The term Halal is an Arabic Word that references anything that is allowed and permitted in day to day activities of Muslims. The concept Halal in itself is not just about restrictions on meat and products consumption that may have derived from pork or alcoholic beverages. The concept covers a whole range of practices or activities that deal with food, beverages, fashion, tourism, banking and finances, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, logistics services and transportation. In other words, what the concept Halal represents is a lifestyle that a Muslim as well as a non-Muslim can identify with when considering the safety and guarantee of the foods that they consume.
The two main legal sources of what constitutes Halal or Haram are the sacred book of Qur´an and the Hadiths (traditions and sayings of Prophet Muhammad).
When we refer to foods for example, the source of the legal term for the ones that are permitted to Muslims is found in the Qur’ an:
Oh, you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided you with, and give thanks to Allah if him it is that you worship (2:172)
As regards to meat, the principle of Halal requires that the name of Allah be mentioned before sacrificing (slaughtering) the animal. This principle is found in the following verse of the Qur’an:
So, eat of that meat upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses. (6:118)
And do not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is a grave disobedience. (6:121)
Other Islamic sources where one finds the principles of Halal and the Haram in the daily life of the Muslim and the consumption of food and drink are the Hadiths.
EAs regards to Halal and Haram, for example, an authentic (sound) Hadith narrated by al-Hakim and cited by al bazzar in Al-Halal wa al Haram fil Islam (The Origen of what is Halal and what is Haram in Islam) says the following:
"What Allah has made lawful in His Book is Halal and what He has forbidden is haram, and that which He is silent about is allowed as His favor. So, accept from Allah His favor, for Allah is not forgetful of anything.” And he later recited “And never is your Lord forgetful." (19:64)
The term Haram is also an Arabic word which simply means what is not permitted or allowed for Muslims to engage in or consume in their daily lives. Thus, the concept in itself is the opposite of or contrary to what is accepted or considered Halal. In general, there are very few things that are not permitted in Islam.
The concept of Tayyib is that which is good or pure. When referring to food, Al-Tayyeb simply means that which is good, pure and healthy and not prejudicial to our health. It is a concept that is directly related to the concept of Halal. As such, Muslims are always advised to seek for that which fulfills both requirements, i.e., halal and al-tayyeb. The concept of Al-Tayyeb, is not however limited only to the slaughtering of animals. It involves other products as well. When speaking of animals, we are referring to animals that have been properly and adequately raised and do not carry anything that may be harmful to our health.
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