Halal Corner

Halal, also know as Zabihah, refers to permitted foods, and to meat that is slaughtered according to Islamic method.

  • The animal is killed instantly and mercifully, typically by slicing the throat, to prevent any pain.

  • All blood is drained from the animal's carcass.

  • A blessing, such as "In the Name of Allah, Allah is the Greatest" is pronounced on the animal as it is slaughtered.

  • Meat and by-products from most animals, excluding pork and its by-products, are permitted.

  • Eating carrion, and animals that eat carrion is prohibited.

  • Consuming alcohol is also prohibited.


  • "He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful." (2:173)



    "O ye who believe! fulfill (all) obligations. Lawful unto you (for food) are all four-footed animals, with the exceptions named: But animals of the chase are forbidden while ye are in the sacred precincts or in pilgrim garb: for Allah doth command according to His will and plan." (5:1)



    "Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah. that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful." (5:3)



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    "They ask thee what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by Allah. eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah over it: and fear Allah. for Allah is swift in taking account." (5:4)



    (All English Translations by Yusuf Ali)

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