In Islam, besides prayer and other religious activities, eating is respected as a matter of worship of God. Muslim like any other human eat to maintain good health.
Eating Halal is not only a religion governed rules and manners, but also away of life and they reflect Islamic ideals and values.
Islam shows mercy towards people in that whenever it forbids something, it provides a better substitute with which to replace it. For example Islam forbids usury but allows profitable business. Islam forbids gambling but allows winning prices in contests of racing, wrestling etc.
Islam forbids adultery but urges Muslims to marry as soon as they can support a family. Islam bans drinking of alcohol but permits all other good and healthy drinks. Islam forbids what is bad in food but allows what is good and nourishing.
In Arabic language, Halal ( or Halaal ) is a Qur’anic word meaning anything that’s lawful, legal, licit, legitimate, permissible, allowable, permitted, admissible, authorised, unforbidden, or acceptable to all aspects of daily life and betterment of social context.
The word ” Halaal ” is associated with the word “good “. This is clearly stated I Qur’an:
“O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of sheitan ( satan ). Verily he is to you an open enemy. “
Within Islamic religion, a strong emphasis is placed on cleanliness – spiritually and in the contexts of food and drinks.
For food or drink products to be approved for consumption, it must conform to the Islamic dietary laws as specified in the Quran, or in the Hadith (saying of the prophet Muhammad), his Sunnah (tradition) and in the Fiqh (understanding) of the Islamic Jurists: Hanafi, Shafi, Malic and Hambal.
In food, the term is mostly commonly used in the narrower context of Muslim dietary laws.
Islam has laid down very important guidelines, especially where Halaal meat and paultry are concerned.
– whether the consumption of the foodstuff is prohibited by Allah.
– whether the Halaal food is obtained through Halaal or Haram means.
– whether or not the material is harmful to health.
There are several factors that determine the Halaal/Haram status of a particular product. Among others, it is dependent on its nature, how it was processed and where it originated from.
There are mainly two terms that mean Islamic prohibition or restriction on food: Halaal and Haram.
Remember, Halal can be eaten by non Muslims- however Muslims will only