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The Halal Certification Process
- What is the meaning of “Halal”?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful. It refers to the things, actions and processes permitted by Islamic Shariah law without punishment imposed on the doer. It is usually used to describe something that a Muslim is permitted to engage in, e.g. eat, drink or use.
What is the meaning of “Haram”?
The opposite of halal is haram , which in Arabic is used for unlawful or prohibited.
All kinds of food are considered halal except the following, which are haram:
Swine/pork and its by-products .
Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering.
Animals not slaughtered with the name of Allah.
Alcohol and all forms of intoxicating and hazardous drinks.
Carnivorous animals, birds of prey, and land animals without external ears.
Pests such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals.
Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam e.g. ants, bees, spider and woodpecker birds.
Animals which are considered repulsive generally like lice, flies, maggots and other similar animals.
Animals that live both on land and in water such as frogs, crocodiles and other similar animals.
Blood and by-products of blood.
Foods and drinks which contain any of the above haram ingredients or contaminated through contact with any of the above products.
What is Najs?
Animals or things that are themselves not permissible such as amphibions ,pigs (khinzir) and all its derivatives, blood and carrions.halal food that is contaminated with things that are non-halal; halal food that comes into direct contact with things that are non-halal.
- Halal Certification is a recognition that the products so certified are permissible under Islamic law. These products are thus edible, drinkable or usable for Muslims.
- Halal certification provides confidence to halal consumers that a 3rd party, independent party has audited halal products. This instils trust, confidence and brand loyalty increasing your company’s market share, sales and revenue.
- Halal or Haram Ltd has ensured that the cost of certification is cost-competitive with other popular industry certifications. Cost is based on your company’s market entry needs and there are no hidden fees.
The goal of our certification system was to allow companies wishing to enter the halal market to do so in a straightforward, practical and cost-effective manner. We also implemented the requirements of international halal bodies into our process simplying the export process.
- Easy integration into your company’s existing safety assurance system.
Minimal disruption to business as usual activities.
Once implemented the process can easily be adhered to by your existing technical team.
International halal standard requirements are integrated into our process.
Export-ready process allowing you to export your products to lucrative foreign markets.
- Halal or Haram recognises that companies may have questions that need answering. We are a committed partner that offers support throughout the process including post-certification where we help market and promote your products.
- Companies who have gained halal certification from Halal or Haram can diverse their business and successfully trade all over the World including The Middle East, South-East Asia and Africa.
- Improvement in brand image by fulfilling different consumer requirements.
Prospects of penetrating into a worldwide Halal food market of over 1.5 billion people.
A sound edge is attained over the competitors.
Strict rules are maintained relating to private sanitation of facilities that in addition to the other obligatory hygienic practices observed on the premises.
It is more promotable and marketing is more attractive, with a distinct logo of Halal recognition on all the products.
Improvement in the food quality by stringent quality assurance policy as per international standards.
Hall insignia is a trustworthy, autonomous and dependable acknowledgement to back Halal food claims.
Improved advertisement and acceptance of products in Muslim countries/markets.
- We have a vast market of over 1.5 billion consumers scattered all over the globe. With the ever growing demand for certified halal consumer products there is a dire need for the manufacturers to get their products certified in addition to following the quality standards. It will enable them to win the consumer trust both from the Muslim and as well as non-Muslim consumers as it is thoroughly scrutinized from the process flow to ingredients, enough for detecting any doubtful elements.
- 1st stage is that we need as much information as we can regarding the company to make the process easier.2nd stage is going through the Halal Policy so that you are aware what is involved and we can make sure both parties are on the page.We inspect those sites where products are made and packaged to ensure they meet the requirements we have set.We inspect the product in question to make sure it is for the halal dietYou are presented your annual Certificate and made aware of the 3 visits per year which would be conducted
- > Review of existing Halal products
> Answering Halal enquiries
> Dissemination of information to consumers via radio, print and electronic media; as well as social networks.
> Educating the public on Islamic dietary laws and practices
> Investigating Halal complaints or queries from both the consumer and industry
- Halal Or Haram is based in Manchester and Keighley in UK.
We are currently establishing an associate office in Pretoria, South Africa.
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- HALAL: This is an Arabic term which means permissible or lawful in Islam. In reference to food, it is the Islamic dietary standard, as prescribed in the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
HARAM: This is an Arabic term which means impermissible or unlawful in Islam.
The Halal or Haram rulings are based on the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat sect of Islam and predominantly follow the Hanafi school of thought. The website does however include rulings from all the main four school of thoughts.
- The Halal or Haram Logo is a cognitive property and a registered Trade Mark whose rights have been owned by Halal or Haram Limited
The logo with the website will be displayed on all products which are certified.
The Halal or Haram Logo can only be used by prior contractual arrangements by:
Organisations which have contractually been accorded Halal Accreditation either for a product or the site or both; the Halal or Haram logo may be used on all communication tools of an organisation such as letterheads, compliment slips, business cards, marketing materials, videos, websites, advertising, exhibition graphics, electronic media and company vehicles only if the full range of products manufactured at all sites of the organisation have been contractually authenticated and validated for halal status by the Halal or Haram. Halal or Haram logo can only be depicted on the packaging of halal products approved by Halal or Haram if full product range has not been certified.
Third Party Certification Bodies and approved agencies either in the UK or abroad.
Media and advertising channels with expressed permission for such use.
