Egyptians living in Belgium are awaiting a religious edict from Al-Azhar on whether it is prohibited for Muslims to eat fish that have been fed pork fat protein. The European Union recently approved legislation allowing EU fish farmers to use fat proteins from animals including pigs starting in June.
The decision has triggered alarm among Muslim communities living in Europe and prompted Islamic organizations in Brussels, the Belgian capital, to ask religious institutions to issue an official fatwa. Islam bans Muslims from consuming port products as the mean is "unclean."
Gharib Radwan, an Egyptian driver living in Brussels, said, "It is very crucial [to have a decision] and we trust Islamic organizations in Egypt [will rule] on the matter."