Hey, been long time not writing 🙂
This time, I want to write about Halal meat. Well, since the halal food will be very broad topic, so I guess I just limit the topic with halal meat.
Actually this thought first triggered by Mas Hengky’s tweet. He said that he got to know from his mother in law that 90% Ramen sold in Japan is pork contained. The pork itself is really one of ramen recipe. So in otherwords, the pork is inevitable when you eat Ramen. Because of this, i mention my friend Lopek and Veri which living in Japan recently to be careful or just remind them.
For you who read this, and probably confused about Halal term, I will explain the definition briefly. Halal is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic Law. The opposite of this word is Haram. According to these guiedelines, gathered from the Qur’an, in shortly all Moslems cannot consume these category:
- Pork or pork by products
- Animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
- animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
- blood and blood by products
- carnivorous animals
- birds of prey
- land animals without external ears
For moslem, pork is undoubtly Haram meat. This is according in Qur’an, Al-Baqarah: 173:
He has only forbidden you what dies of itself, and blood, and flesh of swine, and that over which any other (name) than (that of) Allah has been invoked; but whoever is driven to necessity, not desiring, nor exceeding the limit, no sin shall be upon him; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
Due to this reference, all moslems is strictly prohibited to eat pork. So you have to avoid all pork foods and all foods contain pork. There is no justification to allow you to eat pork. You can see in books or writing or blog explain why Pork is not good for our health scientifically.
After I mentioned my friend, Veri about this kind of halal meat, he replied me with some kind of idea, and idea which most of All Moslems nowadays missed this concept. Dhabihah. Very explained thatf we are abroad, and the country is not moslem major country, basically not only pork is probihited for us to eat, but all kind of land meat, including lamb, mutton, cow, goat is prohibitied to eat. Why? Is those kind of meats is allow to eat for us? But why in this case they become haram?
Dhabihah is the prescribed method of slaughtering all meat sources excluding fish and most sea-life per Islamic law. This method of slaughtering animals consists of using a well sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, wind pipe and jugular veins but leaves the spinal cord intact. This cuts off oxygen to the brain in order that the animal will suffer the least amount of pain and cease to suffer as quickly as possible. The animal is positioned in order to have its blood completely drained (if size permits) and left to exsanguinate.
The head of an animal that is slaughtered using halal methods is aligned with the Qiblah. In addition to the direction, permitted animals should be slaughtered upon utterance of the Islamic prayer “in the name of God”.
According to Amin Atta, one of central California’s largest halal meat producers and former president of the Islamic Center of Central California (Masjid Fresno), the meat itself contains no blood clots within the veins—giving the meat a longer shelf life. Atta adds, “Animals are consistently treated with mercy and respect and will be blessed with the name of God (Allah) prior to slaughter, according to Islamic Halal requirements”.
So eat of that [meat] upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses. And why should you not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has been mentioned while He has explained in detail to you what He has forbidden you, excepting that to which you are compelled. And indeed do many lead [others] astray through their [own] inclinations without knowledge. Indeed, your Lord – He is most knowing of the transgressors.
And do not eat of that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed, it is grave disobedience. And indeed do the devils inspire their allies [among men] to dispute with you. And if you were to obey them, indeed, you would be associators [of others with Him].
Just to summarized, dhabihah is consist of:
- Allah’s (God’s) name must be pronounced during slaughter.
- The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter. The animal must be slit at the throat.
- The animal must not be unconscious
- The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is not halal.
- The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products
To remind you all, My Moslem brothers and sisters, be careful when you eat in not moslem major country. Do not eat in random restaurant. It’s not easy as if you just assume you don’t know the concept, then you just eat it. Whatever you eat, will be digested in your digestion system and your blood will absorb it and drain it to whole of your body. Perhaps one question came up, How can you get Halal meat? It is possible for you to contact your Islamic union in your living country. I’m pretty sure they have complete information about halal meat and restaurant in that country.
And for suggestion, when you do travel to non moslem country, inside collecting information regarding halal restaurant, you have to prepare bring your own food, whether raw or instant food. Of you can bring your own simple cookware to cook by your own. Also, if you want to eat in restaurant, make sure it is halal restaurant or if it isn’t, you eat fish or vegetable. In that case, also make sure the restaurant do not provide pork and alcohol.
I remember one of my journey to United States, back then. When I stay in Houston, it’s easy for me because I live in my parent’s apartment and we cooked our meals ourselves. Also when we want to cooked meat, we know the local store provided halal meat. Also there is my fav Pizza restaurant, Crespo Pizza, owned by a Damascus guy. My mom asked him how could he get Halal Meat, and he explained that he got it from special order from Seattle, but should have with amount number. And then, when we travelled to Los Angeles, can you imagine, just the 4 of us but we brought 8 luggages. Yes, 8! That’s because we have to brought our own rice cooker and some of simple cookware to provide our meals if we didn’t ate in Halal Restaurant.
So this is the end of my simple explanation about Halal meats. Be careful brothers sisters, don’t let the haraam drained to the whole of your body. Be prepare for adequate information regarding halal meat and restaurants when you plan to stay or travel to non moslem country. Hope my writing could help you all!