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Glossary: Halal

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Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The term halal describes goods or actions that are permissible according to Sharia law and Islamic principles. Muslims are allowed or permitted to consume halal goods or services, and haram (the opposite of halal) goods are strictly forbidden to them.

All foods are considered halal with the exception of the following, which are haram:
(1) pork and its by-products;
(2) animals improperly slaughtered or dead before processing;
(3) animals killed in the name of anyone other than Allah;
(4) alcohol and intoxicants;
(5) carnivorous animals, birds of prey and land animals without external ears;
(6) blood and blood by-products; and
(7) foods contaminated by any of the above products.

Today, the concept of halal is not only confined to food, but also applied to other goods and services including (but not limited to) logistics, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals and tourism.


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