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Definition of Halal

“Halal” is a word in the Holy Scripture, the Qur’an to signify permissibility of usage of something or consumption of specified meat and foodstuffs.

“Haram” is an opposite word to Halal which is also mentioned in the Qur’an to denote that something is forbidden or proscribed for usage or consumption.


The Quran directs a Muslim, the believer in Chapter 2:172

O you believe, eat of the good things We provided you with and give thanks to Allah if Him it is that you serve”

Prior this verse, Allah revealed for the whole mankind in Chapter 2:168

” O men! Eat the lawful and good things out of what is in the earth and, do not follow the footsteps the Shaitan (the devil), surely he is your open enemy”

Having guided as above, Allah cites in Chapter 5:87

” O you who believe ! do not forbid yourselves the food things which Allah has made lawful for you and, do not exceed the limits; surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits”

And then in the following verse Chapter 5:88 Allah commands
” and eat of the lawful and wholesome that Allah has given you and be careful of your duty to Allah in Whom you believe”

Further on it is mentioned in Chapter 16:114

” therefore eat of what Allah has given you lawful , pure and wholesome and give thanks for Allah’s favour if Him do you serve ”

Therefore, it follows that Halal means in relation to meat

  1. no carrion
  2. no flowing blood and 
  3. no pig or porcine substance

In other aspects and activities of life a Muslim is bound by covenants to indulge in Halal only, say, for example, Halal finance, Halal earnings, Halal behaviour, Halal attire and Halal past-time and so on

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