Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful. It refers to things or action permitted by Shariah law without punishment imposed on the doer. It is usually used to describe something that a Muslim is permitted to engage in, E.g. eat, drink or use.
The Halal Certificate is a document that guarantees that the products and services aimed at the Muslim population meet the requirements of Islamic law and therefore are suitable for consumption in both Muslim-majority countries and in Western countries where there significant population group who practice Islam (France, Germany, United Kingdom).
It is mainly applied to meat products and other food products such as milk, preserves and additives.
Products that are halal certified are often marked with a halal symbol, or simply the letter M (as the letter K is used to identify kosher products for Jewish population).
There are several institutions and organizations around the word providing Halal Certification Services.
All kind of food are considered halal except the following, which are haram:
• Swine/Pork and its by products.
• Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering.
• Animal not slaughtered in the name of Allah.
• Alcohol and all form of intoxicating and hazardous drinks.
• Carnivorous animals. Birds of prey, and land animals without external ears.
• Pest such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals,
• Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam e.g. ants, bees, and spider and woodpecker Birds,
• Animals, which are considered repulsive generally, like lice, flies, maggots and other similar animals.
• Animals that live both on land and In water such as frog, crocodile and other similar animals,
• Blood and by products of blood.
• Foods and drink, which contain any of the above haram ingredients or contaminated through contact with nay of the above products