Halal

any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law
The word 'Halal' in Arabic
A sign at a butcher's shop selling halal meat, in Paris.

Halal (حلال, halāl, halaal) is an Islamic Arabic term meaning "permissible".

Muslims have strict rules of what they can and cannot eat:

  • Animals need to be killed in a special way. (The animal should be slaughtered by hand so that all the blood could be drained from the slaughtered {dead} animal before they can eat the animal. It is called "Zabihah Halal" in Arabic language meaning "Permissible Slaughter".)
  • Muslims cannot consume carcass animals even the animal slaughtered by knife not in its neck called mari' and wajadan. Hunting animals can but in a manner way.
  • Pork is always forbidden. It will never be alowed to eat in the muslim religion.
  • According to the Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali branches of Islam, all fish and shellfish would be halal.
  • They should not drink alcohol or consume other intoxicating substances (for example, narcotics).