Is Emu Halal To Eat?

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Are you wondering “Is emu halal?” The emu is a large, flightless bird native to Australia that is often farmed for its meat, oil, and leather. For those following Islamic dietary laws, the question of whether emu is halal or not can arise. In this article, we will explore the topic of emu in relation to halal and haram, and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

Key Takeaways

📌 About Emu: Emus are large birds from Australia, often raised for their meat, oil, and leather.
📌 Islamic Dietary Rules: Muslims are encouraged to eat food that’s good for their health and is lawful. Some foods, like carrion, blood, and pork, are not allowed.
📌 Emu and Halal: Emu is generally considered halal because it doesn’t have sharp claws and isn’t a wild beast.

About Emu

The emu is a flightless bird that is native to Australia. It is the second-largest living bird by height, after the ostrich, standing up to meters tall. Emus have long necks and legs and can run at speeds of up to 50 km/h. They are herbivores, feeding on a variety of plants, fruits, and seeds.

Emus have been farmed in Australia for their meat, which is low in fat and high in protein. The meat is often compared to beef in taste and texture and can be used in a variety of dishes such as burgers, sausages, and steaks. Emu oil, which is extracted from the fat of the bird, is also used for its anti-inflammatory properties in skin care products and medicines.

While emu meat and oil are gaining popularity in many parts of the world, the question of whether they are halal or haram is an important one for Muslims.

General Ruling About Food

Islamic teachings dictate that the default state for food is halal or permissible for consumption. The Quran encourages Muslims to consume food that is lawful and beneficial for their well-being.

However, Allah has given specific guidelines in the Quran and through the hadiths, which are accounts of the Prophet Muhammad’s words and actions, regarding haram or forbidden foods. These teachings offer clear instructions on the types of food that Muslims should avoid eating.

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ كُلُوا۟ مِمَّا فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ حَلَـٰلًۭا طَيِّبًۭا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ خُطُوَٰتِ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنِ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّۭ مُّبِينٌ

“O humanity! Eat from what is lawful and good on the earth and do not follow Satan’s footsteps. He is truly your sworn enemy.”
Al-Baqarah 2:168

Detailed explanations about prohibited food can be found in Surah Al-Maidah verse 3, which states the following.

حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَيْتَةُ وَٱلدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ ٱلْخِنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ ٱللَّهِ بِهِۦ وَٱلْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَٱلْمَوْقُوذَةُ وَٱلْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَٱلنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَآ أَكَلَ ٱلسَّبُعُ إِلَّا مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى ٱلنُّصُبِ

Forbidden to you are carrion, blood, and swine; what is slaughtered in the name of any other than Allah; what is killed by strangling, beating, a fall, or by being gored to death; what is partly eaten by a predator unless you slaughter it; and what is sacrificed on altars.
Al-Maidah 5:3

Prohibited food includes carrion, blood, pork, and meat slaughtered in the name of other than Allah. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  also describes very well about prohibited animals.

كُلُّ ذِي نَابٍ مِنَ السِّبَاعِ فَأَكْلُهُ حَرَامٌ

Narrated Abu Hurairah that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  (peace be upon Him) said :
“Every beast with fangs is forbidden to eat”
Hadith Muslim no. 1933
عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ نَهَىرَسُولُ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- عَنْ كُلِّ ذِى نَابٍ مِنَ السِّبَاعِوَعَنْ كُلِّ ذِى مِخْلَبٍ مِنَ الطَّيْرِ

“From Ibnu Abbas said: “The Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, forbade from every wild animal that has sharp teeth and claws (predators)”
Hadith Muslim no. 1934

Is Emu Halal?

According to the arguments above, it is clear that emu is classified as a halal (permissible) animal. Since it doesn’t have sharp claws and it’s not a wild (beast) animal.

Find out more: Is eagle halal in Islam?

Final Thought

In conclusion, the emu is generally considered halal by most Islamic scholars, as long as it is slaughtered and processed in accordance with halal guidelines. If you are a Muslim who is interested in trying emu meat or other products, it is important to ensure that the emu has been raised and processed in a halal manner. By doing so, you can enjoy the unique taste and health benefits of this fascinating bird without compromising your dietary beliefs.

Wallahu A’lam (Allah knows best)


Is emu egg halal?

Yes. Since emu is categorized as a halal animal, you can safely eat emu eggs too.

Is emu meat halal?

Yes, emu meat is halal as long as it follows halal guidance on slaughtering animals.

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