Why HALAL FOOD is GOOD for EVERYONE

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Why HALAL FOOD is GOOD for EVERYONE

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Within the Muslim community, halal is used to describe what is permissible both in food and in actions. We typically associate halal with food, as do many non-Muslims. For purposes of this article, we explore why halal food, specifically meat and poultry, is good for everyone.

I grew up devouring literature with information on eating right and living healthy. When I became a Muslim nearly ten years ago, I was excited to learn about the guidelines set forth in the Quran as it relates to what a Muslim should and should not eat.

In the process, I realized that I was fortunate enough to develop health-conscious eating habits early on in life that morphed into actions related to food consumption in accordance with Islam.

It was quickly obvious to me that the two went hand in hand.

Halal For A Healthier World :

As a food writer and blogger, I keep up with the latest news and trends on the U.S. and international food scenes on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there are more and more instances in which food is contaminated and people sickened from preventable issues related to food safety and sanitation in both the agricultural and manufacturing sectors.

Also unfortunate is the rising number of preventable diseases related to over-consumption.

Alhamdullilah, there is a growing movement in the U.S. to revolutionize how and what we eat. First Lady Michelle Obama, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and well-known food writers such as Michael Pollan and Alice Waters are heading up this movement through books, documentaries and lectures across the country.

Because of this push to educate the masses, many people are not only reading labels but demanding to know the source of their food. They want to know what the animals are eating and how they are living, the kind of air they are breathing and what, if anything is being injected into their bodies. They are visiting farms, talking to farmers, insisting on organic products, or at least those that are all natural and not sprayed or injected with harmful pesticides, toxins or artificial growth hormones.

How does halal food fit into this parameter?

Halal encompasses more than just meat, or even the type of meat eaten, although it is the most discussed type of product consumed.

For an animal to go from farm to table as halal food, it must have lived a pure life from the very beginning, finishing a cycle of life that is permissible in accordance with Islamic standards. It must have eaten well, been treated well, and been sacrificed well. It may sound good in theory, but what does this all mean?

The Life Of The Animal :

The kind of treatment and feed an animal receives during its life is important. It should be not be abused, mistreated or caused any pain. It should not be confined to an area where it cannot move or walk normally or get fresh air. It should be fed clean water and food that is appropriate and absolutely never fed another animal or products that contain the by-products of other animals.

The Sacrifice Of The Animal :

As an animal should be treated well during its life, it should also be treated well at the time it is sacrificed for us. The slaughter should never be done in the presence of other animals and the animal should be made comfortable as it is positioned for the sacrifice. The act of the sacrifice should be done with a sharp object, so as to accelerate the process and reduce the pain suffered by the animal as much as possible.*

Afterwords, the blood should be completely drained from the animal. It is the blood that carries toxins, germs and bacteria and when left inside the body of the animal, could potentially make people sick. At the very least, it could make the cooked meat quite tough. An amazing result of cooking and consuming halal meat is a healthy meat in which the resulting texture is tender and the meat delicious. Some people say they can “taste the difference”.

Treating One’s Body Well Is A Good Thing :

On the flip side of halal is the haram (impermissible). The most commonly known haram consumables are alcohol and pork (and their by-products), both of which are the cause of numerous health issues. (This is backed by scientific data.) Although these two products themselves could constitute their own essay, for purposes of this article they are only briefly mentioned here.

Instead of seeing the impermissible as a closed door on food choices, one can embrace an entire world of exciting, delicious and healthy variety of foods. Islam enjoins us to treat our bodies well as it has a right over us and will testify against us on the Day of Judgment for any injustices we may have caused it during our lifetime.

Treating our bodies with wholesome foods free of harmful ingredients — pesticides, toxins, pollutants, filth, etc. — is not just a value desired by Muslims, it’s desired by all of humanity. It’s a common need, a common desire and a common right, and that means everyone can benefit from consuming halal foods and avoiding what is not.

*Narrated Shaddad bin Aus (Radiyallahu Anhu) Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Anyone of you should sharpen his blade so that the animal may be spared from the suffering of the sharpening.” [Reported by hadith narrator Sahih Muslim].

Yvonne Maffei

Yvonne Maffei Yvonne Maffei, M.A., is a culinary educator and the founder and Editor of My Halal Kitchen, a halal food and cooking blog showcasing culinary tips and healthy halal recipes.

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Branding Halal Food As Safe, Healthy And Clean :

By Ruzanna Muhammad, The Halal Journal published 4 years ago

The Halal concept is not foreign to Muslims everywhere around the globe; it has always been a lifestyle. It is not an alien concept amongst Non-Muslims either, especially those in Muslim countries. However, the concept had not been a major element in the fabric of life in predominantly Non-Muslim countries.

