Hi, i would like to enquire if it is halal to consume non-halal chicken or beef for eg at KFC or McDonalds in a non muslim country like in the US where Halal meat is scarce as long as we recite bismillah before eating?

Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

Animals must be slaughtered according to Islamic ritual for their meat to be permissible. It is not permissible to consume non-halal meat from such restaurants. Reciting the “basmalah” over carrion does not make it permissible.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yaqub Abdurrahman