As many of you know, every chilled meat that Najma Foods produces carries halal certification from a number of organisations. We aim to provide you with halal foods that not only meet all current regulations but also taste absolutely amazing.
Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions about halal that have been allowed to spread in the media and various parts of the world. These misconceptions can even lead to people avoiding halal products entirely.
With this article, we aim to put paid to a few of those errors by presenting a few interesting facts about halal that you may not know.
The halal food industry is growing constantly for a number of reasons. The main one is that the world’s Muslim population is forecast to grow by to 2.2 billion by 2030. That would be a 35% increase in the number of Muslims in the world in 2010.
This has led to huge growth in the halal food sector. The industry currently generates about £1 trillion globally and accounts for about 20% of all food production.
The term “halal” covers much more than just food preparation. Those who follow halal guidelines must avoid the following:
- Drinking alcohol
- Consuming blood in its liquid form
- Eating any form of pig meat
- Eating the meat from an animal that has died of natural causes
- Eating meat from an animal that has died as a result of beating or strangulation
All animals used to make halal meat must be slaughtered in a “permissible” way. We’ve gone into more detail about this before. But the basics are that the animal must be slaughtered by hand and all blood needs to be drained from its body. The animal also cannot be slaughtered in the presence of other animals.
Just as halal defines any permissible or lawful action in Islamic culture, haram defines any unlawful action. For example, eating pig’s meat would be considered an act of haram. The term mashbooh refers to any issues that are not clearly halal or haram. It is used when there is doubt about whether an action is permissible or not.
The slaughtering method used for halal meat is both kinder and cleaner than most western slaughtering methods. The act of draining the blood releases toxins from the animal’s system. Moreover, ensuring other animals don’t see the act prevents the release of stress hormones that would otherwise taint the meat. The end result is a cleaner cut of meat that’s healthier for the human body to consume.
Almost all seafood is considered halal. The only exceptions are animals that leave on both land and water, otherwise known as amphibians. For example, you cannot eat frogs when eating halal. However, you can eat practically all varieties of fish.
Shellfish are a more contentious subject. Some consider it halal while others argue against it. This is a type of animal that would fall into the mashbooh category mentioned earlier.
The Final Word
Hopefully, these facts will leave you feeling a little more informed about what halal is and what it means to the Islamic culture.