WHAT IS HALAL AND HARAM?

GENERAL INFORMATION ON HALAL AND HARAM

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The concept of Halal and Haram is a strict guideline and way of life followed by all Muslims.

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The concept of Halal and Haram aids Muslims when making decisions about what is permissible and what is not permissible to use in their daily lives. 

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF HALAL ( حلال‎)?

“Halal” is an all-encompassing Arabic word that literally means “permissible”

“Halal” originates from the Arabic word namely halla, yahillu, hillan, wahalalan which means allowed or permissible by the Shariah law.

Food is just one of the aspects under the Halal and Haram concept, but because food is such a basic aspect of life, it definitely dominates the concern for Halal and Haram.

Generally, all food and ingredients are considered halal unless stated otherwise.

HALAL FOOD

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WHAT ARE THE PERMISSIBLE ANIMALS?

Halal meat are permissible for consumption if they fall within the category of permissible consumables and are slaughtered according to Islamic law.

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WHAT IS THE MEANING OF HARAM (حرام)?

The opposite of Halal is haram, meaning unlawful or prohibited. 

“Haram” is an Arabic term that means “forbidden”.

Acts that are haram are typically prohibited in the religious texts of the Quran and the Sunnah category of haram is the highest status of prohibition that a Muslim can commit.

Since food is an elementary part of life, Halal and Haram terms are always associated with Islamic dietary needs.

Animals that are not slaughtered according to Shariah Law are considered Haram for consumption.

WHAT ARE THE HARAM INGREDIENTS TO USE AND/OR CONSUME:

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WHAT ARE THE NON-PERMISSIBLE ANIMALS?

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By and large the agreement is that nothing should be deemed haram, except when there is a Quranic passage or Sunnah that says so. Where answers are not immediately straightforward, learned interpretation will be called for.

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