The primary purpose for Halal is to serve the national and international Muslim communities in meeting their religious compliance. The concept of Halal applies to a wide range of foods and services used in a Muslim’s daily life. Muslim consumers choose products because it is in compliance with the process and procedure as defined by Islamic Law (Sharia). Generally Japanese Industry and producers of foods and services are often not aware of these requirements.
God is the creator of humans and all the things in the universe. He is the care taker and nourisher of all the living beings. He provides guidance befitting to his creatures. A new born baby is guided to mother’s breast, a fish in the sea is guided to swim and a bird is guided to fly. Humans are the best creation of God and have provided special care by guidance and this guidance is provided through his prophets, messengers and revealed books. The last book of guidance is Quran. The guidance contained in this book is not limited for a person of a particular region or race, but this is guidance is for all humanity and it is valid for all the human beings who will live in this world for all time to come.
What is Halal
In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic food guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu’ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following foods or ingredients:
- pork or pork by products
- animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
- animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
- blood and blood by products
- carnivorous animals
- birds of prey
- land animals without external ears
These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, meaning forbidden in Arabic.
What is Halal certification
JIT Halal Certification Department has religious and technical auditors, supervisors to check in matters related to proper food production /slaughtering procedures and
ingredient approval from religious points of view. The religious advisors are aided by scientific knowledge and technology so that they can give sound opinions and specify guidelines.
Certification Department keeps a detailed account and data on production procedures including receiving and storage of raw materials, processing, packaging, labeling, transportation and storage of finished products.
Records need to be maintained on the inspector’s audits and findings during his/her
visits. Halal certifiers are always mindful of legislations and regulations in both exporting and importing countries.
JIT Halal Certification Department is looked upon as a business partner because we are able to advise and assist the industry in slaughtering, production, quality control,
product flow systems, hygiene, sanitizing, packaging, labeling, transportation and
Common Words related to Halal
- Halal: Means permissible in the Arabic language. Lawful or permitted as indicated in the Qur’an, teachings of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
- Halal Auditor, Inspector, and Supervisor: These terms are used by halal certification body
- Halal Food: Food permitted according to the Sharia (Islamic Law)
- Haram: – Anything considered unlawful as indicated in the Qur’an, teachings of the
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Opposite of Halal.
- Makrooh: Disliked or discouraged
- Mashbooh: Suspect, in doubt or questionable
- Mathhab: School of thought in Islam. School of Islamic legal thought.
- 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.
- 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”
- 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.
- Dhabih – The person who performs Dhabihah/ slaughterer
- Hadith – A verified saying or teaching of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
- Shari’ah – Islamic Law