According to Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini – Executive Director of Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) and author of “Islamic Dietary Concepts and Practices” – this is perhaps due to the fact that Muslims there have failed to exert pressure on the manufacturers in the food industry regarding their demands of Halal food.

The good news is, times have changed, and now Halal is no longer merely a religious obligation or observance, but is considered as the standard of choice for both Muslims and Non-Muslims worldwide.

“Halal has now become a universal concept. Halal stands for just and fair business transactions, caring for animals and the environment, social justice and welfare. It is not limited to a concept, confined or restricted to the slaughtering of animals for consumption by a Muslim, but encompasses products and services of the highest quality to meet the ever increasing awareness and needs of consumers in a demanding global market,” says Nurliza Ramli – author of the article, “Halal – The New Global Market Force”.

Demands for Halal branding are driven by the fast-growing Muslim population and also by Non-Muslim consumers seeking clean, healthy and safe food. The surge was especially evident during the outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus in 2005.

There was tangible increase in sales in Halal stores throughout Moscow, from USD 45 to 70 million a year to USD 100 million a year. Non-Muslim Russians made purchases from Muslim stores because they believed the products are fresh, safe and infection-free, and had confidence that Muslims would not cheat from adherence to their religious beliefs not to cheat.

In the Philippines, non-Muslims also tend to prefer foodstuff stamped with the Halal logo for health reasons. The public relations office of Victoria Foods Corporation – one of many firms with Halal certification – said that an increasing number of Filipinos are becoming health-conscious. Filipinos are now looking for Halal products, which they believe not only to be safe but also healthy and good.

Fears of the Mad Cow Disease epidemic have also spurred the growth in the Halal sector. Mad Cow Disease is the common term for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). BSE is a transmissible, neurodegenerative, fatal brain disease that afflicts cattle.

According to epidemiological studies conducted in the United Kingdom (UK), the source of BSE was cattle feed prepared from bovine tissues. It is transmissible to humans by ingestion of meat from an animal infected with BSE. Humans then contract the human form of the disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Its outbreak caused an uproar, which led to consumers choosing Halal and Zabiha (the process of slaughtering according to Islamic principles) meat, alongside Halal’s neighbours such as organic or natural food, deemed to be safe and infection-free. Organic and natural meat is safe because animals are not fed with feed containing ruminants.

It is of no surprise that Halal branding is now as popular as its other market neighbours in the mainstream of food industry. Halal branding’s market neighbours are none other than kosher, natural, healthy, organic, environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free / animal welfare, ethnic, and fair trade.

These brand values are popular mostly because society is more exposed to and aware of issues concerning health, animal rights and safety, the environment, and social justice and welfare. With these issues in mind, Halal branding has potential to gain credibility, fame and popularity amongst the non-Muslim society because the principle of Halal covers all these concerns under one roof. Plus, the demand and the market value of Halal food worldwide are on a perpetual upward trend, unaffected by traditional western market forces.

Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – the Malaysian prime minister – said, in his address to the Developing Eight (D8) member countries in Bali, Indonesia in 2006,

“Based on simple calculations and by looking at the per capita expenditure on food among the Muslim population around the world, we estimate that the Halal food market is worth at least USD 580 billion a year.”

The market value of Halal food industry is so significant, no one single food product manufacturer will fail to benefit from it. It is analogous to the nectar that will attract the bees, where the latter are the food product manufacturers.

Dr. Marco Avenati of Firmenich – the world’s largest private company that produces fragrances and flavours for the cosmetics and food industry, founded in Geneva, Switzerland – said at the Halal Conference 2003, “At Firmenich, we see Halal certification as another level of quality assurance, which improves the product itself.”

To date, there are three major Halal product manufacturers in the United States (US). They are Al-Safa – a Jewish-owned company, Halal Premium and Twin Rivers. According to Nordin Abdullah – director, KasehDia Consulting, for every one Halal product on the US supermarket shelves, there are eighty-six kosher products. This could be one of the reasons why Halal branding is unfamiliar to most in non-Muslim countries.

Most people find it more convenient to shop for groceries or provisions in supermarkets. You have the benefit of being able to choose from a myriad of brands for every different product, and, of course, there will be almost everything you need all in one place.

Therefore, accessibility-wise, supermarkets have more buying appeal and power compared to the existing little Halal goods shops at the corner. The little shops were not prolific in non-Muslim countries, but they are becoming a trend. Most Muslims in non-Muslim countries face accessibility difficulties, since they must make a trip further away from home just to buy groceries.

