• Iswandi Harahap Burhanuddin Kulliyyah of Syariah and Laws, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah 09300 Kuala Ketil Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia
  • Abdul Salam Muhamad Shukri Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Science (KIRKHS), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Jalan Gombak, 53100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Mohd Bakri Abu Bakar Faculty of Education & Social Sciences, Universiti Selangor, Bestari Jaya Campus, Jalan Timur Tambahan, 45600 Bestari Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
  • Mualimin Mochammad Sahid Faculty of Syariah and Law, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, 71800, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Abdul Rahman Adam Head Halal Office, SATS Food Services Pte. Ltd., 234 Pandan Loop, Singapore



Cultured meat, haram, halal, alteration of God’s creation


Meat comprises of important nutrients for human body. As population of human increases, the demand for meat also keeps increasing. Therefore, a new alternative is introduced by inventing a cultured meat obtained from the outer side of the animal's body and became the rumours in the 1930s. In spite of that, the idea of cultured meat invention was only realized in 2013 by a Dutch scientist which was invented a burger-shaped cultured beef. However, this invention did not exist in the time of the Prophet, his companions and the tābi'īn and it becomes a polemic among the Muslim community regarding of its halal status nowadays. The existence of cultured meat in the current society needs a clear explanation and procedure in fiqh because it is one of the new discoveries in food industry. This study is important as to provide a good understanding and new knowledge to the Muslim society. A clear fiqh approaches will give guidelines to the society whether considering it as a staple or alternative diet. Otherwise, they may avoid to consume cultured meat product as a precaution from haram and uncertainty (shubhah) and also may ensure of the purity of soul abreast with the main objective in sufism’s live. This study used qualitative descriptive research method by analyzing some previous studies as secondary sources that have been recorded elsewhere, processed, printed and disseminated to the public. The results found that cultured meat is a new discovery in Malaysia. Although the original law for this cultured meat is halal law, if it does not meet the shariah principles and criteria, it is considered haram. This review paper highlights on the halal status of cultured meat from fiqh and sufism in terms of the transformative form of Allah’s creation. Based on the primary sources of fiqh and sufism, the status of cultured meat is considered halal provided if in the condition of shortage of meat is affected the needs of population and also it causes no harm to people to consume as to enhance the prosperity of human beings. Further research must also be done to verify that it is also tayyiban and fulfils the maqasid in Islamic nutrition and the effects of consumption to consumers.


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How to Cite

Burhanuddin, I. H., Muhamad Shukri, A. S., Abu Bakar, M. B., Mochammad Sahid, M., & Adam, A. R. (2023). CULTURED MEAT: AN APPRAISAL FROM THE FIQH AND SUFI VIEWS OF MUSLIM SCHOLARS . Malaysian Journal of Syariah and Law, 11(1), 14–30.