The Concept of Halal

The concept of halal plays a central role in Islamic law. As the Arabic word for 'permissible', it dictates conduct that is considered lawful in accordance with Islamic scripture. As such, it is often contrasted with its opposite, haram, which describes actions that are deemed to be forbidden or unlawful.

Both terms can be applied to various aspects of life, although they are most commonly associated with food in particular. The Qur'an and the Hadith – which often act as primary sources of guidance for practising Muslims – prohibit the consumption of certain foods. Examples of haram foods include carnivorous animals, pork, non-halal animal fat, gelatine and animal blood.

Foods that have not been specifically prohibited for consumption are generally considered to be halal, albeit on the condition that they have been entirely prepared according to the principles of Islamic law.

The Role of Tayyib

The idea of wholesomeness, referred to in Islamic scripture as 'tayyib', underpins the concept of halal. Although halal and tayyib each have their own distinct meanings, they are inextricably linked. The concept of tayyib is described in both the Qur'an and the Hadith, putting a particular emphasis on food that is wholesome, fair, nutritious, pure, lawful and safe.

Like halal, the principle of tayyib has implications for the way in which practising Muslims consume food. As a concept, it stresses the importance of sustainable living and kindness to animals – a concept that is similar to modern sensibilities around food provenance, meat quality and animal welfare. For this reason, tayyib significantly broadens the range of considerations required for the responsible production and consumption of halal products.

Practical Implications

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the values of halal and tayyib have implications for the way in which food is produced. As Islam considers life to be a sacred blessing, both the treatment and slaughter of animals is subject to Islamic regulations. Although exact interpretations may vary slightly, this means that halal food production and animal slaughter should be carried out in accordance with the following rules:

 

  • Animal welfare should be respected throughout the course of an animal's lifetime

  • The slaughter process should be conducted by practising Muslims

  • In order to emphasise the sanctity of life, the name of God should be invoked prior to slaughter

  • The method of slaughter must involve a cut to the throat using a single, continuous motion

  • The slaughter of the animal should sever the carotid artery, windpipe and jugular veins

  • The spinal cord must remain intact

  • Knives must not be sharpened in the presence of an animal, nor should animals witness the slaughter of other animals

  • The knife should be razor sharp and free of blemishes

  • Animals should not be slaughtered in a position that is uncomfortable

  • Blood must be entirely drained out prior to the animal being processed further

How Haloodies Upholds These Principles

The values of halal and tayyib play a central role in the creation and development of Haloodies products. We stop at nothing to ensure each of the ingredients we work with is fully in keeping with these principles – and that commitment is reflected throughout every stage of our halal process.

Our intention to become the world’s most trusted halal brand means we uphold these values without compromise. This dedication isn’t just limited to the Haloodies team – it also applies to each of the suppliers we work with. As a result, Haloodies’ pursuit of quality and authenticity means our customers can focus on what’s important, enjoying the many flavours and possibilities offered by halal food.