Those who are engaged in agriculture, are well acquainted with such insects as locusts. But not everyone knows that this insect is not only harmful to agricultural land, but is also suitable for consumption.
According to Islam, locusts are edible insects for human consumption.
They are eaten in 36 African, 29 Asian and 23 American countries. Moreover, in some countries these insects are considered to be a delicacy, in others they form part of the daily diet.
Specialists from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations agreed with scientists that people should be encouraged to eat locusts. Firstly, crickets and grasshoppers have the same amount of protein as a piece of steak meat. Second, they are much cheaper to grow and require less space.
In many cultures of the world, an insect such as locusts, a protein-rich product, is an important element of daily diet. And now there are already restaurants in Europe that serve the dishes of these insects.
But in China, you can see fried locusts everywhere, which are sold on wooden sticks.
Many people in different parts of the world consider locusts a real disaster. But not Mexicans. In Mexico, especially in its southern regions, in addition to all sorts of tortillas, you will find roasted locusts wrapped in fresh scones.
And if in Mexico you can buy fried insects just from a street vendor’s tray, in other Western countries such dishes are rather a delight that is served in expensive restaurants. For example, some New York restaurants arrange a reception during which locusts are served.
So many people, so many tastes.
The Chinese are humorously talking about their gastronomic tastes: “We eat anything that flies except an airplane, everything that has four legs except a table and chairs. Of course, China is the world’s leading consumer of insects. A lot of people just think about eating this mountain of larvae can be very disgusting.
Many restaurants specialize exclusively in insect-based dishes.
But in Islam everything is strictly regulated and there are strict rules and special etiquette for eating.
In the Holy Qur’an there is an ayat with the following meaning: And it allows to eat all good things and forbids all bad things. (Sura Al-Araf, Ayat 7)
And the meaning of another ayat can be conveyed as follows: (meaning) And there is no other creature on Earth except the Almighty who has taken upon himself to provide it with the necessary portion. (Sura Hood, ayat 6)
Tourists, traveling to different countries, usually try new dishes. But you have to be careful not to shove anything in your mouth. That for the locals absolute daily routine can turn into a disorder of the stomach at best, and at worst – even death, plus, if this food is forbidden, according to the norms of Islam, a person in addition to unpleasant feelings, earns a sin.
If the local cuisine offers meat dishes, do not rush – it is necessary to take into account what country you are in and find out whether the conditions of the standard “Halal” are observed here.
All food should be in accordance with Shariah standards and be obtained by permitted means. A Muslim cannot afford to eat everything he is served, he must know what he can and cannot eat. In most cases, all this exoticism is forbidden to him and is not suitable as food. But Muslims can afford fish and everything else that lives in the sea without restrictions.
Each country has its own special cuisine and a Muslim should take into account the peculiarities of the cuisine of the country he visits when travelling.