The Quran has numerous rules instructing Muslims to choose and consume wholesome foodstuffs. In the selection of food and drink, Islam has laid down three very important guidelines:
Halal is a Quranic term which means 'permitted, allowed, authorised, approved, sanctioned or lawful'. Halal foods and drinks are permitted for consumption by Allah - the Supreme law giver.
In Canada, the role of a Halal Authority Certification Organisation is to audit , supervise and eventually deliver a Halal Certificate attesting that the products of a given company do satisfy the halal requirements.
Islam has introduced the concept of slaughter, whereby an animal would have to be properly slaughtered to be considered halal. The act of slaughtering is to ensure the quality of meat and to avoid any microbial contamination. For example, a dead but unslaughtered animal is normally associated with disease. Most disease originate from animal's blood, therefore, slaughtering is mandatory to ensure that complete drainage of blood from the animal's body - thus, minimizing the chance of microbial infection. This is compatible with the overall concept of cleanliness that is always emphasised in Islam.
Haram is a Quranic term which means 'prohibited or unlawlful'. Haram foods and drinks are absolutely prohibited by Allah, hence, forbidden for every Muslim
All foods are considered Halal except the following :
Mushbooh is an Arabic term which means 'suspected'. If one does not know the Halal or Haram status of a particular food or drink, such a food or drink is doubtful. An observant Muslim would prevent himself from consuming doubtful things such as stimulants, depressants, smoking etc...
Halal food certification refers to the examination of food processes in its preparation, slaughtering, cleaning, processing, handling, disinfecting, storing, transportation and management practices.The application of halal should apply to all stages of processing "from farm to table".Halal certification provides the following benefits: