Halal – The word has been derived from the Arabic language meaning permissible or lawful.
The Qur'an strongly enjoins Muslims to treat animals with compassion and not to abuse them. The animals, together with all the creation, are believed to praise God, even if this praise is not expressed in human language. Halal is a hand slaughter method which is done by a Muslim by pronouncing the name of Allah. The animal has to be in good health, not suffering from any sickness and has to be given water before slaughtering. This method also ensures that after the slaughter the blood of the animal is drained from its body to avoid infection thus making it safe for human consumption. This method of slaughter is known as Dhabiha and the main aim of Dhabiha is to limit the pain that the animal goes through at the time of slaughter unlike the other method of impact killing.
Scientific tests have proved that Dhabiha is a less painful option than impact killing of animals. For more details click on
Islam further prohibits consumption of blood of any type. Chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health. Being toxic in nature, uric acid is excreted as a waste product and in fact 98% of the body's uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination. Therefore, consumption of blood in any manner is not advised scientifically.
Benefits of Halal:
- Being sure of what you are eating
- Improved safety and freshness of the product
- Maintaining the nutritional value of the food content
- Avoiding the usage of products that are harmful for human body