Food does not just have to be ḥalāl but have characteristics of tayibbaat (plural of tayyab). This is especially important when food is no longer nutritious and in some cases harm human beings when consumed (such as GMO – Genetically Modified Food).
It is important for all mankind (both Muslims and non-Muslims) to consume food that is wholesome and healthy as our created as created bountiful food that is designed to keep us healthy and in some cases even cure us from disease.
The importance of eating good food is made very clear in a multitude of ayahs (verses ) in the Quran such as:
(Note: The importance of good food is for both Muslims and non-Muslims as Islam is for everyone who wants to follow it).
The Quran makes it crystal clear that food needs to be ḥalāl and have characteristics of tayibbaat. In Quran (16:114), it is stated that “ Then eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And be grateful for the favor of Allah, if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.”
Then in Quran (2:168) our creator again reminds us of the importance of ḥalāl and have characteristics of tayibbaat : “O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.”
In Quran (5:4) states: “They ask you, [O Muhammad], what has been made lawful for them. Say, “Lawful for you are [all] good foods and [game caught by] what you have trained of hunting animals which you train as Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of Allah upon it, and fear Allah .” Indeed, Allah is swift in account.”
In the ayah (verse) Quran (5:88), again Allah (SWT) directs us by stating “ And eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And fear Allah, in whom you are believers.”
Similarly in ayah (verse) Quran (7:32), Allah (SWT) directs: “Say, “Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the good [lawful] things of provision?” Say, “They are for those who believe during the worldly life [but] exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.” Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know.”
Quran (23:51) states : “[ Allah said], “O messengers, eat from the good foods and work righteousness. Indeed, I, of what you do, am Knowing.”
Quran (20:81) reminds us: “[Saying], “Eat from the good things with which We have provided you and do not transgress [or oppress others] therein, lest My anger should descend upon you. And he upon whom My anger descends has certainly fallen.”
Written by: Dr. Thamina Anwar