April 4, 2010

Nutmeg is a No No

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

 "The answer of the Believers, When summoned to God And His Apostle, in order That he may judge between them, Is no other than this: They say, "We hear and we obey":  It is such as these That will attain felicity." (An Nur : 51)

As Muslims we know that our religion is more than a once a week ritual or a couple fancy holidays a year, rather its a complete way of life. Islam dictates not only how we worship, but also how we dress, how we talk, how we sleep, and even how we eat. We know carrion, pork and alcohol are not permitted in our diet but did you know that nutmeg also falls under that category? That is because nutmeg is an intoxicant when consumed in large amounts and anything that intoxicates in large quantities is forbidden even in smaller quantities. There is a difference of opinion here, but the majority opinion is to be safe and leave it out. It's better to leave the "gray" areas and stick to the clear and safe ways. And remember, do something with a sincere intention and be certain that Allah subhanahu wa t'ala  will put the barakah in your affairs. So those muffins that call for a 1/8 tsp of grated nutmeg? Leave it out for the sake of Allah and insha'allah, they'll be more delicious and filling than any other recipe :)

Fatwa with daleel and explanation can

be found here: Islam Q&A on Nutmeg


  1. Thank you for that advice. That ayah was especially striking and meaningful and so applicable to all the aspects of our lives. May Allah make us of those who hear Allah and His Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) and unflinchingly and unhesitatingly obey and follow to the last word.

  2. I don't know what nutmeg is, but jazakillah for sharing anywaysss! =)

  3. Ginger is also categorized the same way, as a hallucinogen in large amounts. I'm always surprised that it's allowed and nutmeg is not. Is nutmeg listed in the Quran? My friend in Saudi Arabia said it's only a Saudi restriction.


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