Muslims are allowed to eat what is "good" (Qur'an 2:168) - that is, what is pure, clean, wholesome, nourishing, and pleasing to the taste. In general, everything is allowed (halal) except what has been specifically forbidden.
Foods not permitted
- Pork and its by-products e.g. gelatin, lipase, pepsin
- Meat from animals not slaughtered according to the Islamic dietary law
- Alcohol and foods prepared with alcohol e.g. candies and cakes that include alcohol such as rum cake
- Foods made with pure or artificial vanilla extract (vanilla is prepared with alcohol)
- Foods containing blood and blood by-products e.g. blood pudding
- Foods made with any of the following: whey prepared with non-microbial enzyme, rennet, animal shortening, monoglycerides and diglycerides from an animal source, sodium stearoyl-lactylate, L-cysteine.
For further information visit The Muslim Food Board