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What is Halal?

Halal is an Arabic word which translates to “allowed” or “lawful”. The term ‘halal” is that which is permitted and allowed according to Islamic jurisprudence. Zabiha, also an Arabic word, refers to the method of Islamic slaughter which is most humane to the animal. According to zabiha principles, animals are slaughtered by a clean cut to the jugular vein with respect and compassion to the animal. The blood is then drained thoroughly from the animal, assuring the highest standard of cleanliness and purity resulting in a higher standard of quality for the consumer. Not only do Muslims seek out halal meat for their dietary needs, but people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds look for the halal label on meats to be assured of healthy high-quality foods.