Fatwa ID: 02923
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Imad Ali
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Is Horse meat allowed in Islam?
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) is of the opinion that consuming horse meat is Makruh Tanzihi due to its honour and due to the fact that a horse is needed in wars and battles. Imam Abu Yusuf (RA) and Imam Muhammad (RA) consider it to be halal and it is said that Imam Abu Hanifah (RA) retreated to this opinion. Therefore, it will be permissible to consume, although best to avoid.
(Hidayah p.441 v.4)
Only Allah knows best.
Written by Moulana Muhammad Imad Ali
Darul Ifta Birmingham