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Halal is an abbreviation of the term Halalan Thoyiban. The term describes goods or actions that are permissible and wholesome according Syariah laws and Islamic principles.

Stating that all things are originally wholesome, Halal is a guideline to distinguish from harmful, intoxicating or, otherwise, Haram goods. Non-Halal or Haram goods are thus prohibited or strictly forbidden to Muslims.

Food and drinks that are neither Halal or Haram, otherwise classified as Syubhah should be avoided, until they are officially declared Halal. Since distinguishing between Halal and Haram is often complex, these guidelines vary from country to country.

The Malaysian Standard MS1500:2009: "Halal Food - Production, Preparation, Handling & Storage -General Guideline (First Revision)" sets the benchmark for Halal food consumption in the country. Food is certified Halal if it fulfills the following Syariah Law requirements:

  • Does not contain any non-Halal parts or products of animals, or animal products which are not slaughtered according to Muslim rites
  • Does not contain Najs ingredients (filthy or unclean)
  • Is safe and not harmful
  • Not prepared processed or manufactured using equipment contaminated with Najs
  • Contains ingredients from human parts or its derivatives
  • Is physically separated from foods that do not fulfil the above requirements during preparation, processing, packaging, storage and transportation

Halal is often associated with safe, clean and nutritious food, prepared according to Islamic principles. But in fact, the concept of Halal applies to personal care and cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals, as well as finance and other services.

No doubt, the Halal is echoed by the fact that the global Muslim population is expected to grow from 1.6 billion to 3 billion. Coupled with the fact that non-Muslims are increasingly accepting Halal products and services, the global trade value for Halal products is estimated at USD 1.2 trillion annually.

The industry's sheer potential has garnered interest from the business community worldwide, hastening the move toward the development of global Halal standards; extending to activities such as logistics and packaging.

Modern-day Halal Issues

In a world with diverse choices of goods and services, Muslims in the 21st century face a host of modern-day Halal issues less pervasive in the past. Islamic authorities and bodies, such as HDC, are addressing.

Many issues revolve around food produced by way of modern science and technology. Consumer demands regarding food - be it varied flavours, convenience and safety - has led to the introduction of new additives and ingredients. As a result, use of synthetic ingredients and hormones, plus genetic engineering and biotechnology methods are increasingly prevalent.

This advancement has created grey areas for Muslims, now exposed to foods of questionable Halal status. Therefore, HDC has a role to play in quelling the Muslim consumer's confusion when it comes to purchasing Shariah-compliant foods as well as increasing awareness and distinguishing between Halal, Haram or Syubhah foods.

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