What are Halal Foods?
Allah teach us in Quran Al Karim to eat Halal
Al-Quran Sura Al-Baqawra
O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and wholesome in the earth, and follow not the footsteps of the devil. Lo! he is an open enemy for you. (168)
Halal foods are foods that Muslims, followers of Islamic faith are allowed to eat or drink under Islamic Shariah, the Islamic law. The Halal food criteria specify both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared. The foods addressed are mostly types of meat and animal tissue.
The most common example of non-halal (or haraam) food is pork. While pork is the only meat that cannot be eaten by Muslims at all (due to religiously, historically and culturally perceived hygienic concerns), foods other than pork can also be haraam. The criteria for non-pork items include their source, the cause of the animal's death or slaughtering procedures, and how it was processed. Any food or drink involving non-Halal incredints or part of non-Halal incridienta condiders as non-Halal.
For Halal, 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" (Allah 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, causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord. Lastly, the blood from the veins must be drained.
It is obligatory for Muslims to ensure that all foods meat or non-meat (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.
Dhabihah (ذَبِيْحَة): method of slaughter:
According to Islamic law the Shariah, Dhabihah (ذَبِيْحَة) is the prescribed method of slaughtering all meat sources, excluding fish and other sea-life. This method of slaughtering animals consists of using a well-sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, windpipe, and jugular veins to cause the least amount of suffering to the animal. The head of an animal that is slaughtered using halal methods is aligned with the qiblah. In addition to the direction, permitted animals should be slaughtered upon utterance of the Islamic prayer "in the name of Allah."
Dhabihah process or slaughtering can be be done by only a Muslim. Salughtering an animal by a non-Muslim cannot be recognized as Halal. In recent years, stunning is a common way of animal death for consuming meat or its bi products. This method of animal killing adopted by majority of non-Muslim countries to fulfill the need of quantitity and for the purpose of fastest processing. But Islam teach us about how to slaughter an animal and the practice is continuing for more than 14 centuries.