Thursday, December 29, 2011

NO PORK NO LARD = HALAL??

I noticed there are food stalls pasting "no pork no lard"  on their stalls in the hope to tell our muslim brothers and sisters "its ok to consume".  That is definitely a misconception on the meaning of halal.


According to the MUIS, 



'No Pork, No Lard' Claims
1.‘No Pork, No Lard’ - Does this claim mean that the food is Halal?

Food claims such as 'No Pork, No Lard' do not necessarily imply that the food is truly Halal. Halal food must not contain and/or come into direct contact with non-Halal items. Examples of these include alcohol, pork and meat deriving from sheep which are not slaughtered in accordance with the Islamic Law.
As Halal food goes beyond 'No Pork, No Lard', Muis advises Muslim consumers to exercise caution and discretion when patronising eating establishments which display/make such claims.


2.Is it against the law to display ‘No Pork, No Lard’ signage?

Display of such signage is not an offence in Singapore. However, 'No Pork, No Lard' claims can be misleading and should not be treated as an alternative to Halal. 
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful.  It refers to things or actions permitted by Shariah law without punishment imposed on the doer. It is usually used to describe something that a Muslim is permitted to engage in, e.g. eat, drink or use.

As for halal food, there are few categories on how the food is halal, im not going to dwell into the details but to summarize as follow.


3 CRITERIA FOR USE OF THE TERM “HALAL”
3.1 LAWFUL FOOD
The term halal may be used for foods which are considered lawful. Under the Islamic Law, all sources of food are lawful except the following sources, including their products and derivatives which are considered unlawful:
3.1.1 Food of Animal Origin
(a) Pigs and boars.
(b) Dogs, snakes and monkeys.
(c) Carnivorous animals with claws and fangs such as lions, tigers, bears and other similar animals.
(d) Birds of prey with claws such as eagles, vultures, and other similar birds.
(e) Pests such as rats, centipedes, scorpions and other similar animals.
(f) Animals forbidden to be killed in Islam i.e., ants, bees and woodpecker birds.
(g) Animals which are considered repulsive generally like lice, flies, maggots and other similar animals.
(h) Animals that live both on land and in water such as frogs, crocodiles and other similar animals.
(i) Mules and domestic donkeys.
(j) All poisonous and hazardous aquatic animals.
(k) Any other animals not slaughtered according to Islamic Law.
(l) Blood.

In conclusion,HALAL doesnt mean no pork no lard. If there is meat being used in the food preparation like chicken, beef or mutton, the meat may not be halal. 

May Allah swt forgives me if I have made any mistakes in clarifying any doubts on halal foods.





1 comment:

Hajar said...

Salam sis.

Such signage are also available in Malaysia. I recall how several not-yet-Muslim friends thought it was alright for us to frequent such shops to order meat/poultry because they thought no pork/lard = halal just because they see Muslims order meat/poultry from those shops.