The interpretations of the word Islam is very diverse one of which is as follows:
“Subjugation, to keep to the prohibitions and permitted without restraint, to serve ALLAH only sincerely, to believe in what He tells us and to have firm faith in Him.”Muslims voluntarily subordinate themselves to the standard code of ALLAH (ta’ala) as their Creator, and they surrender and act according to His rules that can be defined as Islam. Islam is a way of life that encompasses and regulates all areas of human existence and therefore affects all areas of life. Muslims’ observance of the halal norms is, therefore, compulsory not only in the well-known dietary restrictions (pork and alcohol banning) but also in clothing, social, education, and in economy and finance (contracting, banking, insurance, Etc.) as well as in all other daily life works.
It is strictly forbidden for Muslims to declare halal as a Haram or to declare Haram as a halal.
Halal and Haram Principle
This is only to provide you with a basic overview of the meaning of Halal and Haram in Islam. In the modern life and modern food industry, the definition of Halal and Haram becoming increasingly more important. This is a very sensitive topic, and Islam provides the exact details that should be followed by Muslims and the food and beverage industry producing Halal goods.
The Islamic philosophy of Halal and Haram is based on the premise that man as a rational creature is endowed with a free will and therefore has to bear responsibility for his actions in the world and the hereafter. The individual approach to responsibility is reflected, among other things, in the conscious and voluntary observance of the standard code for Halal and Haram.
Muslims do not understand the halal-haram principle as a restriction of their freedom or a relic of an outdated social structure which is in need of reform, but as a timeless, just and always valid principle of a God-wished life presupposed by their Creator. The supreme principle of Shari’a, the Islamic standard system, is “the defense of the harmful and the promoting of useful.”
“All things are halal. Haram are only things and actions, Which are classified as such by the Shari’a. “
The opposite of Halal is Haram, which linguistically stands for “the unacceptable, the forbidden and the unauthorized.”
As a concept of Islamologie, Halal includes all things and actions which, from the Islamic point of view, are permitted and Islam-conform.
For the observance of the halal standards, ALLAH (ta’ala) reward is expected both in this world and the hereafter.“
Opposite to Halal is Haram according to Islamic Schari’a, all things, and actions that Islam has forbidden for Muslims.
For nutrition, categories listed below are considered haram:
- Meat from pork like ham, gammon, bacon, etc.
- Pork-based products and by-products – and Pork derivatives.
- Animals improperly slaughtered, or already dead before slaughtering is due to take place.
- Animals killed in the name of anyone other than Allah.
- Wine and its derivative.
- Most carnivorous animals, birds of prey and land animals without external ears (i.e., snakes, reptiles, worms, etc.)
- Blood and blood by-products.
- Foods contaminated with any of the above products
Between the Halal and Haram, there is a grey zone, which is called Makruh. According to Islamic terminology of Makruh (linguistic: frowned-upon, unwanted), it encompasses all things that are not expressly forbidden but tend towards Haram. It is advisable for the Muslims to avoid these grazers as a precaution.