Are you a Muslim who is curious about different kinds of food and wondering, “Is kiwi bird halal?”, then you are at the right place! Let’s take a friendly journey to find out more about the kiwi bird and see what the Islamic dietary guidance says about eating this unique bird.
Kiwi birds, simply known as “kiwis,” are small, flightless birds that live only in New Zealand. They can’t fly, but they have a fantastic sense of smell which helps them find yummy food like insects and worms. Imagine having a nose that could find the tastiest snacks!
They belong to a group called Apterygidae and are the tiniest birds that can’t fly. This group also has other big birds that can’t fly, like ostriches and emus.
Kiwis look a bit different from other birds; they have tiny wings and fluffy feathers that feel like hair. They have long noses to help them find food hidden in the ground. These birds love to sleep during the day in cozy places like burrows or hollow logs and come out at night to search for food.
Their feathers are fluffy and hair-like, giving them a unique appearance. Kiwis are also known for their strong sense of smell, which they use to locate prey.
Behavior and Habitat
You will find kiwi birds living happily in various places like forests, scrublands, and grasslands in New Zealand. Some of them even live on small islands near New Zealand’s shores.
Kiwis are nocturnal birds that spend their days sleeping in burrows or hollow logs. They come out at night to forage for food, which consists mainly of insects, worms, and other invertebrates. Kiwis also eat small vertebrates, such as lizards and frogs.
Sadly, the kiwi birds are facing difficult times because their homes are being destroyed and some animals are hunting them. Many kind people are working hard to protect the Kiwis and make sure they have safe places to live.
Kiwi birds are in danger because their homes are being destroyed, and there are animals that weren’t there before now hunting them. People also hunt them too much. To help the kiwi birds, there are plans to keep them safe like getting rid of the animals that hunt them and helping kiwi birds have babies in safe places.
What Does Islam Say About Food?
In Islam, it is important to eat food that is halal, which means it is allowed and safe according to Islamic dietary regulations. Islamic teachings say that eating good and permissible food in Islam is a way to stay healthy and happy. It encourages people to be careful and choose only the foods that are halal.
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.”
Detailed explanations about prohibited food can be found in Surah Al-Maidah verse 3, which states the following.
حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنْزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ بِهِ وَالْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَالْمَوْقُوذَةُ وَالْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَالنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَا أَكَلَ السَّبُعُ إِلَّا مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ
“It is forbidden for you (to eat) carrion, blood, pork (and what) slaughtered in the name of other than Allah, those who are suffocated, those who are beaten, those who fall, those that are gored and are eaten by wild animals, except those that you could slaughter”
[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”
[Hadith Muslim no. 1934]
Is Kiwi Bird Halal?
It is clear that Kiwi is halal based on the hadith above. You are allowed to eat kiwi meat as long as it meets the halal guides on slaughtering animals. It should be treated kindly and prepared properly to be considered halal bird meat.
Even though eating kiwi bird is halal, we need to remember that kiwis are precious and few are left in the world. So, it is a good idea to protect them and choose other kinds of halal foods to enjoy. This way, we take care of the lovely kiwi birds and the beautiful world Allah created.
Wallahu A’lam (Allah knows best)
Is kiwi meat halal according to Islamic dietary law?
Yes, you can, as long as it is treated and prepared following the halal kiwi bird status, which says it should be kind and right according to Islam.
Can I buy kiwi meat in-store?
No, since kiwis are endangered, you can’t find any kiwi meat available for sale anywhere in New Zealand or the rest of the world.
Are there any specific guidelines for preparing kiwi meat to be halal?
There are general guidelines for preparing meat to be halal, which include the following:
- The animal must be slaughtered by a Muslim who pronounces the name of Allah (God) – at the time of slaughter.
- It must be alive at the time of slaughter and must be killed with a sharp knife to ensure a quick and clean cut.
- It must be healthy and free from any diseases or defects.
- The animal must be slaughtered in a way that ensures the blood is completely drained from the body.
- The meat must be handled and prepared in a clean and hygienic manner to avoid contamination from hazardous or haram (prohibited) materials.
These guidelines apply to all types of meat, including kiwi meat. However, kiwi meat is not a common type of meat consumed in Islamic countries.