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, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:
- pork or pork by products
- animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
- animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
- blood and blood by products
- carnivorous animals
- birds of prey
These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, meaning forbidden.
Halal is ONE of the Most Humane Methods of Animal Slaughtering
Muslims are taught through the Qu’ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure.
When an animal is slaughtered, the jugular vein is cut and the blood is allowed to drain from the animal. Remember, Muslims are prohibited from consuming animal blood.
Halal is Islamic dietary law that applies, among other things, to meat and poultry, specifically prescribing certain slaughtering and processing practices. Like some other religious dietary practice, halal prohibits pork and alcohol consumption.
PRESPECTIVE & COMMENTS
One of the most asked questions we hear is, what is Halal food? What does Halal mean? How is it different from Kosher? Where can we find Halal food? I see food carts in the city selling Halal food, what does this mean?
Having worked in the food service industry for many years, I have become accustomed to hearing all sorts of questions regarding Halal foods. The answers to these questions are actually very simple and do not require much research. For me Halal has become away of buying, preparing and eating variety of foods, either at my home or at restaurants. I can honestly and easily say that my husband and I do not eat out often and when we do, we often only go to a handful of restaurants in the tri-state area.
Simply, Halal foods are like kosher foods to kosher eaters and vegetarian/vegan foods are to vegetarian/vegan eater. It is a way we as inviduals choose what to eat and where to eat.