What is Halal
Halal is Arabic for permissible. Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Quran. It is frequently applied to permissible food and drinks. In Islam it means the things that are lawful to do according to the Islamic law. In Islam every single thing is listed under its law. The laws are halal and haram. Here halal means things that are allowed to do. Haram means forbidden. The daily chores we do like eatin,sleeping,talking etc.
But nowadays halal is a term commonly used for meat or food, because Muslims are not allowed meat that is not halal. The animals are categorized as halal and haram. The animals that eat the plant are halal like goat, sheep, beef etc. Most birds are also halal in addition to meat-eating birds such as eagle, vulture, crow etc. Carnivorous animals such as cats, dogs etc. are forbidden which means forbidden. Pork is forbidden in Islam. It is not a hygienic animal according to Islamic medicine. Even if the animal is not slaughtered, halal meat will be prohibited. For example mutton is halal but if the meat is of a goat who has died of disease then it is considered haraam like pork. So to eat the flesh of a halal animal, we should cut its throat and kill it. The explanation for this is that by cutting the throat the animal will die faster and most of the blood will be gone.
What is Haram
Haram is arabic word, which means “forbidden”. Haram is anything which is prohibited in Islam. It is the antonym of halal.
The religious term haram can be applied to:-
- Certain foodstuffs or food ingredients such as alcohol or pork.
- And also to foods, objects and people that would normally be halal but which were tarnished it some or other way, for example meat slaughtered in a non- permitted way.
- Certain behaviours, such as adultery or abuse, abstention in the general elections.
- Haram also applied to ill-gotten wealth obtained through sin. Example:- include money earned through cheating, stealing, corruption, murder or any means that involves haram (prohibited by Allah) to another human being. It is prohibited in Islam for a true Muslim to profit from such a haram action. Any believer who benefits from or lives off wealth obtained through is not a Muslim.