The Halal Concept
The word “Halal” Literally means permissible and in translation, it is usually used as
lawful. Opposite to Halal is Haram, which means unlawful or forbidden. With today’s
manufacturing and food production, it is hard to know what goes in the food we eat. Food
labeling helps, but not everything is listed, and what is listed is often a mystery.
In reference to food, it is dietary standard, as prescribed in the Quran the Muslim
scripture. General Quranic guidance dictates that all foods are Halal except those that are
specifically mentioned as Haram (unlawful or prohibited). Islam is the natural way of
life. Its economical system is just; its social system is based on cooperation and
brotherhood; its political system is based on consultation and dietary laws are very
simple and beneficial for all the humanity.
The life of the Muslim revolves around the concept of Halal. A Muslim must consume
Halal food and drink.
Definition of a few important terms :
The Holy Koran is the book of Islam; it includes the words of God revealed to the prophet and messenger of Islam Mohammed by the archangel Gabriel. This revelation extends over a period of twenty-three years.
The term Halal means permitted, lawful, which is authorized by the Islamic law.
The term Haram is the opposite of Halal, it means unlawful, prohibited by the Islamic law.
The term Mushbooh means questionable, doubtful (needs more investigation)
Sources of the Islamic law are the Koran, the prophetic tradition (Hadiths) and religious opinions (from experts or recognized Muslim scholars).
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And eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And fear Allah , in whom you are believers.”
Surat Al-Mā'idah (The Table Spread)
- سورة المائدة