What is Halal ? This is the question which will arise to us whenever we see the words ‘We only Serve Halal Foods’, ‘100% certified Halal Food’ in some restaurants.
Many Non-Muslims doesn’t have any idea what is that mean by. Many think that it is a different cooking method of non-veg foods and also it is just a quality certification.
But it is something a Religious belief and has been followed by Muslims strictly all over the world.
What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic word which means lawful & permitted to use. Haram is exact opposite to Halal which means by forbidden and restricted to use.
Halal and Haram are like two faces of a coin. Both are universal truth and are applied to every aspect of our life.
In Islam, these words are commonly used for food products, pharmaceutical products, cosmetic products and food processing materials.
Halal food are products are those which are permitted to use and are not Haram according to Islamic law (sharia law).
What are Halal Foods?
All foods are considered as Halal foods except those which are Haram, restricted as per the Qur’an, the holy book of Muslims.
Muslims believed in Only One God, the Allah. Allah created plants and Animal as a gift to his followers.
Muslims eat to maintain a strong and healthy body so that they can contribute their knowledge and power for the welfare of the world. They do eat to live and not live to eat.
They do follow strict rules like Halal in order to maintain a healthy life.
All animals are considered as Halal except
- Animals which are not slaughtered by Islamic law.
- Pigs and Dogs
- Carnivorous animals like lion tiger, bear and other similar animals.
- Birds with claws which kills their prey
Animals that are living in water like fish, crabs, prawns are permitted to eat except some like frogs, alligators and some poisonous animals.
All plants are considered as Halal except which are not good for human consumption and are intoxicated.
Islam forbids the intake of alcoholic and intoxicating drinks such as wines and alcoholic beers.
However, in case of any emergency and in need of necessity, these laws must be broken as Islam gives priority over life to death. Refer Qur’an Chapter 2:173 (Al Baqarah).
Islamic slaughter rules
Life is sacred blessing for all creations. If a life of an animal has to be end for a human, it must be accordance with the Islamic rules and regulations.
An animal’s life should be taken in the name God only. Therefore, while slaughtering the animal, the words ‘Bismillah Allahu Akbar’ (In the name of God, Allah is great) has to be uttered.
Halal animals are slaughtered to express respects to them. The act of slaughtering must assure the animal suffer minimal pain as possible.
All forms of Islamic slaughtering must comply with the following rules and regulations:
- A sane adult Muslim must do the slaughter
- Only the permissible animals according to Sharia law must be slaughtered.
- The animal should be alive and a dead animal is haram.
- The animal must be slaughtered only using a sharp knife.
- Cut should be made in a clean and continuous movement and the knife should not be lifted.
- The windpipe (throat), food-tract (oesophagus) and the two jugular veins must be cut.
- Spinal cord of the animal should not be cut on any cause or else it will be haram.
- Knife must not be sharpened in front of the animal and it should be free from flaws, so that the cut should not tear the wound.
- Animal must be well treated and it should not see other animals before slaughter. So usually, it eyes will be closed.
- Animal should be allowed to completely bleed out and after that only skinning and cutting of parts should be done.
- Bismillah Allahu Akbar should be definitely uttered while slaughter or else the meat will be haram.
- Any instrument which are used to slaughter pigs are prohibited and even the halal animals should not be slaughtered in the same place where non-halal animals slaughtered.
It is experimented and proven that the animals slaughtered as per Islamic law suffers a minimal pain and this way of slaughtering is considered as a most humane method of slaughter.
Halal for Healthy life
Islam preaches us a good way of living and its principles tells us how to live in a correct way in all aspects of life. As food is very important for our life, this halal gives us a healthy body and a happy life. Allahu Akbar.