I must say, the solution is to have credible and certified Halal-branded products lining up the shelves in supermarkets. Thus, both Muslims and non-Muslims preferring Halal will have easier access to Halal food, without having to make two stops when out grocery shopping.

With 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, the global retail market for Halal food is worth USD 400 to 580 billion per annum in 2006, based on per capita expenditure on food, by Muslims. With reference to the US Centre for World Mission Report, the Muslim population is increasing at the rate of 2.9 per cent. It is estimated that the Muslim population in 2007 will reach a total of 1.8 billion. This increase is bound to raise the market value of Halal food.

The question is: will consumers in non-Muslim countries shy away from the idea of Halal branding? They might not find the idea of Halal branding unappealing per se, but more to how the animals are slaughtered. Non-Muslims would most likely think of it as cruelty to animals, believing the animals suffer for approximately two minutes prior to death, having allowed the slaughtered animals to bleed to death.

However, the Islamic principles of slaughtering clearly state that the knife used for slaughter must be very sharp, to ensure a quick, deep and clean cut through the vital anatomy of the neck of an animal – mainly the trachea, oesophagus and major blood vessels.

This is to guarantee the least amount of suffering for the animal. Efforts by the scientific community support that the Halal slaughtering method initiates massive haemorrhaging, which induces anoxia – lack of oxygen – in the brain cells, acting as a powerful painkiller.

This painkiller effect, as a result of severe bleeding, disables the sensory centre, thus causing the animal to become totally insensitive to pain. This assertion had been made based on claims by the Association of Muslim Lawyers in the UK.

Another point of concern relating to the Halal concept is the fact that it is based on Islamic principles, and this might lead non-Muslims to feel that Halal branding is but a step to “Islamicise” the society in non-Muslim countries.

In actual fact, the purpose of Halal branding is to assure and promote clean, safe and healthy food products, and also to accommodate the needs of Muslims worldwide, especially in non-Muslim countries.

Despite its detractors, Halal branding is making its mark everywhere around the world. It had been merely a religious obligation for Muslims, but most non-Muslim consumers are beginning to prefer food products with the Halal branding because it is believed to be safe, healthy and clean.

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There is one tincy wincy problem, we don't want our food to be sacrificed in the name of sock puppet allah and his pedophile child molester-rapist Ol Mo
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Horrified environmental health inspectors shut down fried chicken shop near Clapham Junction after finding raw sewage in the kitchen sink'

A fried chicken shop near Europe’s busiest railway station has been shut down after horrified inspectors found raw sewage in the kitchen sink.

Customers at Dallas Chicken & Ribs in Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, risked exposure to diseases including Hepatitis A and E.coli.

Chicken wings were being defrosted in a kitchen flooded by raw sewage pouring from broken drain pipes, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard.

Inspectors found faecal matter and toilet paper on the floor next to a mop bucket.

A prohibition notice was served on 12 March and that was replaced by a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order meaning the takeaway will remain closed until deemed safe again.

Environmental health worker David Stupples told the court: ‘On 12 March we visited Dallas Chicken & Ribs following requests for assistance from a colleague who visited the premises for a routine food hygiene inspection and found infested drain pipes and mice.

‘We found that there was an imminent risk of public health, it was flooded with raw sewage including visible faecal matter.

‘The drain pipes could be seen emanating with raw sewage, there was also evidence of mice droppings in the rear section of the kitchen.’

Referring to a series of photos shown to magistrates Mr Stupples said: ‘Faecal matter was visible in the sewage and there was faecal matter around the working area.

‘There was a bucket containing raw sewage which the defendant hadn’t attempted to mop up.

‘Human faeces was on the toilet paper on the floor. Raw chicken wings were being defrosted in the adjacent sink, there was a mop bucket with raw sewage still in it.’

Mr Stupples showed the magistrates photographs of drain flies and mice droppings on the wooden chopping board on the kitchen surface.

There was a risk of transmission of diseases such as Hepatitis A, E.coli and gastroenteritis which can all be caught by exposure to raw sewage, the inspector added.

The magistrates declined to view video footage, saying they had seen enough, granted the prohibition order and awarded costs of £225 to be paid.

Dallas Chicken & Ribs owner Ladeeq Ahmad, of Malden Road, Sutton, did not attend court but wrote an email to inspectors on Tuesday, saying: ‘Thanks for your email, I am not coming to court tomorrow as I am not challenging the order.

‘I would like you to come back to inspect again as the problems have been rectified.’
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Hello Garudaman

Does cutting the throat of conscious animals for human consumption cause any pain to the animals?

Are they distressed in any way other than pain?

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Much like many other rituals in Islam - Halal was borrowed from Kosher Judaism. Ever wonders why pork meat is forbidden in Islam? - because it is forbidden in Judaism.

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