Halal is any object or action which is permissible to use or engage in accrding to Islamic Law. Halal term not only covers food and drink but also all matters of daily life.
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:
- meat or any products from a forbidden animal, including pigs and any carnivorous animals or birds of prey
- meat or any products of an animal which has not been slaughtered in the correct manner in the name of Allah
Under Islamic law (sharia) it is permissible (halal) to consume items that would otherwise be termed haram so long as it is a matter of survival and not just an act of disobedience.
Halal is One of the Most Humane Methods of Animal Slaughter
Muslims are taught through the Qu'ran that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure.
When an animal is slaughtered, the jugular vein is cut and the blood is allowed to drain from the animal. Remember, Muslims are prohibited from consuming animal blood.
Where to find Halal food:
In larger cities through out the New Zealand, you may be able to find halal butchers. In palmerston North, The halal butchery (Palmy Food City) is located at 79 Cook Street, West End.
With the growing demand for Halal restaurants in Palmerston North, there are quite a few hala outlets available (see below)
Desert Rose Restaurant - 21B Rangitekei Street
Halal New Zealand directory : http://www.fianz.co.nz/halal-directory