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The Halal Food

Published on Wed - 28th Mar 2018

The Halal Food


As the world's most culturally diverse country, Tanzania is enriched by people from many countries, backgrounds, traditions and tribes. This article provides information about foods acceptable to the Muslim community.
Muslims around the world practice the religion of Islam. The practice of Islam includes observing dietary laws which come from Islamic teachings. Islamic dietary laws define foods that are Halal, meaning lawful or permitted. Muslims avoid food and beverages that are Haram, meaning not permitted.
Increased attentiveness of culturally acceptable foods improves our ability to meet the needs of a diverse society. It is important to take into consideration each individual’s standpoint on his/her cultural and religious practice.
The information provided by Halal Tourism Tanzania in partner with Tanzania Halal Certification (TANHAC) will assist you when planning your trip to Tanzania on where to get a place which is certified and audited in serving/providing accommodation, meals, snacks or refreshments for the Muslim community.

Halal means ‘permissible’ in Arabic and describes anything that’s allowed under Islamic law.
Although it is most often used to describe food and drink, halal can refer to any object or activity. Anything opposite of it is referred to as haram.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (ra):
The Messenger of Allah (?) said, “Allah the Almighty is Good and accepts only that which is good. And verily Allah has commanded the believers to do that which He has commanded the Messengers. So the Almighty has said: “O (you) Messengers! Eat of the tayyibat [all kinds of halal (legal) foods], and perform righteous deeds.” [23:51] and the Almighty has said: “O you who believe! Eat of the lawful things that we have provided you.” [2:172]” Then he (?) mentioned [the case] of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty, and who spreads out his hands to the sky saying “O Lord! O Lord!” while his food is haram (unlawful), his drink is haram, his clothing is haram, and he has been nourished with haram, so how can [his supplication] be answered? - Muslim


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