Halal As An Obligation
Lately, the sensitivity of Muslims in Malaysia in ensuring that their daily food for consumption is halal and clean is increasing.
Halal status is merely a matter of proper slaughtering, and being free from elements or ingredients associated with swine.
Food preparation hygiene and quality are factors that must be considered when ensuring that the food is halal and good.
Dietary factors affects our acts of worship, health and life. Among the biggest factors that make a Muslims’ acts of worship good and acceptable by Allah SWT is that his diet is halal, pure and clean.
Imam Muslim recorded a hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah R.A, where Rasulullah SAW was recorded to have said: Which means: “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O, (you) Messengers! Eat all kinds of halal (legal) foods, and perform righteous deeds. And the Almighty has said: “O, you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you. Then Rasulullah SAW mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is dishevelled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered?
Neglecting the importance of halal food can harm the family and community institutions. The consequences include: losing our blessings in life, devoid of calmness in life, unanswered supplications, defiance in the acceptance of truth, easily infected with diseases, and others. And finally, a variety of ethical and moral crisis in the society will surface.
Islam has set guidelines and regulations on the concept of hygiene and halal in dietary matters through several aspects, in order to avoid the disadvantages, such as:
First: Choose food that is halal, pure and clean Allah SWT does not only instruct us to find halal food, but also encourages us to look for the best quality, as stated in Surah Al Baqarah, verse 168: Which means: “O, mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.”
Halal status in Malaysia is about the content of the food products, its storage, preparation and processing, as well as other matters related to it. All items used must meet the criteria set to ensure the halal status.
For example, food ingredients should be halal, clean and pure, devoid of unclean sources. In addition to the hygiene of the equipment or apparatus used, such food products need to be properly stored, and not mixed or stored in close proximity with any food that is considered haram
Second: Avoid any matter or food that is dubious (syubhah) Islam invites mankind to proceed with certainty and not to deal with doubtful matters.
A hadith recorded by Ibnu Majah, from a narration by An-Nu'man bin Basyir R.A where Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said: Which means: “That which is lawful is clear and that which is unlawful is clear and between the two of them are doubtful [or ambiguous] matters about which not many people are knowledgeable. Thus, he who avoids these doubtful matters certainly clears himself in regard to his religion and his honour. But, he who falls into the doubtful matters falls into that which is unlawful like the shepherd who pastures around a sanctuary, all but grazing therein. Verily every king has a sanctuary and Allah’s sanctuary is His prohibition. In the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be sound, all the body is sound and which, if it be diseased, all the body is diseased. This part of the body is the heart”
Third: Our attitude and actions in ensuring the diet is halal With the existence of the halal logo issued by the Department of Islamic Development, Malaysia (JAKIM) to food operators and halal guidelines available to the public, we have to use the power available to us as consumers to select halal-certified premises or products.
Ending the sermon today, the mimbar would like to invite the congregation to reflect upon the following points as a guide and recommendation for everyone:
First: As Muslims, we have the responsibility to prepare food by adhering to the concept of halal and clean as applied in Islam.
Second: Clean and halal food is very important because it is the basis of a Muslim's good practice and accepted by Allah SWT.
Third: Avoid matters or food that are doubtful (syubhah) so that we are not associated with anything that is haram.
As declared by Allah SWT in Surah Al Baqarah, verses 172 and 173: Which means: “O, you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.”