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Eating meals offered in university dorms. Is it permissible?

I am travelling to the US for studying and I'm going to stay in the dorms of the university. They provide a meal plan to the students with a weekly menu. I won't be able to know the components or the ingredients of each dish offered, so I might eat something by mistake that is not Halal. Also can I eat chicken?

Answer

The general ruling in eating the slaughtered animals of the people of divine scriptures is the permissibility. Allah the Almighty says in the Quran, “This day [all] good foods have been made lawful, and the food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them….(5:5)
Therefore, the original state of the food of the people of the Book is the permissibility and thus you are allowed to eat the chicken they offer without ascertaining the lawful way of its slaughtering as these animals are either slaughtered mechanically or manually by either a Muslim or by a person from the people of the Book. When it comes to meat, the same ruling applies except that you just need to make sure that the meat offered is not pork as it is prohibited to eat. Otherwise any kind of meat offered is lawful for you to eat without exhausting yourself with further investigations and scrutiny.

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