party, dinner or watch a game with you, you can keep following things in mind.

  • Muslims do not drink any beverage that contains alcohol, its forbidden.
  • Muslims do not eat pork and bacon or any food that contains extract from them like Gelatin, enzymes, L-cysteine, Rennet or Lipase etc. They eat halal food.
  • Vegetarian food and fish is safe to serve.

What is Halal ?

Halal refers to any food product that is not prohibited. In fact, the vast majority of foods are halal and therefore too numerous to list. Almost all non-meat and non-alcoholic foods are halal.” (WhyIslam)

Dinner party featuring Halal foods/Maimoona Harrington

What is Halal meat?

“When it comes to meat, halal or zabiha simply mean that the animal was slaughtered according to Islamic guidelines. Islam places great emphasis on how an animal’s life ends and how it is to be treated at the time of slaughter. All life, including that of animals, is considered sacred and must be treated humanely.” (WhyIslam)

Maimoona Harrington

About Maimoona Harrington

Maimoona Harrington was born and raised in Pakistan moved to the United States with her family in 2008. She is married and a mother of two sons. She has a bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies and sociology from Pakistan and a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from United States. Along with her career as an interpreter, translator and monitor she is also an Islamic and Pakistani Culture Adviser.

As a practicing Muslim with the extensive world travel and living in the West, she has devoted herself to spread awareness of Islam as a goodwill gesture. In an effort to do this she started writing from her own personal experiences with religion, beliefs and life in a different culture. She also has special interest in all the religions and how and why they are all important to its followers. Her primary focus is on the co-existence and harmony between all human beings. Her message is to spread peace not division. She strongly believes that if you want to be closer to your creator then love His creation unconditionally and expect nothing in return for He loves us unconditionally and forgives us no matter how sinful we are!

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