Why Eating Halal Food is Totally Acceptable

Halal food has always been incredibly unique and tasty. Around the 1960s, as the number of Muslim immigrants increased, it began in the United States. While in my home country, the Philippines, before the colonization of the Spanish regime in 1565, many were Muslims. In fact, as of today, many in the Mindanao region are Muslims practicing Islam.

I prefer and advocate eating halal food because it can improve our spiritual wellness in addition to being richly delicious.

It can be intimidating because when you hear about halal food, you automatically assume you’ll have to give up many delicious foods, such as alcoholic beverages and pork. And you are correct! Who would refuse to eat a slow-grilled pork belly with a tasty barbeque sauce for lunch or crispy bacon and eggs for breakfast, except Muslims, Vegetarians, and Vegans?

Question is:

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Why Eating Halal Food is Acceptable

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First of all, let’s talk about the meaning of halal.

Halal or hallal is an Arabic word that means permissible or allowable. Halal is anything acceptable and respectable toward our Almighty God. It can be an action, intention, and food. Therefore, we can say that halal is a positive, moral, and modest concept in the service of God.

While haram is the opposite of halal, which simply means forbidden—any action, intention, and food that is not pleasing to our Almighty God is haram.

In all honesty, when we consider the context of halal, even non-believers can gain from it. Halal encourages positivity, modesty, love, and respect for one another, animals, and our environment.

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What is Halal Food?

Most of us think chicken or lamb is automatically halal. Absolutely not!

I thought the same way, but I learned that halal food is connected with the rigorous regulations for the processing and preparation of meat under Islamic dietary laws. Meat from a swine or a prohibited cut (such as the hindquarters) cannot be certified as halal. The procedure for butchering a halal animal is known as “Zabihah,” and it must adhere to the rules listed below:

  • The killing must be done in the name of God. Usually, they say “Bismillah,” which is Arabic for “in the name of God.”
  • To achieve humane slaughter, the tool must be extremely sharp.
  • The animal’s throat needs to be cut.
  • The animal cannot be asleep.
  • The animal needs to be hanged upside-down and allowed to completely drain its blood. Because it is forbidden to eat blood.
  • The People of the Book (Christian or Jew) or a Muslim must complete these requirements.
  • The animal has to have been fed a natural diet devoid of by-products from other animals.

Therefore, it is not deemed halal if a chicken or lamb is killed without fulfilling these standards. I was indeed in awe when I first learned about this! And I felt stirred and motivated.

As a believer, I remember this beautiful reminder, 1 Corinthians 10:23,31  “Everything is permissible,” BUT not everything is helpful. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. All these rigorous regulations for processing and preparing meat are for God’s glory. And as a believer, I feel that having a good connection and relationship with our Creator is our ultimate goal. So, one way to honor God is through consuming food that is pleasing to Him.

I think that eating halal food implies supporting correct meat processing, encouraging humane animal slaughter, and supporting healthier meat options for both believers and non-believers.

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What is the Importance of Eating Halal Food?

As a command from God (Allah), eating halal food is an essential element of the Islamic faith. Eating halal food was emphasized numerous times in His books.

Some Quranic Verses that remind us about halal foods:

“O Messengers, eat from the pure foods and work righteousness” (Holy Quran 23:51)

“O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you” (Holy Quran 2:172)

“O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and pure” (Holy Quran 2:168)

“So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah’s name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” (Holy Quran 6:118)

“And do not eat that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed it is a grave disobedience”. (Holy Quran 6:121)

Some Bible Verses that remind us about halal foods:

Leviticus 11:1-47 tells us that we only must eat clean meat rather than unclean meat.

Deuteronomy 14:1-29 tells us “..you are a people holy to the Lord your God..” “You shall not eat any abomination.” 

Because God made man in His own image, 1 Corinthians 10:31, tells us that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Leviticus 19:26 also tells us that “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it.”

Leviticus 11:7 specifically mentioned, “And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you.”

After reading and contemplating these verses, it all boils down to the importance of obedience. I think one of our tests in this world as believers is if we commit ourselves in obedience. It’s simple to say that one believes in God, follows Jesus, or adheres to Prophet Muhammad, but it’s incredibly difficult to actually live up to those claims. The same goes for non-believers, it’s easy to say I promote peace, wellness, love, and respect for one another but in reality, it’s absolutely hard to walk the talks.

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What are the Benefits of Eating Halal Food?

Preservation of a promising relationship with our Creator.

Clearly, if you are a believer like me, you will always want to improve your relationship with our Almighty God. As previously stated, obedience is key. Following His command and teachings will allow us to better understand His will. Eating halal food is a form of submission to Him. To strive harder to come clean, even in our eating lifestyle.

Having that feeling of peace and comfort with what you consume.

I think supporting businesses that apply ethical values to their products and services are favorable. Considering the stringent regulations for processing and preparing meat under Islamic dietary laws to produce halal food is remarkable.

I would certainly appreciate and purchase meat that has been humanely prepared and slaughtered, as it can provide me with a sense of peace and comfort. I’m confident that the meat I’ll eat will provide the sustenance my body requires while I practice my faith.

Halal Food has various health benefits.

  • It’s safer to eat halal food because, in Halal-certified meat, food safety and hygiene are always prioritized. Also, many other profit-driven farms use antibiotics and pesticides, which Halal meat farmers do not.
  • It tastes better because the blood is drained correctly from the meat, making it more tender. Because there is no blood in halal meat, it is also bacteria-resistant.
  • Animals are raised with respect and tender loving care. While other living animals are present, no animals may be slaughtered. Making them stress hormone-free, resulting in great meat for people to consume.
  • Guaranteed hygienic! Farmers and butchers strictly follow rigorous regulations to meet the standard of halal meat. Therefore, animals are given nutritious and clean meals when being raised. If any animal becomes sick or unfit, it is not allowed to be slaughtered for consumption.

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How to Determine Halal Meat?

Various authenticating bodies certify producers and suppliers of halal meat and other halal food. These may differ depending on their country of origin, for example. Normally, there will be Halal markings on the packaging. Personally, I consider countries that strictly adhere to the Islamic faith because there is a greater likelihood that the halal marking on the product is genuine. See examples of certifying bodies here.

Why you should eat Halal food?

There are good motivations why you should consider eating halal food. Like me, as a believer, I choose to eat halal food because it can help me enhance my relationship with our Creator. In addition to that, since I do have some health conditions, I believe that eating halal food can help me improve my physical and health wellness. Let alone it also encourages a healthy and eco-friendly eating lifestyle. This is why eating halal food is totally acceptable even to non-Muslims.

What do you think? I certainly hope I’ve shed some light on the Halal food of our Muslim brothers and sisters. Keep safe, and be healthy always!

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