All about Halal
Living in this religious muslim country my own, I often questioned myself what actually is Halal? What are the rules and what Muslims can actually eat in order to meet the requirements of Halal food?
Recently in Malaysia, there is news about an illegal imported cartel that has created a big fuss over the Halal meat segment in Malaysia. Why so? As a conversative Muslim country, Malaysians, especially muslims are extremely careful of what they consume, whether or not it is safe to eat in order to not break the law that is bound to their holy book, the al-Quran. Hence, every segment of meat that is imported to our country shall be testified & certified by Halal Jakim.
So what is Halal?
Halal is a term meaning to be “lawful” or “permitted”. When we refer to halal food, it is a standard that is made in Qur’an (the muslim scripture). In contrast, Haram stands for “unlawful” or “prohibited”. In fact, they are not just terms applied on food but also other sides of life i.e. personal care products, cosmetics, meat products etc. In addition, there might be some other things which we cannot identify whether they are halal or haram. Therefore, these things are categorized as Mushbooh, meaning to be “doubtful” or “suspect”.