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Islamic Ethics and Prohibitions

QUESTION: Islamic Ethics – Some Prohibitions for Muslims


Along with positive commands (ethical imperatives) Muslims are ruled by a number of ethical prohibitions. The Qur’an prohibits drinking wine (Qur’an 2:219; 4:43; 5:93–94; some Muslims apply this prohibition by analogy to all alcoholic beverages and intoxicating drugs). The Qur’an prohibits eating pork, animals who kill with claws, teeth, or fangs, birds of prey, rodents, reptiles, worms, and dead animals (2:172–173; 5:4–6). Muslims may not eat meat that has not been properly slaughtered, which includes a prayer to Allah at the time of the slaughter. The Qur’an also prohibits gambling (2:219) and sexual immorality.


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