- Our mission is to create an informed Muslim consumer on the journey towards Haqq, by benefiting from the Halal community.
Halal is not just about what eat, its what about you wear and about what you love!
Halal or Haram was launched in Manchester but originates from Keighley in West Yorkshire, UK in 2012 as an initiative to help Muslims make the right dietary choice. It was inspired by the outcry of the Muslim community for guidance on permissible foods.
The horsemeat saga, and the news of Halal food containing traces of pork DNA at that time made it even more important for Muslims in the UK to know exactly what they were eating. Muslims need to know that all the ingredients they consume are in accordance to the Islamic law, from everyday necessities like bread, confectionary items and especially meats.
In addition to this website, Halal or Haram has been running an active Facebook group for two years, and also has active Twitter and Instagram accounts. The website and social media channels share detailed analyses of various food products, restaurants and takeaways, and scholarly explanations to foods and drinks. Halal or Haram also provide food facts and run regular consumer surveys on various topics. They have appeared in a feature in the Guardian and have also been interviewed by Yvonne Ridley on Spice FM. Halal or Haram also shares news, information & updates regarding current affairs and other Islamic matters.
On the launching of the website, Brother Asif Iqbal, founder of Halal or Haram said: “I started this initiative with my sisters a couple of years after seeing so much confusion around what is Halal and what is Haram. I’ve always been interested in researching, and what better to tie my skill to something that will not only help me, but the Muslim community. It all started with a Facebook group which has gone from strength to strength, and today we have over 50,000 Followers World Wide. The launch of the website will enable the Muslim community to find much needed information on various foods and drinks, including the basics to looking into additives that are always a mystery for the consumer, and best of all, this information will be available in very user friendly website that is also mobile compatible.”
Halal or Haram is a community interface based on not-for-profit principles. It is run by volunteers, in our spare time solely for the pleasure of Allah, who are dedicated to helping Muslims make the right choices according to Islamic requirements.
- Halal or Haram is affiliated to the Short Islamic Courses, UK & the Suyuti Institute.
- > 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 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.
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- Shaykh Zain Ul Aqtab Siddiqi was born in Pakistan in 1973 but came to the United Kingdom in 1974 and has spent all his life in the United Kingdom since. He belongs to the progeny of the First and Most Noble Halifax, Amirul Mu’mineen Syedina Abu Bakr Siddiq Radhi Allahu anhu. His forefather, Khawajah Abdul Malik Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih) came to the Asian Peninsula with the forces of Mohammed bin Qasim (Alaihir Rahmah) to conquer the forces of Raja Dahar following the latter’s illegitimate assault on an ordinary Muslim woman. Following the successful conquest, Khawajah Abdul Malik Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih) settled in the Sind and his subsequent generations moved to a town that became the centre of academic and spiritual sciences of the Qur’an and Sunnah, Qusoor Sharif. In each generation of his family several Awliyaa became renowned such as Khawajah Ghulam Muhiyudeen Huzoori Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih), Hazrat Khawajah Murtaza Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih) (the teacher of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah and Hazrat Waris Shah) Khawajah Ghulam Dastageer Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih). These were just some of the iconic personalities that endeavoured to foster the true identity of the Sunnah in the Ummah in times of persecution, repression and ignorance. It was almost a norm that all males in the family would study and acquire the Sciences of Islamic Law and Theology.
Shaykh Zain Ul Aqtab Siddiqi’s grandfather was central to the history of the Ahle-Sunnah wal Jammat of the Indo Sub-continent in the 20th and 21st Century. In a time when Ismail Dehlvi had begun to import Wahabi doctrines and the rise of the false Prophet Mirza Qadiani and other sectarian deviations, it was necessary to consolidate the fortress of beliefs (Aqaa’id) that were core to the ethos of the Ahle-Sunnah wal Jammat. He debated Mirzai Ulema and is the only one in history to have not only defeated them (13 in number) but also to have had this victory documented and acknowledged by them in writing. With Wahabi Ulema he debated extensively to ensure that elements of khawaarij based thinking could not infiltrate the ranks of the Ahle-Sunnah wal Jammat. With the Shia, there was a dire need to counter a movement that had made it its goal to de-sanctify the status of the Noble Companions (Rizwanullah Alaihee Ajmaeen). As well as debating with the above he was also the author of comprehensive texts that enunciated his position from the Qur’an and Sunnah. He was renowned to lecture for hours and then spend the whole night pleasing his Lord.
Shaykh Zain Ul Aqtab Siddiqi’s father, Shaykh Abdul Wahab Siddiqi came to the shores of the British Isles in 1973. When he observed western life first hand he was convinced that the challenges that lay ahead of Ummah settling in western orientated countries was far different to the challenges in the East. He was particularly interested in the quality of leadership of the Ummah that would shape the way Muslim’s were guided in leading their lives.
