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A Guide to Halal Food Selection


Bissmillahirrahmanirrahim

by HALAL FOUNDATION

(Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America. P.O. Box 425, Bedford Park, IL 60499)
Disclaimer : This list was prepared by the organization mentioned above. The MSA is not able nor qualified to make any fatawas on Halal or Haram. Any questions should be addressed to the Halal Foundation or some other qualified individual(s).
"Oh people! Eat of what is on earth, lawful and good" (Quran)
Instructions
For a product to be Halal(lawful) for Muslim consumption all its ingredients should be Halal. Follow the following list:
  1. Read the ingredients on label carefully. Ingredients are listed according to the amounts present. The first ingredient listed is present in the largest amount.
  2. Identify the Halal/Haram/Mushbooh status of each ingredient using this guide.
  3. Search the ingredient name in the list and its status will be next to it.
  4. If all ingredients of a product are Halal, the product is fit for Muslim consumption.
  5. If any of the ingredient is Haram, the product should not be consumed.
  6. If any ingredient falls under Mushbooh category avoid this product, as the Prophet has advised us to avoid doubtful matters. This ingredient could come from a Haram source. To find out the status of this ingredient you should write or call the manufacturer of the product
Glossary:
Halal: Halal is a Quranic term which means allowed or lawful. Halal foods and drinks are permitted for consumption by Allah-the Supreme Law Giver. Eating Halal is obligatory on every Muslim.
Haram: Haram is a Quranic term which means prohibited or unlawful. Haram foods and drinks are absolutely prohibited by Allah. Eating Haram is forbidden for every Muslim.
Mushbooh: Mushbooh is an Arabic term which means suspected. If one does not know the Halal or Harm status of a particular food or drink, such a food or drink is doubtful. A practicing Muslims prevents himself from consuming doubtful things.
Prophet(s) Muhammad is reported to have said:
"Halal is clear and Haram is clear; in between these two are certain things that are suspected. Many people may not know whether those items are Halal or Haram. Whosoever leaves them, he is innocent towards his religion and his conscience. He is, therefore, safe. Anyone who gets involved in any of these suspected items, he may fall into the unlawful and the prohibited. This case is similar to the one who wished to raise his animals too close to a restricted area, so that the animals may step into that area. Indeed for every landlord there is a restricted area. Indeed the restriction of Allah are the Haram." (Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Ingredient
Status
Acetic Acid
Halal
Alcohol
Haram
Ammonium Sulfate
Halal
Ammonium Chloride
Halal
Animal Fat
Haram
Animal Shortening
Haram
Ascorbic Acid
Halal
Aspartame
Halal
Bacon (Pork)
Haram
Benzoate/Benzoic Acid
Halal
BHA
Halal
BHT
Halal
Calcium Carbonate
Halal
Calcium Sulfate
Halal
Carrageenan
Halal
Cholesterol
Mushbooh
Citric Acid
Halal
Cocoa Butter
Halal
Collagen (Pork)
Haram
Corn Meal / Corn Starch
Halal
Corn Syrup
Halal
Dextrin / Dextrose
Halal
Dicalcium Phosphate
Halal
Diglyceride
Mushbooh
Diglyceride (plant)
Halal
EDTA
Halal
Enzyme
Mushbooh
Ergocalciferol
Halal
Ergosterol
Halal
Ethoxylated Mono-/Di Glyceride
Mushbooh
Fatty Acid
Mushbooh
Ferrous Sulfate
Halal
Fructose
Halal
Fungal Protease Enzyme
Halal
Gelatin / Kosher Gelatin
Haram
Glucose
Halal
Glyceride
Mushbooh
Glycerol / Glycerin
Mushbooh
Glycerol Stearate
Mushbooh
Glycogen
Mushbooh
Gum Acacia
Halal
Hormones
Mushbooh
Hydrogenated Oil
Halal
Hydrolyzed Animal Protein
Mushbooh
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Halal
Lard
Haram
Leavenings
Halal
Lecithin (commercial)
Halal
Malt
Halal
Malto Dextrin
Halal
Molases
Halal
Monocalcium Phosphate
Halal
Mono Saccharides
Halal
Monoglycerides
Mushbooh
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Halal
Nitrates / Nitrites
Halal
Nonfat Dry Milk
Halal
Oxalic Acid
Halal
PABA
Halal
Vegetable Oil
Halal
Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Halal
Pectic Materials
Halal
Pectin
Halal
Pepsin
Mushbooh
Phospholipid
Mushbooh
Phosphoric Acid
Halal
Pork
Haram
Potassium Benzoate
Halal
Potassium Bromate
Halal
Potassium Citrate
Halal
Propionate
Halal
Propionic Acid
Halal
Renin / Rennet
Mushbooh
Saccharine
Halal
Salt
Halal
Shortening
Mushbooh
Soy Protein
Halal
Soybean Oil
Halal
Sucrose
Halal
Tapioca
Halal
Tricalcium Phosphate
Halal
Vinegar
Halal
Whey
Mushbooh
Yeast
Halal


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