The word of halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu"ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:
- 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
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama Halal Certification Authority
The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, established in 1924 and now 83 years old, has a membership of over 3500 learned Ulama and is the most leading body of theologians in the country. This body Incorporated by Act No. 51 of 2000 by the Parliament of Sri Lanka, is currently actively engaged in several fields connected with the Muslims of Sri Lanka through nine different sub-committees, including the Halaal Certification Authority.
Look for the following ACJU Halaal Marks Identify Sri Lankan Halal foods
Here are some tips for selecting “Halal” food
- Make sure that the products you buy have ingredients on their labels. If a product doesn’t have a label with ingredients, don’t buy it.
- Always check the ingredients. You might want to print and keep a list of ingredients to avoid (check out eat-halal.com for a list of Halal ingredients). If one of these ingredients is found in a product, don’t buy it.
- If you get a Halal/Haram list, make sure it is recent. There are many lists in circulation, which are outdated and give out incorrect information.
- Be especially cautious in buying the following products: cheese, cheese flavor chips, cakes, cookies, French fries, candies, soups (may contain meat), sauce (may contain meat), margarine, yogurt, etc.