HALAL is an Arabic word meaning permissible. When talking edible items, this means food which is permissible by Islamic law. For a meat to be certified Halal, it has to be from a permitted animal and cut in a specific way.
How is Halal performed?
The slaughter of the animal has to be done in a specific way, following certain guidelines.
- Dedication called Tasmiya or Shahada, to honor the Gods is to be spoken during the kill.
- The instrument must be very sharp to ensure the slaughters in one go. The slit has to be done at the throat.
- The animal must be in sense.
- After kill, the animal has to be hung upside down to bleed dry. Blood is not halal.
- The steps have to be accomplished, by a Muslim or a Jew. Most observant Muslims find Kosher acceptable.
- The animal to be slaughtered has to be fed a natural diet. It must consume no animal by-products diet.
Is other food included in Halal?
Unlike the most common belief set out by the Islamic law, Halal consists of a series of other food too. Grain products such as rice, pasta or bread are also considered Halal food, given they are prepared devoid of any lard, Alcohol or vanilla extracts. Vegetable and fruits also are a part of Halal food, though; they have to be prepared without animal shortening, bacon, alcohol or other ‘haram’ or impure ingredients.
In Surat Al-Baqarah 2:168, Allah commands Muslims to “eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.”
Another passage reads, “And eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And fear Allah, in whom you are believers.”
Halal and Kosher
Halal and Kosher food have a few similarities, but they are not necessarily the same thing. Both the Old Testament and the Quran forbid consumption of fork and blood of animals. Kosher forbids the consumption of dairy and meat together. Halal however allows consumption of dairy and meat.
We have prepared excellent dishes that have graced birthdays, weddings as well as corporate events. Prepared to their highest standards, delivered as well as laid out beautifully, Halal catering at BellaVita is made according to standard norms. From freshly put together sandwiches to full roast dinners; your Muslim guests can enjoy everything on offer. They will not be forced to gulp down plain vegetarian food.