What is Halal? Jakim
Every object and action in Islam is considered permissible unless there is a prohibition of it in the Islamic scriptures. Clarification is given below in detail as to what is considered to be a permissible object or action in Islam, along with the exceptions.
Halal in Arabic word meaning “lawful” or “permissible.” The definition of Halal according to the Trade Description Order (Usage of the Term “Halal”) 1975 is as follows:
When the term is used in relation to food in any form whatsoever, in the process of trade or commerce as an aspect of trading or part of an aspect of trading for the referred to food, the terms ‘Halal’, ‘Guaranteed Halal’ or ‘Muslim Food’ or any other terms that may be used to indicate or may be understood as meaning to indicate as permissible to be consumed by Muslims and allowed in their religion for the referred to food to be consumed, must therefore mean the following, that is, the food for which such terms are being used:
i)does not stem from or consists of any part of or item from animals that are forbidden to Muslims by Islamic law, or animals that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic law;
ii)does not contain any substance that is considered impure in Islamic law;
iii)is not prepared, processed or manufactured using equipment or utensils that are not free from impurities as defined by Islamic law ; and
iv)that, in the preparation, processing or storage stage, does not come in contact with or is stored near any kind of food that does not meet the requirements of para(s) (a), (b) or (c) or any substances that are considered impure by Islamic law.
Food and beverage products
Food and beverage products refers to products that are made or produced or are products or produce or output that involve food and beverage
Food Premises refers to buildings and premises where food and beverage business is conducted including restaurants, food courts, commercial kitchens, cafeterias, bakeries, fast food restaurants, canteens, club/hotel restaurants, kiosks, caterers and others.
What is syariah?
Syariah means the ‘way’ or ‘path’. Islamic syariah law is refers to the whole system of principles and rules which a Muslim is required to live by. It relates to both criminal and civil justice, and it also regulates personal and moral conduct.
The syariah is based upon the teachings of the Koran as well as the teaching and example of Muhammad: the rules of syariah exist because Muhammad either commanded or actually did what the rules require.
Syariah goes way beyond food and halal but the point we want to make here is that all of the halal certification organisations are operating under syariah law and desire for syariah law to be accepted as a part of our mainstream society.
The most common example of non-halal food is pork. While pork is the only meat that cannot be eaten by Muslims at all (due to perceived hygienic concerns), foods other than pork can also be haraam. The criteria for non-pork items include its source, the cause of the animal’s death, and how it was processed.
The food must come from a supplier that uses halal practices. Specifically, the slaughter must be performed by a Muslim, who must precede the slaughter by invoking the name of Allah, most commonly by saying “Bismillah” (“In the name of Allah”) and then three times “Allahu akbar” (God is the greatest). Then, the animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck (while the animal is conscious), causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained.
Muslims must also ensure that all foods (particularly processed foods), as well as non-food items like cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are halal. Frequently, these products contain animal by-products or other ingredients that are not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies.
Abu Baker RA narrated that Allah’s Messenger PBUH said “That body will not enter Paradise which has been nourished with Haram” (Baihaqi)
Muslims abstain from consuming foods that are not permissible primarily because they believe they are commanded to do so by God. In addition, Muslims believe that eating swine/pork is harmful to their health due to its uncleanliness and disease-carrying properties. Muslims also abstain from drinking alcohol and consuming drugs because these may change their state of mind. In addition, Muslims only eat meat from animals that were living when slaughtered to ensure that there is no blood in the meat when it is eaten
Advantages of Halal Certification
1. Halal certificate can enhance the marketability of your products to over 50 million Halal consumers in Europe and over 1.6 billion worldwide.
2. If you are exporting or planning to export then our Halal certificate will help you to meet the importing countries requirements.
3. If your product is used as an ingredient by your customer then it will help your customer obtain Halal certification and therefore maintain your customers and may also increase your sales.
4. Halal certified products can be advertised as Halal and can also display the registered trademark Halal logo on their packaging, hence making your products readily acceptable by Halal consumers.