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Old 10-31-2017, 12:36 AM   #1
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Do bahais have to eat 'lawful' meat

Bahaullah says we must invoke the name of God before hunting or the meat is unlawful? Is this just regarding hunting? I'm confused weather this means I can't eat meat from a hunter who has not invoked the name of God before hunting. Or is this just if you hunt with beasts birds or prey ...

"If ye should hunt with beasts or birds of prey, invoke ye the Name of God when ye send them to pursue their quarry; for then whatever they catch shall be lawful unto you, even should ye find it to have died."
 
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:51 AM   #2
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I think this can be compared to the law where Baha'u'llah states that music is allowed. In the case of music, there are many Muslims that believe that music was forbidden by Muhammad, so Baha'u'llah sought to explicitly clarify that music is allowed.

For the Laws of Islam and Judaism regarding meat, the laws stated that you cannot eat something that is dead when it is found by humans. EI, a human has to witness the killing.

This dietary law existed to prevent us from getting horrible illnesses from consuming rotting flesh. I assume the law still exists, given the quote.

But for Islam and Judaism, this creates a sort of moral grey area when it comes to falconry and hunting dogs. If you loose your falcon, it will go off and kill the prey.

But when you get to where the bird has landed, the prey is already dead. Thus by a strict understanding of Islam's dietary laws, the meat would be unlawful to eat.

It's worth noting that Islamic societies in the Asian steppes, like the Kazakhs, generally interpret Islam's rules in a different way to allow eating the products of such hunting (because hunting with eagles is a big part of Kazakh culture).

However, since the whole point is to avoid consuming rotten flesh, and since the animal killed when you send out a hunting bird is freshly killed, there is no real reason one should be unable to eat the animal killed by a hunting eagle or falcon.

And for this reason, Baha'u'llah clarifies that hunting in such a manner is allowed: "If ye should hunt with beasts or birds of prey, invoke ye the Name of God when ye send them to pursue their quarry; for then whatever they catch shall be lawful unto you, even should ye find it to have died."
 
Old 11-01-2017, 11:00 AM   #3
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No. You can eat meat you buy at a store or restaurant for example,


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