What is Halal? why Muslims are so specific about "Halal" of their food, what are the benefits of Halal? And will it benefit me?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited , this term restrict only for food but it carries varies range of areas such as Finance, Market, Dressing, etc... Here are focusing to learn what is Halal food and what does it mean to Non-Muslims.
All foods are considered halal except the following (which are haram):
- Swine/Pork and its by-products [Read more on WHY PORK IS PROHIBITED ]
- Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
- Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
- Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
- Foods contaminated with any of the above products
The animals that have the following defects cannot be slaughtered
01 - Blindness in both or one eye.
02-A third or more of an ear cut off.
03-Total lameness of one or more legs. (However, if the animal is partially lame or the leg is not so severely injured and it is able to walk with it although limping, then the animal is valid for sacrifice.)
04-An extremely emaciated and weak animal.
05-The majority of teeth have fallen out. If the of teeth which have fallen out are greater than the number of remaining teeth, the animal is not valid for sacrifice.
06-An animal born without ears.
07-A horn broken off at the base or root. if the horn is only partially broken off, the animal is valid for sacrifice.
The Life of the Animal
The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain. It should not be confined to an area where it cannot move or walk normally or get fresh air. It should be fed clean water and food that is appropriate and absolutely never fed another animal or products that contain the by-products of other animals.
The Sacrifice of the Animal
· As an animal should be treated well during its life, it should also be treated well at the time it is sacrificed for us.
· The slaughter should never be done in the presence of other animals and the animal should be made comfortable as it is positioned for the sacrifice.
· The act of the sacrifice should be done with a sharp object, so as to accelerate the process and reduce the pain suffered by the animal as much as possible.
Read more:Scientists Prove that the Islamic method of slaughtering Animals feel no pain
(Afterwords) the blood should be completely drained from the animal. It is the blood that carries toxins, germs and bacteria and when left inside the body of the animal, could potentially make people sick. At the very least, it could make the cooked meat quite tough. An amazing result of cooking and consuming halal meat is a healthy meat in which the resulting texture is tender and the meat delicious. Some people say they can “taste the difference”.
In short: Halal Food means to Non-Muslims
For an animal to go from farm to table as halal food, it must have lived a pure life from the very beginning, finishing a cycle of life that is permissible in accordance with Islamic standards. It must have eaten well, been treated well, and been sacrificed well.
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