HALAL: This is an Arabic term which means permissible or lawful in Islam. In reference to food, it is the Islamic dietary standard, as prescribed in the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
HARAM: This is another Arabic term which means impermissible or unlawful in Islam.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Halal is clear and the Haram (unlawful) is clear. Between the two there are doubtful matters concerning which people do not know. One who avoids them in order to safeguard his deen (religion) and his honour are safe, while if some one indulges in it, he may be indulging in the unlawful……” (Bukhari)
General Qur’anic guidance dictates that all foods are Halal except those that are specifically mentioned as Haram (unlawful or prohibited). The Glorious Qur’an reads:
“O ye who believes! Eat of the good things wherewith we have provided you, and render thanks to Allah, if it is He whom ye worship. (chapter II, Verse 172)”
The unlawful foods are specifically mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an, in the following verses:
“He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that on which hath been invoked any other name besides Allah’s……..” (Chapter II, Verse 173)
“Forbidden unto you (for food) are: carrion and blood and swine flesh, and that on which hath been invoked the name other than Allah, and the strangled, and the dead through beating, and the dead through falling from a height, and that which hath been gored to death, and the devoured of wild beasts, saving that which ye make lawful (by slaughter) and that which hath been immolated to idols and that ye swear by the divining arrows. This is an abomination….” (Chapter V, Verse 3)
Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants is prohibited according to the following guidance:
“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and games of chance, and idols and divining arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed.” (Chapter V, Verse 9)
Meat is the most strictly regulated of the food groups. Not only are blood, pork, and the meat of dead animals or those immolated to other than Allah strongly prohibited, it is also required that the Halal animals be slaughtered while pronouncing the name of Allah at the time of slaughter.
“Eat of that over which the name of Allah hath been mentioned, if ye are believers in his revelations”
(Chapter VI, Verse 118)
“And eat not of that whereon Allah’s name hath not been mentioned, for lo! It is abomination. Lo! The devils do inspire their friends to contend with you. But if ye obey them, ye will be in truth idolaters”. (Chapter VI, Verse 121)
Attempts have been made to explain or justify some of the prohibitions based on scientific reasoning as follows:
- Carrion and dead animals are unfit for human consumption because the decaying process leads to the formation of chemicals which are harmful to humans
- Blood that is drained from the body contains harmful bacteria, products of metabolism, and toxins
- Swine serves as a vector for pathogenic worms to enter the human body. Infections by Trchinella spiralis and taenia solium are not uncommon. Fatty acids, composition of pork fat have been mentioned as incompatible with human fat and biochemical systems
- Intoxicants are considered harmful for the nervous system, affecting the census and human judgement leading to social and family problems and in many cases even death.
- Although these explanations are sound, the underlying principle behind the prohibitions remains the above mentioned Divine orders.
Accordingly, Muslims permit all foods, pure and clean for consumption. Islamic Jurisprudence has derived certain principles from the Ahadeeth to determine whether a particular animal or bird is lawful or unlawful.
Why is it so important for a muslim to strictly consume halal?
Consuming Halal is an order of Allah and an essential part of the Islamic faith. Allah has repeatedly emphasised the consumption of Halal in His book. The following are some examples of such verses:
“O Messengers, eat from the pure foods and work righteousness” (Holy Quran 23:51)
“O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you” (Holy Quran 2:172)
“O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and pure” (Holy Quran 2:168)
“So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah’s name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” (Holy Quran 6:118)
“And do not eat that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed it is a grave disobedience”. (Holy Quran 6:121)
By being careless about the dietary laws of Islam a believer puts himself in harms way both in this world and the world hereafter. In this world, due to in taking such a product he deprives himself from having any of his good deeds and duas accepted by his creator while in the hereafter he suffers the greatest loss ever imaginable i.e. refusal from being admitted to Paradise . All this is confirmed in the following traditions:
- Abu Hurairah RA related,” Allah’s Messenger PBUH said: Verily Allah is pure and He accepts only what is pure and indeed Allah has given those orders to the believers, which he has given to the Messengers. He has said, “O Messenger, eat from the pure foods and work righteous”. He -also- has said: “O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you.” Then (the Prophet PBUH) made mention of a man who undergoes a lengthy journey in a state that he is dishevelled and dusty. He spreads his hands towards the sky (calling), “O my lord, O my lord”, however his food is Haram, his drink is Haram, his clothes are Haram and he has been nourished with Haram! So how will his call be answered?” (Muslim)
- S’ad RA relates: Allah’s messenger PBUH said “O S’ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one who’s supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad PBUH lies, verily a servant (of Allah) tosses a Haram morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days” (Tabarani)
- Abu Baker RA narrated that Allah’s Messenger PBUH said “That body will not enter Paradise which has been nourished with Haram” (Baihaqi)
- Ka`b Ibn Ujrah relates that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “a body nourished with Haram will not enter Jannah”. (Tirmidhi)
- Jabir RA reported, Allah’s Messenger PBUH said, “That flesh will not enter Paradise which has grown from Haram, and all that flesh which has grown from Haram, the fire (of hell) is more worthy of it.” (Ahmed, Darimi, Baihaqi)
- Abu Hurayrah (RA) reports that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram.” (Bukhari)
In our times, it becomes even more important to ensure the meat and poultry consumed is genuinely Halal due to the execessive deceit, cheat and false labelling of Halal in the industry.