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Common Arabic Terminology Related to Halal
1) Halal: Means permissible in the Arabic language. Lawful or permitted as indicated in the Qur’an and teachings of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
2) Halal Auditor, Inspector, Supervisor: These terms are used here
3) Halal Food: Food permitted according to the Sharia (Islamic Law)
4) Haram: - Anything considered unlawful as indicated in the Qur’an, teachings of the
Prophet Muhammed (PBU}-I), or as ruled upon by the major Madhhabs;
opposite of Halal.
Forbidden, including the categories of:
• Carrion or dead (unslaughtered carcasses)
• Flowing Blood
• Intoxicants including Alcohol
5) Makrooh: Disliked, detested or discouraged
6) Mashbooh: Suspect, in doubt or questionable
7) Mathhab: School of thought in Islam. School of Islamic legal thought.
8) Najs: Filth, including things that are themselves not permissible such as pigs
and its derivatives, blood and carrion; fluids or objects discharged from the
human or animals’ bodies such as urine, excrements, blood, vomit and pus.
9) Tasmiya & Takbir: Bismillah Allahu Akbar, which means by the name of God,
Tasmiyyah - The process of pronouncing the name of Allah while performing Dhabihah one must say “Bismillah Allahu Akbar” which means “In the Name of Allah, Allah is Great”
10) Dhabiha: Dhabiha in Arabic which means slaughtered with a sharp instrument. An exact and clearly defined method of killing an animal (slaughter)
making the meat fit for Muslim consumption.
11) Dhabih - The person who performs Dhabihah slaughterer
12) Hadith - A verified saying or teaching of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
13) Shari’ah - Islamic Law