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01 November 2011

What does HALAL means to Non-Muslims?

What is Halal? why Muslims are so specific about "Halal" of their food, what are the benefits of Halal? and will it benefit me?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited , this term restrict only for food but it carries varies range of areas such as Finance, Market, Dressing, etc... here are focusing to learn what is Halal food and what does it mean to Non-Muslims.

All foods are considered halal except the following (which are haram):
  •     Swine/Pork and its by-products [Read more on WHY PORK IS PROHIBITED ]
  •     Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
  •     Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
  •     Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
  •     Foods contaminated with any of the above products

Choosing an animal for slaughtering

The animals that have the following defects cannot be slaughtered

01- Blindness in both or one eye.

02-A third or more of an ear cut off.

03-Total lameness of one or more legs. (However, if the animal is partially lame or the leg is not so severely injured and it is able to walk with it although limping, then the animal is valid for sacrifice.)

04-An extremely emaciated and weak animal.

05-The majority of teeth have fallen out. If the of teeth which have fallen out are greater than the number of remaining teeth, the animal is not valid for sacrifice.

06-An animal born without ears.

07-A horn broken off at the base or root. if the horn is only partially broken off, the animal is valid for sacrifice.

The Life Of The Animal

The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain. It should not be confined to an area where it cannot move or walk normally or get fresh air. It should be fed clean water and food that is appropriate and absolutely never fed another animal or products that contain the by-products of other animals.

The Sacrifice Of The Animal

As an animal should be treated well during its life, it should also be treated well at the time it is sacrificed for us.

The slaughter should never be done in the presence of other animals and the animal should be made comfortable as it is positioned for the sacrifice.

The act of the sacrifice should be done with a sharp object, so as to accelerate the process and reduce the pain suffered by the animal as much as possible.*

Read more : Scientists Prove that the Islamic method of slaughtering Animals feel no pain

Healthier Food 

(Afterwords) the blood should be completely drained from the animal. It is the blood that carries toxins, germs and bacteria and when left inside the body of the animal, could potentially make people sick. At the very least, it could make the cooked meat quite tough. An amazing result of cooking and consuming halal meat is a healthy meat in which the resulting texture is tender and the meat delicious. Some people say they can “taste the difference”.

In short: Halal Food means to Non-Muslims

For an animal to go from farm to table as halal food, it must have lived a pure life from the very beginning, finishing a cycle of life that is permissible in accordance with Islamic standards. It must have eaten well, been treated well, and been sacrificed well.

"It is not their meat nor their blood, that reaches God: it is your piety that reaches Him" [Quran 22:37]


If you find your food is HALAL certified, you can trust the food is clean & healthier for your consumption

