Commentary On A Hadith Pertaining To The Consumption Of That Which Is Doubtful

Translated into English by Moulana Dr Ismail Jaffer, Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of South Africa

Halaal and Haraam have been clearly defined by the Holy Qur’aan as well as the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

It is mentioned in the Holy Qur’aan:

“It is He who created for you all that is in the Earth.” (Surah 2: Verse 29)

This verse refers to the general permissibility of all natural products of the earth. These things have also been created for the benefit of man.

It is also stated:

“O you who believe! Eat from the good things, which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is (indeed) Him that you worship.” (Surah 2: Verse 172)

In another verse it is stated:

“He has only forbidden these to you, carrion, blood and the flesh of swine and the flesh of animals slaughtered by invoking a name other than Allah. But whoever is forced to eat (by necessity) neither desiring (it) nor transgressing (its limits), there is no sin upon him. Indeed Allah is the Most Forgiving, Ever Merciful.”(Surah 2: Verse 173)

Why the need for Halaal Certification?

ALLAH SUBAHANAHUWATAALA states in the Holy Quraan surah 2 v 168.  “O people! Eat what is on earth, Lawful and Good.”  Furthermore ALLAH says “Eat of the things which ALLAH has provided for you, Lawful and Good.”  (surah 5 – v 88).  These are direct orders from ALLAH.  The consumption of Halaal Food is a fundamental aspect in any Muslim’s life.  We will try to critically evaluate the concerns and scepticism of the Muslim Consumer today.  After all, the consumption of Halaal or Haraam has a profound effect on a Muslim’s duahs.  Understand, the Muslim consumer is faced with immense difficulty regarding choices in today’s world.  The certification of Halaal products no longer refers to meat or ancillary products only, but to a host of other products covering franchise stores, pharmaceuticals, cosmetic products, ready to eat products, as well as a host of drinks, spices, sauces and condiments.  Lately we have also seen a flood of financial, investment and insurance products with the attachment of Sharia or Halaal compliant tags.

Announcement 28 January 2010

Kindly be advised that the e-mail circulating regarding Kellogg's, which is attributed to Grace De La Cruz, emanates from the USA and is not applicable to Kellogg's South Africa. None of the Kellogg's products manufactured locally, which are certified Halaal by the NIHT, contain any gelatine whatsoever. The products are suitable for vegetarians as well.