Halal and Haram are integral aspects of our lives as Muslims. Consuming what is permissible (halal) and avoiding what is forbidden (haram) is a duty. In the Al-Quran Al-A’raf verse 157, Allah SWT states, “And Allah has made lawful for them the good things and has prohibited for them the evil.” Meanwhile, according to fiqh principles, the default ruling for something beneficial is permissible, and the default ruling for something harmful is forbidden.

Understanding what is halal is explained in Hadith reported by Al-Tirmidzi, Ibn Majah, and al-Thabarani from Salman al-Farisi: “Salman al-Farisi narrated that the Prophet Muhammad SAW was asked about clarified butter, cheese, and the fur of dead animals. He replied: ‘What is lawful is what Allah has permitted in His Book, and what is unlawful is what Allah has forbidden in His Book. Whatever He has been silent about is allowed, so accept it as allowed.'” (Reported by Al-Tirmidzi, Ibn Majah, and al-Thabarani).

What are the prohibited things? The Quran in Surah Al-An’am, verse 145, mentions carrion, blood, swine, and animals slaughtered in the name of other than Allah as among the forbidden things.

“Say, ‘I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine – for indeed, it is impure – or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.'”

Additionally, intoxicants (khamar) and animals with fangs and sharp claws are among the prohibited things. This is mentioned in Hadith reported by Muslim and Ibn Umar, “Whatever intoxicates in large quantities, a small quantity of it is also forbidden.”

Between halal and haram, there is a category called syubhat (doubtful or ambiguous). A hadith in Muslim emphasizes using what is halal, avoiding what is haram, and being cautious in matters where the ruling is unclear.

“What is lawful is clear and what is unlawful is clear, and between them are doubtful matters about which many people do not know. Thus, he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor…” (HR. Muslim).

Consuming halal products is crucial for Muslims, not only because it is an obligation in the Quran and Hadith but also because it provides various benefits for the body. Spiritually, consuming halal products also helps Muslims maintain proper behavior in their daily lives.

Currently, various technologies have led to the creation of various processed products, making it challenging to distinguish between halal and haram products. To find out more about the critical points of the prohibition of a product, you can refer to the reviews provided in various articles in the following menu.