follow dietary laws that are similar to Jewish kosher
regulations. Foods that Muslims can eat are called Halal.
Prohibited foods are called Haram and questionable foods
are called Mashbooh. Swine and pork products, as well
as meat not properly slaughtered or slaughtered in any
name other than Allah are Haram. Carnivorous animals and
birds or prey are also Haram. Haram animals include pig,
dog, donkey, carnivores, monkeys, cats, lions, frogs,
crocodiles, turtles, worms, flies, cockroaches, owls,
and eagles. Alcohol, coffee, tea and other drugs are Haram.
Halal foods that have become contaminated by contact with
prohibited foods are also Haram.
is also important. Fasting is a way to earn the approval
of Allah, wipe out previous sins and understand the suffering
of the poor. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan and voluntary
fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is also common. Muslims
are encouraged to only eat to two thirds of capacity.
Is Halal ?
is a Quranic Term, which means 'Lawful' or 'Permitted'.
Sometimes it is translated as 'Acceptable' or 'Not forbidden'.
Halal foods and drinks are permitted for consumption by
Allah- the supreme lawgiver. In the Holy Quran, Allah
commands Muslims and all of mankind to eat of the Halal
things. Eating Halal is obligatory.
What Is Haram ?
opposite of 'Halal' is "Haram", which
means 'Unlawful' or 'Prohibited". The
other words used for Haram is 'Unacceptable' or
'Forbidden'. Haram foods and drinks are absolutely
prohibited for consumption by Allah. Eating Haram is forbidden
for every Muslim. If a Muslim consumes Haraam foods, he
would be sinful.
Is Mushbooh ?
is an Arabic term which means 'doubtful' or 'suspected'.
If one does not know the Halal or Haram status of a particular
food or drink, such a food or drink is doubtful. A practicing
Muslims prevents himself from consuming doubtful things.
terms Halal and Haram will be used strictly to describe
food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care
products, food ingredients, beverages and food contact
materials. Which foods are Halal or which foods are Haram,
is decided according to the Holy Quran and the Glorious
Shari’ah (Islamic Law).Most diets and foods are considered
to be Halaal unless Islamic Law specifically prohibits
The following products are definitely Halal:
(from cows, sheeps, camels or goats).
Plants which are not intoxicant.
Fresh or naturally frozen vegetables.
Fresh or dried fruits.
Legumes like peanuts, cashew nuts, hazel nuts, walnuts,
Grains such as wheat, rice, rye, barley, oat, etc.
Animals such as cows, sheep, goats, deer, moose, chickens,
ducks, game birds, etc., are also Halal, but they must
be Zabihah (slaughtered according to Islamic Rites) in
order to be suitable for consumption. The procedure is
as follows: the animal must be slaughtered by a Muslim
by putting the animal down on the ground (or holding it
if it is small) and slitting it's throat with a very sharp
knife to make sure that the main blood vessels are cut.
While cutting the throat of the animal without severing
it, the person has to recite "Bismillah Allah-u-Akbar".
following items have been categorically spelled out as
and its by-products.
Blood and and blood by-products.
Reptiles and insects.
Halal animals which are not slaughtered according to the
Animals killed in the name of anyone other than God.
The bodies of dead animals or dead before slaughtering.
Alcohol and intoxicants such as Wine, Ethyl Alcohol, and
above mentioned items are Haram and should be strictly
avoided by all Muslims.
containing ingredients in the following are example of
should avoid such foods containing Mushbooh or questionable
ingredients. Before consuming such items, we have to confirm
the source of these ingredients.
is Halaal ?
means permitted, allowed, lawful or legal. In relation
to food or drink it means that the food or drink is lawful,
permitted or allowed for Muslims.
The Islamic dietary laws define what food and drinks are
Halaal. These Islamic dietary laws are defined in the
Holy Quran (the revealed book), the Hadith (sayings of
the last Prophet, Muhammad, Peace and blessing of Allah
be upon him) and in the fiqh (jurisprudence) of the Muslim
Jurists: Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki and Hanbali.
opposite of Halaal is Haraam. It means prohibited, not
allowed, unlawful, illegal.
classification of food products as Halaal is a very serious
religious matter and can only be carried out by a Muslim
who is an expert in The Islamic Dietary laws.
Importance of a Halaal Diet
a Hadith Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) is reported to have said:
Search for Halaal (i.e. money or food) is also Fardh (obligatory)
along with other Fardh things from Allah.
are a few important verses from the Holy Quran that very
clearly describe the Islamic laws regarding Halaal and
O Mankind ! Eat the lawful (Halaal) and good things from
what is in the earth, and follow not the footsteps of
the devil. Surely he is an open enemy to you. (2: 168)
O believers ! Eat of the good things that We have provided
you with and give thanks to Allah. (2: 172)
He has forbidden you what dies of itself (carrion), and
blood, and the flesh of swine and that over which any
name other than (that of) Allah has been invoked. (2:
And eat of the lawful (Halaal) and good things that Allah
has given you and keep your duty to Allah. (5: 88)
O believers ! Intoxicants, and game of chance, and idolatrous
practices and divining (of the future through) arrows
are abominations devised by the Satan. Shun it then !,
so that you may prosper. (5: 90)
beloved Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) has taught us to be very careful about our food in
terms of Halaal and Haraam. His sayings indicate that
Haraam food makes our Faith terminally damaged and our
soul and heart extremely weak. Here are a selection of
meanings and extracts of his sayings:
A person after travelling a long distance, with dispersed
hairs and covered with dust, raises his hands for the
prayer and says O Allah !, O Allah! But his food is Haraam,
his drink is Haraam and his dress is Haraam. So how can
his prayer be accepted by Allah ? (Mishkat Sharif)
: It means that without Halaal food our Duas are not
accepted at all.
2. Sadaqah (charity) from Haraam wealth is not
accepted by Allah, and there is no Barakah (Blessing of
Allah) in such things and the Haraam wealth will take
one to Hell.
Those persons whose bodies are nourished with Haraam food
will not enter paradise.
When Haraam is mixed with Halaal, it ruins the Halaal
Salah (Ritual Prayers) of a person with Haraam clothes
is not accepted by Allah.
One who drinks Sharab (Wine), Allah does not accept that
persons Salah for forty days. (Tirmidhi)
Muslim scholars say that whether a person takes Sharab
directly or indirectly with other edible things in the
form of an ingredient, his/her Salah is barred from acceptance
for 40 days in the light of this Hadith.
foods are those foods which are prohibited by Allah and
the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).
carnivorous (meat eating) animals and birds, e.g. lions,
tigers, vultures, eagles, etc.
Halaal animal that has died due to natural causes, killed
by some wild animal, by a fall, blow or slaughtered by
that has been sacrificed for some God or Goddess.
forms of najasat (impurities).
monkeys, elephants, etc.
containing Haraam items to be avoided at all times e.g.
fish prepared with wine, etc. cakes, ice-cream containing
rum or brandy or any Alcohol or liquor.
of a Halaal item with non-Halaal will render it non-Halaal/Haraam