By Chantal Powell via HalalFocus.com
To simplify its meaning, Halal means lawful in Islamic laws. A halal-certified restaurant means our Muslim friends can let themselves eat in the establishment without fear of breaking any Islamic laws. Being halal-certified means all the ingredients used and the cooking of the food are in accordance of the rules of Sharia, or the way Muslims should live.
A halal-certified restaurant in a mixed religion country means that it abides by the Islamic rules by its own accord. It’s easy to be a halal restaurant in a country dominated by Muslims, but such is not the case if you are living in a state wherein religions are blended. So that would just mean that a restaurant that is halal-certified prioritizes all of its patrons.
It goes out of its was to serve all its patrons, no matter what religion they belong to.
And even though halal-certified establishments are growing in number these days, being a halal restaurant isn’t just positioning a sign outside the establishment. It takes careful practice from the butchering of its meat to its cautious pick of its ingredients to its watchful preparation of the menu.
It also doesn’t stop there. There are lots of other practices and principles a halal restaurant must abide by. The utensils and materials used for the cooking of non-halal menu should never be used in preparation of halal items to avoid cross-contamination.
Halal-certified eateries give their customers more selections. For our Muslim brothers and sisters, halal restaurants allow them to dine in and savor good food without compromising their religious beliefs. They don’t need to settle for less food quality. That is how halal restaurants give more value to their customers.