An Egyptian journalist sparked a state of anger on social media, after he asked a question about the legality of eating horse and donkey meat, indicating that it is sold and eaten in many parts of the world, according to the website. "Al Jazeera" .
After a Pakistani butcher was caught selling horse meat to citizens in Dakahlia Governorate, broadcaster Tamer Amin said – in a comment on his program on one of the local Egyptian channels on Wednesday – " Why don’t we eat horse and donkey meat?".
Amin added: "Horse and donkey meat is sold and eaten in many countries of the world, including developed ones, and horse meat is one of the very expensive dishes in Paris, and they say it is very healthy and safe.".
And he went on "I do not want to issue a fatwa, but I believe that it is halal, and there is nothing in our religious law that prohibits eating horse and donkey meat".
A campaign by the Directorate of Supply and Internal Trade in Dakahlia Governorate seized a Pakistani butcher slaughtering a horse to sell it to citizens at 160 pounds per kilo, as the slaughtered meat and two heads of two horses were seized.
And the media’s statements sparked a state of anger among the pioneers of social networking sites, as they denounced this call.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Karima, a professor of comparative jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University, said that there is a consensus among Muslim jurists on the prohibition of eating the meat of domestic asses (that is, those that live with a person and use them in his life), and added: "Whoever wants to be complimented should not be complimented at the expense of Islamic law".
Egypt is witnessing a gradual rise in the prices of meat, which ranged between 270 and 280 pounds two weeks ago, with prices varying between high-end and popular areas, while prices are expected to exceed 300 pounds (about $10) with the advent of Ramadan.
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