The importance of Halal
an interview with imam/islamic preacher Hassan Barzizaoua
What is Halal and why is this important for muslims?
The Quran states that the foodsources, money and incomesources we receive should meet 2 criteria: halal and tayib. Halal = allowed. This is also a copyrightterm, a protected term that cannot be used out of the islamic religion; otherwise you are talking about “allowed”. If I for instance say that you have to remove your shoes before entering my house, than this is not halal, because it’s not in the quran. You would say that removing the shoes is allowed, instead of halal.
Halal and tayib are also terms that are religiously owned by Allah subhana wa ta’ala.
Tayib means pure and also reffers to what is allowed. What does not damage the soul (psyche), what does not damage the heart, what does not damage the body, what does not damage the head (intellect) and what does not damage the spirit. Forbidden sources have an influence on the heart, your behaviour, and your environment. Everything that touches the 5 fundaments of islam in a negative manner is haram. The 5 fundaments are: the intellect, the religion, the body, the soul and the heart. These must be maintained, on the one hand, by working on the construction and development, e.g. by gaining knowledge and, on the other hand, by preventing its degradation, e.g. by staying away from forbidden, haram, not-halal things.
Especially when buying meat we look at whether it is halal or not, but what about other products? E.g. is it important that vitamins are halal?
Halal is applicable on everyting in life. Sometimes there is alcohol in certain products, but you can’t say: “I am going to wait until yhere is an other medicine available.” In case of emergency, you are allowed to break the rule, but in moderation. For example if you almost fall over and there is a medicine that is not halal, then you cannot say “I'm going to wait”. You should take it in moderation, so not the whole glass of alcohol at once.
If you have a choice between something that is halal and something that is not, what should you choose?
At this point you have the freedom and you alone decide what you eat. If you thereby also have the knowledge that one product is halal and of the other you are not sure that it is 100% pure. Pure in the sense of halal. Then later you will not have an excuse to say to Allah, I chose for the non-pure, non-halal product.
What is the consequence of not choosing for a halal product?
At one point in time you will have to answer for your deeds: why did you choose A instead of B, when you knew that A is halal and is as expensive as B. The result is that it translates into your behaviour to yourself, your loved ones and your future environment. If you ingest pure, pure radiates outward to your surroundings. If you consume unclean, then you will produce unclean behaviour!
Foto: Imam/ Islamitische preker Hassan Barzizaoua