Halal Definition

Ghanim International is committed to adhering to strict Halal principles and ensures the systems it has in place and the processes it implements are just that.

What is Halal?

Halal is an Arabic word meaning "lawful" or "permitted". The word Halal is predominantly used in relation to food and food products, food ingredients, cosmetics and personal care which have been produced or manufactured in accordance to Islamic teachings and the principles of Shariah Law.

Halal Animals

The following animals are fit for Muslim consumption
  • All domestic birds
  • Goats
  • Rabbits
  • All cattle
  • Camels
  • Fish
  • Sheep
  • All types of buck
  • Locusts

Haram Animals

The opposite of Halal is Haram which is the Arabic term which means "Unlawful" or "Impermissible" in Islam. The consumption of the following animals is against the dietary laws of Islam. Likewise any ingredient or product derived from them or contaminated with them is also prohibitted for a Muslim to consume.
  • Meat of swine (pig) including all its by-products
  • Meat of an animal that was not blessed with the name of Allah at the time of slaughter
  • Meat of carrion animals
  • Meat of animals that were strangled to death
  • Meat of animals that were beaten to death
  • Meat of animals that died due to falling from a height
  • Meat of animals that were gored to death by a horn
  • Meat of animals that were partly devoured by wild beasts
  • Animals killed in a manner which prevents their blood from being fully drained from their bodies
  • Carnivorous animals with fangs, e.g. lions, dogs, wolves, tigers etc
  • Birds of prey e.g. falcons, eagles, owls, vultures etc
  • Reptiles, snakes, crocodiles
  • Mules and Asses
  • Pests e.g. rats and scorpions
  • Insects excluding locusts

Haram Fluids

  • All types of alcohol
  • Blood
  • Intoxicating of all types, including alcohol and drugs etc

The Halal Slaughter Process

The mentioned animals excluding fish and locusts will only be considered Halal when they are slaughtered according to the following guidelines:
  • The slaughter man must be a Muslim
  • Prior to slaughter, the slaughter man must invoke the name of Allah upon the animal to be slaughtered by reciting “Bismillahi Allahu Akbar” or at the very least recite “Bismillah"
  • He must immediately slaughter the animal after the recital without any significant delay
  • His knife must be extremely sharp in order that the slaughter may be conducted efficiently and easily and the animal suffers minimal distress He must sever the following arteries:
    • Trachea (windpipe)
    • Oesophagus (gullet)
    • both Jugular Veins
  • If it is not possible for the slaughter man to cut all four arteries due to whatever reason then he must sever at least three in order to render the meat Halal
  • He must conduct the slaughter manually (i.e. by hand) and swiftly. The knife must not be lifted before the cut is complete and the cut must be below the Adam’s apple
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