8 Apr 2009

what halal means:

People keep on asking me about the halal status since I've post an entry about Sushi King Bonanza RM2 offer (which I delete it because I think it's sensitive issues to others) and I don't even know how to answer it. First, I like to eat sushi. But nevertheless, I am a Muslim also. It's COMPULSARY @ wajib for me as a muslim to find out about what I've eat...So I start to find out the real things...

"Wajib seorang Muslim/Muslimah memilih sumber makanan yang dihalalkan oleh syarak. Ini juga merupakan satu tanggungjawab terpikul di atas bahu setiap Muslim. Makanan yang mencerna keimanan ketakwaan dan ibadat kepada Allah Taala"
(sumber efiqh.mymkkk.org)

Everything that I eat must be HALAL. What is halal? In Arabic it simply means permissible or allowed. Want to know what is HALAL and what is the criteria? ''Halal'' means permissible or lawful in Arabic and provides assurance that food does not contain ingredients that Muslims are forbidden to consume, such as alcohol, pork and meat from cattle and poultry that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic ritual. Scroll down for more information:

Copy from http://www.nutrition.co.th/halal.html:

1. does not consist of or contain anything which is considered to be unlawful according to Islarnic Law;

2. has not been prepared, processed, transported or stored using any appliance or facility that was not free from anything unlawful according to Islamic Law; and

3. has not in the course of preparation, processing, transportation or storage been in direct contact with any food that fails to satisfy 1 and 2 above.
In addition, halal food can be prepared, processed or stored in different sections or lines within the same premises where non-halal foods are produced, provided that necessary measures are taken to prevent any contact between halal and non-halal foods. Halal foods can also be prepared, processed, transported or stored using facilities which have been previously used for non-halal foods provided that proper cleaning procedures, according to Islamic requirements, have been observed.

1. Food of animal origin
1.1 Pigs and boars.
1.2 Dogs, snakes and monkeys.
1.3 Carnivorous animals with claws and fangs such as lions, tigers, bears and other similar animals.
1.4 Birds of prey with claws such as eagles, vultures, and other similar birds.
1.5 Pests such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals.
1.6 Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam, i.e., ants, bees and woodpecker birds.
1.7 Animals which are considered repulsive generally like lice, flies, maggots and other similar animals.
1.8 Animals that live both on land and in water such frogs, crocodiles and other similar animals.
1.9 Mules and domestic donkeys.
1.10. All poisonous and hazardous aquatic animals.
1.11. Any other animals not slaughtered according to Islamic Law.
1.12. Blood.

2. Food of plant origin. Intoxicating and hazardous plants except where the toxin or hazard can be eliminated during processing.

3. Drink
3.1 Alcoholic drinks.
3.2 All forms of intoxicating and hazardous drinks.

4. Food additives. All food additives derived from item 1, 2 and 3.

1. The person should be a Muslim who is mentally sound and knowledgeable of the Islamic slaughtering procedures.

2. The animal to be slaughtered should be lawful according to Islamic Law.

3. The animal to be slaughtered should be alive or deemed to be alive at the time of slaughtering.

4. The phrase "Bismillah" (In the Name of Allah) should be invoked immediately before the slaughter of each animal.

5. The slaughtering device should be sharp and should not be lifted off the animal during the slaughter act.

6. The slaughter act should sever the trachea, aoesophagus and main arteries and veins of the neck region.

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