Beyond Halal is dedicated to exploring questions related to Islamic ethics and food, and to supporting halal meat businesses that are guided by ethical and sustainable principles.
Halal is the Arabic word for permissible, and in dietary law it is used to refer to foods that are permitted for Muslims to eat. This is usually taken to mean foods that do not contain pork or alcohol, and meat that comes from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with the dictates of Islamic law. In pre-modern times, when much of Islamic dietary law was formulated, most people had a pretty good idea of where their food came from and how it was produced, if they weren’t directly involved in its production themselves. In a world where we are increasingly disconnected from the ways in which our food comes to us, Beyond Halal asks, “Is halal good enough?”
- The Prophet ﷺ told his companions of a woman who would be sent to Hell for having locked up a cat; not feeding it, nor even releasing it so that it could feed itself.