What Is Halal Food ?

In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu’ran, and the traditions of the holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),  Muslim followers cannot consume the following:

Halal foods-5v  Pork or pork by products

v  Animals that were dead prior to slaughtering

v  Animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of allah

v  Blood and blood by products

v  Alcohol

v  Carnivorous animals

v  Birds of prey

v  Land animals without external ears

These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, meaning forbidden in Arabic.

In Quran in Surah  AL-Maidah (V), Ayat-3(part), it is stated that :

Forbidden to you is carrion , blood and flesh of swine

And dedication over which except Allah’s name has been given

And the animal that has been strangled , or beaten to death or killed by falling

Or gored to death or savaged by a beast while preying

 Except that you have sacrificed (in proper manner)

And also (forbidden) are all that has been slaughtered on idolatrous altars

Meat- An Essential Part of Human Food

Meat is essential for sound human health, and provides several essential nutrients , like

Halal foods-2(a)  Proteins

(b)  Essential Amino acids

(c)  Mineral elements

(d)  Vitamins

Meat is subject to spoilage by

(a)  Chemical Reactions

(b)  Bio-chemical reactions

(c)  Biological agents, including bacteria and moulds

According to the Islamic Law (Shariah) unless the Halal (Lawful) animals are slaughtered ritually, their meat does not become Halal for Muslims. The method of slaughtering , in Islam, is based on certain clear guidelines found in the Holy Quran, the Sunnah and the traditions practised by the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet)

And is responsible for many food-borne diseases. Hence meat be produced so as to

(a)  Minimize Chemical and bio-chemical changes.

(b)  Prevent chances of microbial contamination and growth

(c)  Preserve quality

Quran and holy Prophet (PBUH) has clearly defined a path of slaughtering animals, by specific method and people, which results in the best produced meat.

Meat is subject to spoilage by:

(a)  Chemical reactions

(b)  Bio-Chemical reactions

(c)  Biological agents, including bacteria and moulds

(d)  Responsible for food-borne diseases

Hence meat be produced that :

(a)  Minimizes Chemical and bio-chemical changes

(b)  Prevents Chances of microbial contamination and growth

(c)  Preserve quality

 Thus it is the Halal slaughtering of the meat, which is considered to provide the best results.

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