Halal and Haram: Do We Have A Choice?


Today, the consumer is extremely difficult to navigate all the richness of products offered by manufacturers. After all, is not always possible to obtain accurate and complete information on the composition of products, looking at the bright packaging. It is likely that one or another additive being unauthorized canons of Islam, transform harmless and pure product of the forbidden fruit. However, not being a chemist, biologist or an expert in the field of food industry is extremely difficult to understand abstruse names are alien to our ears and understanding. What to do? 

Almighty Allah commanded his servants in one of the verses of the Holy Qur'an: "O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy". (The Quran, 2:168), defining the scope of our health and proper nutrition.

As we know, clean food is prepared from meat of cloven-hoofed animals and birds are slaughtered according to the canons of Islam, and are not predators, scavengers, and pork. Just these include the fish, honey, cereals, milk and dairy products, beverages, not containing alcohol or intoxicating mind, and several other products. With regard to the forbidden Allah said: "Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah , and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience". (Thу Quran, 5:3) 

That is, there is the concept of the permissible and the forbidden, a clear distinction for the slaves of Allah and, apparently, this is no problem. Let's recall one of the hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), found in the collections of al-Bukhari and Muslim, which says: "Surely that is permissible and is known forbidden for you. Between them there is something that is questionable, unknown to most people. The one who avoid questionable, preserve his faith and honor. And the one who will follow doubtful can cross the line forbidden". 

A simple example - walking with a trolley between the shelves in the supermarket bursting with abundance and competing in its bright attractive product, your eyes fell on colored jelly candy or chewing gum. It seems that may be more harmless than this sweetness. The manufacture of such products used universal additive called gelatin. It should be noted that the gelatin produced from hides, bones and cartilage of animals produced in factories in different countries and among them today do not have that, which would be responsible manufacturer is 100% halal gelatin. 

Moreover, one of the largest suppliers of gelatin on the world market is China, which often uses to produce a wide variety of wildlife, not only domestic animals. It seems unlikely anyone will add appetite of readers that your marmalade or gum 1-2% is made up of parts of a dog or other exotic animal known as slaughtered and processed. Range of applications is very wide and gelatin, today even includes manufacturing soft drinks and so-called "natural" juices.

Today the problem of clean and really allowed products which is sharper and more global than you can imagine the average consumer, standing with trolley among the crowded shelves. It would be naive to think that living in a world where the interests of a million and a billion profit narrow circle dominate over the billions of human lives, the situation will change itself. 

So do we have a choice? Naturally, by the mercy of the most Merciful Allah is always there, and even if today the comfort of our supermarket trolley for some will seem half empty, then it will seem to us half full. Of course, the union of the Muslim Ummah to solve the problem of deficit of Halal products and organization of its production, including appropriate control over them, is one of the fundamental and important tasks. However, the success of achieving this goal depends on our attitude to food consumed today. In other words, our future depends on each and every who has chosen own way the way of Truth, given the promise to God to walk this path to the end.


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