Similarities between the Jewish and Muslim food laws (Kosher and Halal)

The Islamic dietary laws (Halal) and the Jewish dietary laws (Kashrut; in English, kosher) contain both points of similarity and discord. This post will concentrate on the common laws both faiths share.


  • Swine is forbidden (treif / haram)
  • Amphibians are forbidden (treif / haram)
  • Insects are forbidden (treif / haram), however both Jews and Muslims are permitted to eat a small number of specific locust and grasshoppers, but today only a small numbers Jews and Muslims in places like Yemen have retained this tradition.
  • To be kosher, aquatic animals must have scales and fins. Most Muslim schools of thought adhere to the interpretation that all creatures from the ocean or the sea are considered halal. Hanafi Sunnis (who comprise the majority of Muslims) follow essentially the same laws as Kashrut, believing that only fish with scales and fins are halal.  According to Jewish oral law all fish that have scales have fins, thus making all fish with scales kosher and rendering the law essentially the same as dhabiha halal.
  • Predators and birds of prey are forbidden (treif / haram)
  • Gelatin is only kosher / halal if it comes from a permitted animal
  • The consumption of blood is forbidden (treif / haram)


  • The slaughter (shechita / dhabiha) involves cutting across the neck of the animal with a non-serrated blade in one clean attempt in order to sever the main blood vessels.
  • The spinal cord must be avoided during slaughter.
  • The blood must be drained from the animal
  • Any sane adult Jew who knows the proper technique may perform shechita. Similarly, dhabiha can be performed by any “sane adult Muslim… by following the rules prescribed by Shariah”.  All Islamic authorities agree that dhabiha can be performed by Peoples of the Book (Jews and Christians).
  • The Muslim slaughterer must declare “Allah Akbar” and the Jewish slaughterer makes a similar blessing.
  • After slaughter, the animal must be examined to ensure that it is fit for consumption.




3 thoughts on “Similarities between the Jewish and Muslim food laws (Kosher and Halal)

  1. Specific locusts are also permitted in Islam. They may not be common but are eaten in specific places where it has been traditional to do so like Yemen.

  2. “Gelatin is only kosher / halal if it comes from a permitted animal”

    Not so fast. I don’t know about Islamic schools, but Sephardic tradition has always held that gelatin consists of devar hadash, and therefore the kashrut of the source animal is unimportant. It’s actually one of the biggest disputes between Sephardim (e.g. Dannon yogurt) and Ashkenazi-dominated kashrut agencies, today.

  3. Jews and Muslims and Israel

    ” The jews are the peoples who were living in Islamic countries and nations since when the other nations and peoples hated them, the Roman and Christian persecuted them, The jews were not allowed to enter into the city of Jerusalem in the Roman and later in the Christian Era, but it were muslims who allowed them in Jerusalem, The III rd Caliph Hz. Umar Bin Khattab (RA) and Sultan Salahoddin Ayyubi allowed them to worship in jerusalem, and the Jews were living a prosperous life in the islamic Empire, the turks treated them with nicely, and the Jews flourished in Islamic era, they learned science, medicine, engineering in Islamic Era only, but at last in the beginning of 20 th century Muslims and Jews became victims of the British conspiracy and Muslims started hating them for the small piece of land”.
    The Land which According to Quran “was for the Jews”.

    Perhaps This is One of the the biggest mistake of Muslims.
    The peoples who had persecuted the jews since millenia became their friends, took hold of their scientific knowledge, developed atomic energy from
    the scientific research of jewish scientists, and the peoples who had given the jews shelter for one thousand years in islamic countries became their enemies, this is biggest conspiracy against muslims and jews together.
    The British and the Americans and their Christian allies identified the jewish scientists very early and sided with them covertly and sewed the seed of hatred in the hearts of these two children of Abraham.
    The peoples who helped and sheltered helpless the jews for complate one thousand years in Islamic Empire and the Jews who lived in the Islamic countries fell prey to the satanic conspiracy, now Arab muslims and Israeli Jews are fighting each other because they both have same DNA and brains, they could not realize the conspiracy behind this sewn hatred, the Jewish scientific knowledge has been Stolen and looted by the satanic European allies, and the allies realized the fact, that if muslims and jews who had been favoured and obliged by the muslims became friends then the new atomic knowledge will pass to the ottoman empire and then the ottomans will once again become invincible.

    But muslims and Jews both did not realize the satanic conspiracy and for a piece of land both parties became enemies of each other, the jews had never seen any land since millenia, so they became obsessed even for a very small piece of land and the muslims other hand think at that time that the British are the real friends of Muslims and Islam.

    The peoples who Sheltered in difficult times became enemy and those peoples who persecuted the Jews stollen the Fruits of science and technology from the hands of the jews.
    The jews, other hand became happy with a torn apart and small piece of land, the example of the jews is just like an infant who becomes quiet when some body inserts a honey nipple (Toothie) in his mouth.

    And this mistake of Muslims is now became Nasoor of Ummate Rasool Allah (SM), this mistake is the root cause of every cause and problem of muslims, the British sowed a poisonous seed in the heart of Muslims, and now every blame of terrorism and every bad thing is the result of this poisonous seed or its germination.”

    Now every act of terrorism and every bad thing is created by the enemies of Islam and blamed on muslims, because muslims and jews are enemies, so they can do it.
    The present time is not for hatred and enemity, but the present time is to realize the conspiracy and the present time is for peace and justice.
    We must forgive each other and we must remember the favors and we must live with wise thinking and in friendship and with confidence.

    Now we must realize it, and we must understand it.

    Engg. Ishrat Hussain Mohammad

Similarities between the Jewish and Muslim food laws (Kosher and Halal)