Mandatory Requirement Of Halal Food | The origin of halal word is from Arabic that means authorized, permitted, and allowed. Islam has serious attention to food. Even, ALLAH makes food security as one of the two main causes of convenience and fairness in worship. The food that we eat directly affects our bodies both physically and psychologically.

In Al-Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 168, ALLAH stated:
“O mankind, 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”.

Requirement Of Halal Food
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That verse explains two type of food that can be eaten and even ordered to eat by ALLAH SWT, it is halal and good (thayyib). Halal is something that allowed to be eaten and did not prohibited by sharia, regardless the dangerous in duniyah (worldly affairs) or ukhrawi (affairs of the hereafter). Thayyib is a healthy food and have balance nutrition for health.

In Islam, halal requirement of food must include two thing, here:

  1. Halal because of its essence (halal lidzatihi)
    It means, that product is not prohibited by sharia law, the product is halal, good, have benefit for health, did not harm our body and mind, and not dirty or disgusting, such as rice, milk, eggs, etc. ALLAH SWT stated:
    “He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah . But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (QS. Al Baqarah:173)
  2. Halal because of external factor (halal lighairihi)
    It means, the law of origin in that food is halal but because of one and other things it became haram. There is two external factor that can turn halal food in to haram, here is:
    Process to get it : Means, halal food but if the way to get it is haram, such as from stealing, cheating, riba, hunting, etc, so that food became haram.
    Producing or cooking process : Means, food cooking process must be right, suitable with Islamic way. For example, when we slaughter cow or goat without basmalah then the meat became haram.

Basically, all the food in this world is halal to be consumed, except if there is prohibition from ALLAH SWT because it will harm our body if we consumed it. In Indonesia, Indonesian Ulema Council already has Food and Drugs Supervision Agency. The mission of this agency is reviewing and supervising the food and beverages that is distributed in Indonesia, if it is qualified or not.

So, that is the mandatory requirement of food to be halal. Wish it will be our basis to choose and get halal food.


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