The problem with imported Scholars from the East was six fold. Firstly and foremost they could not speak English and even if they could, such English was not of a calibre that they could comfortably converse with the common English speaker. Secondly, because they were void of secular education they could not relate to modern concepts and address them from an intellectual perspective entrenched in the Qur’an and Sunnah. For example seldom could/can such Ulema deliver a detailed discourse on concepts of Marxism, fascism, liberalism, feminism and democracy in the manner described. This ostracised a key elements within the Ummah and jeopardised the prospects of da’wah to an audience that could have proved instrumental in expanding the parameters of appeal to Islam in the West.
Thirdly, such Scholars could not logistically reach out to a wider audience. Their reach was limited to those who attended Masjids, which in the early days of Muslims settlement in the Europe, was very little. The majority had inherited a system of Imamat that reflected the concept of priesthood in Christianity. They were chained to Masjids under the auspices of an employment contract, which not only marred their independence but also marginalised many of the talents that they had at their disposal. How intellectually demanding can: teaching children the recitation of the Qur’an; leading the five prayers; performing funerals; conducting marriages and delivering a 20 minute speech on Jumma be for someone who has studied the Sciences of the Qur’an and Sunnah for 7-10 years? He was of the view that the knowledge, which they had acquired, had to be disseminated through other more innovative forums.
Fifthly, having grown up in the East such Scholars could not empathise with key aspects of Western lifestyles that were needed when dealing with areas of conflict. The reality was that most of them adhered to their culture consciously or subconsciously in their mannerisms, practices and orientations. Accordingly they could not relate to those who were settled in western orientated countries in an effective manner.
Finally, the majority of Scholars were void of real Tasawwaf. At best for them Tasawwaf was just aesthetic dogma. The absence of Tasawwaf created a dry aura around these Ulema whose da’wah was entrenched in advocating the practice of Deen out of sheer obligation to do so.
Shaykh Abdul Wahab Siddiqi (Rahmatullah Alaih) dealt with the above dilemmas by proposing that the such imported Scholars had limited impact and what was needed was the creation of Ulema, born and bread in these countries, educated in Deen to the highest levels but also contemporaneously educated in a secular discipline to ensure a career that would emancipate them from the chains of Imaamat and serve The Deen to audiences both who populated the Masjids and those who did not. Such Ulema would not depend on Masjids for remuneration and would have independence in their ability to preach. Such Ulema would also be armed with Tasawwaf so that the style of the Awliya could be imported to their mannerisms in private and public life and Da’wah.
To manifest these ambitions he created the Hijaz College which, set in 64 acres of English countryside, provided the perfect platform. Hundreds of graduates from this institution were and are being produced to serve the Ummah.
Today his Mizaar, the first Mausoleum in the history of Europe serves as a reminder of his contribution to the Ummah as well as an icon to remind the Ummah of the role of Awliyaa in expanding and fortifying the faizaan (spiritual and intellectual blessings) of Nabuwwat.
Shaykh Zain Ul Aqtab Siddiqi is essentially a product the thinking of his father Rahmatullah Alaih. Having been taught under direct auspices of his father Rahmatullah Alaih in the Sciences of Deen, he read Law at undergraduate level in London and then an LLM at Staffordshire University. He is currently practicing as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court and Senior Partner in Saints Solicitors LLP, and has a speciality in Family Law, Will and Probate, civil litigation and Immigration Law.
He has provided expertise evidence in cases with an Islamic Law dimension to the Supreme Court in civil cases as well as to the Crown Court in complex criminal cases.
He speaks 7 languages and has taught Islamic Law and Theology for last 15 years at Hijaz College and The Suyuti Institute in Manchester. He has taught many Ulema and his speciality is in the areas of Adaa’id, Tasawwuf and Usool Tafseer. He has extensively travelled the globe over the past 19 years and lectured to diverse audiences in Canada, America, Europe, Africa and the South Pacific, which includes Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Whether he lectures to audiences of a few or a football stadium he talks passionately entrenching all thoughts religiously in Qur’an and Sunnah.
He has a following of Mureeds (spiritual disciples) throughout the world but prefers to engage more with mureeds who aspire to Sulook (the Sacred Journey in the quest of The Lord and His Beloved Sallallahu Alaihee wa Sallim and Beloveds Alaihimurahmah.)The Shaykh accomplished a masters degree in pharmacy from The University of London, Kings College London. After commencing his career as a pharmacist he then went on to purchasing and running his own pharmacies, which he does currently.
He is amongst the first graduates of the Suyuti Institute and has also studied under the Grand Mufti of Pakistan, Shaykh Rafiq ul Hasani and the Grand Shaykh Ul Hadith Allamah Abun Nasar Manzoor Ahmed Rizvi, founder of the renknowned Jamia Faridia.
Shaykh Abu Yusha’s areas of teaching have principally been in Usool Hadith, Usool Tafsir and Tasawwuf as well as having also taught Islamic Law. He has a unique flare in delivering complicated concepts in a user friendly manner.
The Shaykh is fluent in three languages and has also lectured extensively to various audiences across the UK and on an International platform.
Mufti Rafiq Al Hasni coming soon …
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