Common Arabic Terminology Related to Halal

Arabic Definitions

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

• Swine

• 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,

the Greatest.

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