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Halal Food in Osaka

          In Islam, it is quite necessary to mention the name of Allah SWA during the slaughter of an animal. Any kind of food delivered after such curious step is known as " Halal Food" and a Muslim can eat it safely. Otherwise, it is completely prohibited to have any kind else. In non Muslim countries, like Japan, this is not applicable, except for some places where Muslims are enrolled.  

Allah (swt) said:
                           " Forbidden to you (for food) are : dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which has been invoked the name of other than Allah (SWT); that   which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall,   or by being gored  to death; that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless you are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (alters); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows; that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: Yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your Religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah (swt) is indeed oft  forgiving, most merciful ".
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Translation of the Qur'an: Surrat Al Maeda, Verses 3)

Allah also siad:
                             " They ask them what is lawful to them (as food). Say: lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what you have taught the beasts and birds of prey, training them to hunt in the manner directed to you by Allah (swt) : Eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of Allah (swt) over it: and  fear Allah (swt) is swift in taking account. (
Translation of the
Qur'an : Surrat Al Maeda, Verses 4).

This day are (all) things Good and pure made lawful unto you. The food of the people of the book is lawful unto you and yours is lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the people of the book, revealed before your time- when you give their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness. Taking them as lovers. If any one rejects faith, fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).

  The concept of Halal and Haram in Islam are very important in the life of every  practicing Muslim.
Consumption  of any morsel of Haram, affects the acceptance of  Ibaadat (worship).

Halal: Halal is an Arabic work which means allowed or lawful. The following foods are permissible for Muslims
            Fish 
           All types of poultry, partridges, pigeons, etc.
           Goats, sheep, cattle, camel and all types of buck, buffalo.
          
Rabbits.
The above must be slaughtered by a Muslim according to Islamic rules, otherwise their meat will be considered Haram. Fish does not have to be slaughtered. A fish that has died a natural death is not permissible to eat.

Haram: Haram is an Arabic word which, in general means prohibited or unlawful. In Islam , Haram foods are meant unlawful, and if a Muslim uses any of the above listed Haram products, he would be sinful.  They are:
       
   Pork and its by-products
       
   Alcohol
       
   Meat of dead animals
       
  Animals slaughtered in a name other than Allah
       
  Blood
       
Intoxicating drugs,etc

Mashbooh: Mashbooh is anArabic word which means 'Suspected'. Some items are suspected because a person may not know whether they are Halal and Haram.

Unlawful Food and Drink Ingredients to be checked in any product:
          Alcohol or liquor
          Animal gelatin
          Animal Fats or Rennet.
If any product has any one of these three as an ingredient then it will be Haram / impermissible to consume or use. Special Points should be noted Pork and pork products are totally forbidden. As for dairy products like cheese and margarine only microbial (of plant origin) rennet is permissible. The utensils should be separate for Muslims. There should be no contamination of Halal and non-Halal. Any item marked or stamped with any form of Halal certification must be verified by Appointed Muslim theologians, who are well versed with the Islamic requirements regarding Halal.
 
                                                                                                        
How to obtain Halal Food in Osaka                                                                                                             

 
       OMA aimed to maintain the needs of its members for Halal food, and this is performed by delivering the stuffs from guaranteed sources (i.e. Muslims) and keep the stuffs at someone. To ask about the availability of these stuffs, please contact the OMA commitee at the following address:    oma2001@yahoogroups.com


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