Halal is an Arabic term which can be basically translated to mean ‘permissible’. In Islamic principles, the term Halal takes a specific, well-defined meaning. Individuals who choose to adhere to Islamic law – which is a widely recognized and respected type of law within the legal systems of the world – are expected to be concerned with the permissibility, or Halal aspect, of any human activity they wish to indulge in.
Actions or objects ranging from what to eat, how to converse, how to travel, how to worship, and even mundane, everyday activities such as how to drink water can be categorized as Halal, or the opposite, Haram, which means ‘impermissible’.
Universities and educational institutes around the world from elementary to tertiary level have rigorous academic programmes including PhD level academic study devoted to the study and better understanding of the term Halal with respect to Islamic principles and have produced many esteemed and learned scholars and academics well qualified to set acceptable Halal standards accurately.
Halal conscious individuals and consumers are concerned with performing an activity or consuming an object that is, to them, assured to be Halal and free from any contamination with Haram elements because of a deep-rooted belief in their way of life which has existed for over fourteen centuries and is spread across the world from east to west. To them, any purposeful violation of Halal standards with regard to their own personal decisions is tantamount to being punished in this world or the afterlife and as such, is a very integral part of their everyday life and culture.