Quran and Halaal

Most Things are Halaal and Taahir

{هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُمْ مَا فِي الْأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا} [البقرة: 29]

Translation:

“It is He who created for you all that the earth contains.”

Brief Commentary and Interpretation:

In this Aayah (i.e. verse of the Holy Quran), ALLAH TA’ALA has mentioned one of His blessings: whatever He has created in the universe is for the benefit of human beings. The earth itself is a great blessing; for it is the place where human beings spend their lives. Besides this, it contains countless and immeasurable treasures, including animals, plants, minerals, etc. Some of these things are used as they are and some are utilized as raw materials for manufacturing various products. However, one can benefit from all these blessings on the condition that they are utilized in compliance with the Shariah teachings.

 

In his comments on this Aayah, Ibn-e- Ataa رحمۃ اللہ علیہ says: “ALLAH TA’ALA has created the whole universe for you so that it serves you and you surrender yourself to ALLAH. The thing created for a man will certainly reach him. Therefore, a wise man should not be negligent of ALLAH - for whom he has been created - by hankering after the worldly things (Al-Bahr-ul-Moheet).”

It is from this Aayah that many Muslim Jurists have deduced the following Fiqh principle:
الاصل فی الاشیاء الاباحۃ

This principle means that all the things in the world are Halaal and Taahir (pure) unless we have an irrefutable proof against it. For example, water will be considered Halaal and Taahir unless it is proved irrefutably that it is Haraam or Najis (impure).