“Halal” is an Arabic word which means allowed, permissible, lawful, authorized, and legitimate. The antonym of halal is “haram”, meaning impermissible, disallowed, and forbidden. The common term used in the industry is non-halal. In the study of Islamic jurisprudence, halal is defined as anything which is permitted by the Shari`ah (the Islamic law). The default ruling in Shari’ah is that all things are halal for humans to utilize unless specific evidence indicates that it is prohibited. This is as noted in few verses of the Quran, where Allah says: “It is He who created all that is in the earth for you...” (Al-Baqarah: 29). For further details, see ISRA library; CORRELATION OF THE HALAL INDUSTRY & ISLAMIC FINANCE: A WIN-WIN.
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