Islamic concepts

farsh — meat


The Prophet himself ate very little meat. He subsisted on a mostly vegetarian diet of dates, barley and other similar things. He considered meat to be a luxury and an item for more special occasions. He once called it “the master of food.” He also wamed his followers about it, saying, “Beware of meat, for it can be as addictive as wine.” (Muwatta) Early Muslims used to call meat a na ’eem, or luxury food. Once, ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab noticed a man who bought meat everyday in the market. He confronted him about it and told him that he was afraid that he would become like those who lost their good deeds in this world by taking too much luxury (na ’eem) from the world (dunya). ‘Umar even issued an edict during his rule that prohibited people from eating meat every day. He used to say to those who consumed too much meat, “It would be better for you if you tucked your stomach in and let other people eat.” (Muwatta) Also see 5:3-5 where the forbidden foods are mentioned in detail. (Emerick)