Explore the rules and regulations surrounding halal food and the practice of other religions in Saudi Arabia, as well as the related implications for Arabs and tourists.
Is there non-halal food in Saudi Arabia?
RIYADH — The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has reaffirmed that all food sold in the Kingdom is halal.
Can Arabs eat non-halal food?
Foods which are not considered halal for Muslims to consume include blood and intoxicants such as alcoholic beverages. A Muslim who would otherwise starve to death is allowed to eat non-halal food if there is no halal food available.
Can Muslims eat food that is not halal certified?
It is a religious obligation for all Muslims to consume only food that is Halal. Muslims can consume food that is prepared and/or sold by non-Muslims as long as the ingredients and processes are Halal.
Can tourists eat pork in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi law prohibits alcoholic beverages and pork products in the country as they are considered to be against Islam. Those violating the law are handed harsh punishments.
Can you bring a Bible to Saudi Arabia?
Religion. The public practice of any form of religion other than Islam is illegal; as is an intention to convert others. However, the Saudi authorities accept the private practice of religions other than Islam, and you can bring a religious text into the country as long as it is for your personal use.
Can I wear a cross in Saudi Arabia?
Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are not prohibited, as long as they’re just used privately. These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others, although the government’s stated policy was that such items were allowed for private religious purposes.