Can Muslims eat beef?

Are you a foodie who loves to eat all types of food?

Here’s a type that could interest you – Beef!

Beef is the culinary name for meat from cattle. Humans have been eating beef since prehistoric times. It’s a source of high-quality protein and nutrients.

It can be cut into certain parts – roasts, short ribs or steak (filet mignon, sirloin steak, rump steak, rib steak, rib eye steak, hanger steak, etc.), while other cuts are processed (corned beef or beef jerky).

It sure tastes yummy when cooked properly.

Now here’s a question, can everybody eat beef? – like there are vegetarian who wouldn’t eat it for the world! Then there are the non vegetarians who would love to eat it. But some non vegetarians don’t eat beef according to their religion’s prophecy.

Many Hindus particularly Brahmins who are complete vegetarians – don’t eat meat but many of those who eat meat abstain from eating beef. Especially in north and west India as cow is known as sacred to them. The Christians eat all kinds of meat except for the ones who have adopted a policy of Christian vegetarianism. Christians of the Seventh-day Adventist tradition generally avoid eating meat and hence all these above categories refrain themselves from consuming beef.

Now can a Muslim eat beef?

Muslims say that eating beef is the essential part of their festival named Bakra-Id. For those who do not know the truth behind this festival, read ahead.

It was on one day that god decided to test the faith of Abraham and so God commanded Him to sacrifice his son. Abraham being a Prophet of God willingly accepted the command. He was shocked to see that where he expected to see His son’s body lifeless, he saw a dead ram instead. His son was standing hail and healthy for God delivered him back from death.

This is the origin behind the slaughtering of the animals in Muslim religion. It’s a way of showing their faith in The Almighty. Muslim performs animal sacrifice and offer prayers to mark this festival.

So yes a Muslim can eat beef.

But there are some ground rules for Muslims to enjoy their beef. In their religion if meat is slaughtered in accordance to Islam tradition – i.e. the slaughterer must kill the animal by cutting its throat in a swift, merciful way and the carcass must be bled completely, then they can consume beef. Letting the blood drain out results in less fluid in meat, which results in healthy meat having no or very less micro organisms in the product. The more the meat is better – the healthier it is!

In Islam healthier food is always advised and preferred. In the light of this fact let us look at the nutrient values of beef. A 3 ounce clean and properly cooked beef contains excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium, and phosphorus etc.

All of these nutrients have a large impact in our bodies. For example protein helps build bones stronger, muscles, cartilage and skin. Zinc boosts the immune system which helps us fight diseases. Phosphorus helps with the teeth and bone formation and etc.

Even with these benefits, it is important to select the lean cuts in redder and less of marbling. After removing excess fats, cook it in a healthier and tasty way like grilling, baking or broiling. This will result in a healthy and tasty meal.

If you are a Muslim and want to know good places in India to taste beef, read further.

Some places in India like Daman and Diu do not allow the slaughtering of cows and even if they do allow, they give the permission for old and sick cows and that too for medical purposes. Whereas, in states like Kerala, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal and Nagaland – the slaughtering of cattle is allowed with no certification required.

Kerala is known as a beef-friendly state. Beef is not banned and neither the slaughtering is banned. You will also enjoy the roadside dishes like beef-fry and beef-chili in this state.

So if you are a Muslim and want to have beef – then go ahead! There is nothing stopping you!