What does halal mean?
Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. Halal and haram are universal terms that apply to all facets of life. However, we will use these terms only in relation to food products, meat products, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and food contact materials.
All foods are considered halal except the following (which are haram):
Swine/Pork and its by-products
Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering
Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and certain other animals
Foods contaminated with any of the above products
Foods containing ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, and flavors are questionable (mashbooh), because the origin of these ingredients is not known” (1).
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Halal online resources
Zabihah is the worlds largest guide to halal restaurants and products. Shahed Amanullah, the founder, created Zabihah.com in July of 1999. With contributor support, zabihah.com has become an indispensable resource for Muslim communities worldwide since it provides not only many locations of halal food markets and restaurants but also reviews. The thousands of reviews on this website are honest evaluations since restaurants that serve halal food doesn't necessarily mean its good. Zabihah feels that by holding Muslim restaurants to the highest standards, they can improve the dining experience of all Muslims.
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Halal Chains in the US
Muslim Consumer Group
The Muslim Consumer Group for Food Products is a non-profit and non-political organization, incorporated in 1993 as a Halal foods educational and Halal certification organization for Muslims consumers and food industry. MCG Published Halal food book A Comprehensive List of Halal food products in US supermarkets for US Muslim consumers. They are the only Halal certifying organization whose Halal certification is acceptable to every Muslim consumer because it is based on strict Islamic dietary requirements and food science. The MCG Halal symbol H in triangle appears on many food products and food ingredients. This website advises Muslims about new food products, current food products, fast food chain restaurants, halalfood products from supermarket, news alerts about food and non-food products and important information about Ingredients.
News and Alerts
Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) is a non-profit Islamic organization dedicated to promote halal food and the institution of halal. IFANCA-certified halal products are in nearly every major country of the world and cover all food-industry categories. IFANCA's halal certification symbol, the Crescent 'M', can be found on thousands of products around the globe. In addition, IFANCA maintains close working relationship with many Islamic centers and Islamic organizations throughout the country and world.
Halal Shoppers Guide
Halal Product Directory
Halal Monitoring Authority
Halal Monitoring Authority (HMA) is a department of the Jami’yyatul Ulama Canada, Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians (CCMT), which is a federally Canadian registered, non-profit organization. HMA is a body that has been established to monitor, inspect and certify halal products.
Halal Certified Product Supplier List
My Halal Kitchen
Yvonne Maffei, M.A., is a food writer, recipe developer, culinary consultant and the Editor of My Halal Kitchen, a halal food and cooking blog showcasing culinary tips and healthy halal recipes. The mission of My Halal Kitchen is to provide home cooks with the tools to prepare halal meals, including those with the necessary substitutions to make every dish halal. It aims to make the lives of readers better by expanding the list of available recipes that are healthy, delicious, economical and halal.
Online Halal Stores
Al Safa Halal
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has certified AL Safa Halal for halal food processing and marketing. The US Products they offer is breaded chicken nuggets, breaded chicken patties, breaded chicken strips, popcorn chicken, chicken wieners, chicken franks, chicken shami kabab, beef chapli kabab, beef wieners, beef frankfurters, beef hot links, beef patties, beef pockets, beef meatballs, beef gyro slices, beef strips, turkey strips, veggie samosa, falafel, cheese pizza, veggie pizza, beef pepperoni pizza, deluxe pizza.
Midamar is the first company in the United States to work in conjunction with the USDA in developing an accredited Halal food program. Many factors have contributed to our success. Midamar Halal foods are held to the highest integrity at the point of slaughter, processed with the best ingredients, under strict supervision of the USDA, followed up by superior customer service, and simply held to higher standards than that of our competitors. Midamar Halal foods will be better in overall quality and taste than most non-Halal food available in the market. We believe our customer's deserve the best and Midamar has delivered for nearly 30 years. Available products.