Here are some recognized local and international HALAL certifying bodies

AFRICANational Independent Halal Trust
5770 Topaas and Turquise St. Lenasia Ext 5 1820
South African National Halal Authority
2nd Floor, 45 Hopelands Road, Durban Overport,
Durban 4000
ARGENTINAThe Halal Catering Argentina
San Nicolas 1061 - (1407) Buenos Aires
AUSTRALIAAdelaide Mosque Islamic Society of South Australia
20, Little Gilbert Street, Adelaide S.A 5000
Australian Halal Food Services
P.O. Box 6009, Logan Central, Queensland 4114
Halal-Sadiq Services
25, Alexander Drive, Mount Lawley, WA 6050
Islamic Association of Geraldton
Geraldton Mosque, 172 George Road, Geraldton,
Western Australia 6530
Islamic Association of Katanning Inc.
P.O. Box 270 Katanning, Western Australia 6317
Islamic Coordinating Council of Australia
173, Johnston St., Collingwood, Victoria
Islamic Co-ordinating Council of Victoria
155 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Victoria 3057
Supreme Islamic Council of New Halal Meat in Australia
Unit 2, 4B, Picken Street, Silverwater N.S.W (Sydney) 2128
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Inc.
932, Bourke Street, Zetland, Sydney, N.S.W 2017
AFIC Queensland Branch
30, Renoir Crescent, Forest Lake, Queensland 4077
The Islamic Council of Western Australia
7, Melvern Road, Rivervale, WA 6103
Islamic Society of South Australia
658, Marion Road, ParkHolme, S.A 5043
The Perth Mosque of Western Australia Incorporated
427-429, William Street, P.O. Box 106, Aberdeen Street,
Perth W.A 6001
BRAZILFederation of Muslims Association In Brazil
Rua Tejupa, 188 CEP 04350-020, Sao Paulo, SP-Brazil
BRUNEIPejabat Setiausaha Lembaga Mengeluarkan 
Permit Import Halal, Bahagian Halal Haram
Jabatan Hal Ehwal Syariah, Kem. Hal Ehwal Ugama,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
CHINAShandong Islamic Association
75, Kuan-Hou-Suo Street, Lixia District, Jinan, Shandong, 
People's Republic of China 250011
China Islamic Association
103, Nan Heng West Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing
DENMARKIslamic Cultural Centre (IKCS)
Horsebakken 2, DK-2400, Copenhagen NV Denmark
FRANCEAssociation Finisterienne
Pour La Culture Arabo-Islamique (AFCAI), 3,
Rue Jean-Marie Le Bris - 29200 Brest
Ritual Association of Lyon's Great Mosque
Association Ritualle de la Grande Mosquee de Lyon,
146, bd Pinel, 69008 Lyon
GERMANYHalal Control e.K
Russelshelmer Str. 74, D-65468 Trebur
Maharahsatra State, 179 Wazir Building, 2nd Floor,
Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Mumbai 400003
INDONESIALembaga Pengkajian Pangan Obat-Obatan dan Kosmetika
The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI)
Masjid Istiqlal, Taman Vijaya Kosuma, Jakarta Pusat,
Golden Pos 10710
JAPANJapan Muslim Association
2-26-5-1004 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0053
MALAYSIADepartment of Islamic Development Malaysia
Level 1, Block D7, Parcel D, Federal Gov. Adm. Centre,
62519 Putrajaya
NETHERLANDSHalal Feed and Food Inspection Authority
Raamweg 18/2596HL The Hague,
P.O. Box 16786/2500BT, The Hague
NEW ZEALANDFederation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand
Unit 3, Upstairs, 16 Belfast Street, Wellington Centre,
P.O. Box 1415, Wellington.
International Muslim Association
Islamic Association
Palmerston North
Muslim Association of Cantebury
New Zealand Muslim Association
New Zealand Islamic Meat Mangement Incorporated
Level 1, Westbrook House, 181 Willis Street,
P.O. Box 11-382, Wellington
PHILIPPINESUlama Conference of The Philippines
Ablaza Building, 7th Floor, 117E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave,
Quezon City
SRI LANKAHalaal Accreditation Council
Level 1, Meewella Building, 329 1/1, 
Galle Road, Colombo 4
SINGAPOREIslamic Religious Council of Singapore
Halal Certification Section, 4th Floor, MCD Building,
512 Thompson Road
TAIWANTaichung Mosque
457, Nantun District, Dadun, S.Rd. Taichung 408
Taipei Grand Mosque
62 Hsin Sheng South Road, Sec. 2, Taipei
THAILANDThe Central Islamic Committee of Thailand
The Institute for Halal Food Standard of Thailand
45, Moo 3 Klongkao Rd., Klongsib Sub-District,
Nongchok District, Bangkok 10530
USAHalal Food Council South East Asia
913, South Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804 USA
Islamic Services America (ISA)
P.O. Box 521, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406, USA
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
5901 N, Cicero Ave., 309 Chicago, Illinois 60646, USA
URUGUAYUruguayan Islamic Center
Ejido 1233, Montivideo, Uruguay
VIETNAMIslamic Community of Ho Chi Minh City
52, Nguyen Van Troi Street, Phu Nhuan District,
Ho Chi Minh City
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