My Halal Meat
As the myhalalmeat.com team, we are dedicated to provide our valued customers with the best quality halal meat products available in the market. Our number one priority is to supply our customer, with the most hygienic and clean Halal meat products prepared according to the Zabiha principles at an affordable price. We are committed to bring you the service you have always deserved. All of the products we sell here will be coming directly from the slaughtering and meat processing facilities of Nema Food Company. We partnered with FedEx for shipping our products to ensure the fastest and most reliable delivery service. All of the products will be handled in a professional manner and will be delivered to you in high-quality packages. We only sell the quality halal meat products of NEMA. Therefore, all of our products are USDA approved and we are constantly under the supervision of Islamic Authorities.
Lang's Chocolates produces premium handmade gourmet chocolates. Lang's Chocolates manufactures our own candies using traditional handmade methods. Working with high quality ingredients and combining them with care and attention to detail produces a superior quality confectionary experience. We are also certified to produce both Kosher-Dairy and IFANCA Halal Certified Chocolates. Available products.
US Halal Certifiers
American Halal Foundation
American Halal Foundation (AHF) has been in Halal certification since 2004 and is recognized locally and worldwide: AHF registered with and recognized by (MUIS), Indonesia (MUI), and other Muslim countries in the world. AHF provides many services: certification, consultation, training, public awareness programs, information/clearinghouse, networking, surveillance/enforcement and research and product development.
Halal Food Council International
HFCI was has been established since 1984 and is one of the international halal certifier operating in USA. HFCI got recognition from JAKIM (Malaysia), MUIS (Singapore), and MUI (Indonesia) under the name of Halal Food Council South East Asia (HFC–SEA). HFC–SEA main business is to certify meat and meat products in USA. HFCI strictly follow the guideline of halal as set by Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. This guideline appears in the Codex Alimentarius (1997) that has been approved by all Muslim countries in the world. This includes the standard of halal slaughter, halal food, halal cosmetics and halal usable goods.
Halal Transactions Inc (no website)
PO Box 4546
Omaha, NE 68104-0546
Halal Transactions Inc is a private company categorized under Industrial Hygiene Consultant and located in Omaha, Nebraska. It is halal certified in meat slaughtering animals, except Poultry.
Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) is a non-profit Islamic organization dedicated to promote halal food and the institution of halal. IFANCA is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, in the USA, and maintains several offices in the USA. It also has representatives in Canada, Europe, China, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, and Singapore. IFANCA-certified halal products are in nearly every major country of the world and cover all food-industry categories. IFANCA's halal certification symbol, the Crescent 'M', can be found on thousands of products around the globe. In addition, IFANCA maintains close working relationship with many Islamic centers and Islamic organizations throughout the country and world.
Islamic Services of America
ISA was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1975. ISA has been providing Halal Certification and supervision on demand for consumers and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. ISA offers supervision of Halal food processing, and coordinates Islamic slaughtering for the meat and poultry industry by a highly qualified team of Muslim supervisors and slaughtermen. Our Halal trademarks are some of the most recognized around the world.
The Islamic Society of Washington Area
Provides the Washington Area religious Services such as friday prayers, tafseer of the Quran, Ramadan program and nikah services along with educational services such as free youth and family counseling, interfaith programs and summer programs and finally social services such as feeding the homeless, providing a women’s shelter, Shahada and Aqeeqa Certificates, and Halal Certification
approved by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). They offer Halal slaughter facility by appointment only by calling (410) 775-0546 or (443) 974-0543.
ISWA Halal Certification
ISWA Halal Certification, located in Washington DC is run independently under an agreement between USAHalal Chamber of Commerce INC and Islamic Center for Halal Certification. ISWA’s goal is to provide professional Halal certification services based on a single global standard for Islamic dietary compliance by educating the manufacturing, processing and transporting companies in the USA regarding the universally approved Halal standards in meat, poultry, nonfood items and by-products.” Presently involved in certification procedures, Issuance of Halal Slaughtering Certificates, Halal Compliance, Inspection, Supervision Audit, Analysis, Accreditation and Consultancy, Promotion of single global Halal Standards, Private Labeling of Halal Logos under ICFHC, Founding Member of World Halal Food Council Endorsed by the ISWA. Click here to download the ISWA Halal Guideline book.
1. "What is Halal?." Islamic Food and Nutrition of America., 1999-2010. Web. 29 May 2010. <http://www.ifanca.org/halal/>.