These Apps Will Help You Verify The Halal Status Of Products You Want To Buy
In addition to the above, the cause of death of the animal or the process through which the animal was slaughtered also determines its halal or haram status:
"Forbidden to you (for food) are Al-Maitah (the dead animals not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which ALLAH's name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns, and that which has been partly eaten by a wild animal, unless you are able to slaughter it (before its death), and that which is sacrificed on An-Nusub (stone-altars). (Forbidden) also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision; (all) that is fisqun (disobedience of ALLAH and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion; so fear them not but fear me (ALLAH). This day, have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you, and have chosen for you, Islam as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these above mentioned meats), then surely, ALLAH is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
One of Prophet Muhammad's (Peace be upon him) companions, Ibn Abbas (May GOD be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) saw a man who was sharpening his knife after laying down a sheep to be slaughtered. He rebuked him saying, “Did you intend to make it die two deaths? Why did you not sharpen your knife before laying it down?” - Al-Hakim.
The following are other hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in relation to the lawful manner of rearing and slaughtering animals for consumption:
"ALLAH has ordained kindness (or excellence) in everything. If killing is to be done, do it in the best manner, and when you slaughter, do it in the best manner by first sharpening the knife and putting the animal at ease." - (Muslim).
“The worst of shepherds is the ungentle, who causes the beasts to crush or bruise one another.” (Muslim).
- The name of GOD has to be pronounced upon it at the time of slaughter,
- the animal should have been reared in a humane environment and in a kind manner,
- the animal should not be Maitah (a dead animal not slaughtered),
- the animal should not feel any pain at the time of slaughter,
- the animal should not be made aware of the fact that it is about to be slaughtered,
- the animal should be slaughtered and not strangled nor killed with blunt weapons,
- the animal should not have died by a violent blow, the goring of horns nor as a result of being partly eaten by a wild animal.
Verify Halal allows consumers to make an informed decision when shopping for their Halal products. Consumers can either scan or search for product, brand, company or country of their choice.
According to its app store description, "Listed products are all certified by certification bodies that are all accredited and recognised by JAKIM. The status of halal and authenticity of the information contained are based on the guidelines and registry of accredited, certified and approved division of JAKIM’s Halal Hub Division, which in turn maintains the updated live Halal directory for Malaysia as well as JAKIM’s certified Foreign Halal Certification Body."
The app can be used by consumers in South Africa, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.
The following is Scan Halal's app store description: "Scan Halal is the largest halal food organization bringing transparency to the halal food industry and providing valuable and much-needed information readily available at their fingertips to make better informed halal dietary choices. Scan Halal was born out of frustration with reading through all the long worded hard to pronounce time consuming ingredients that so many of us muslims struggle with every day.
We handle the complicated stuff, so you don't have to. Simply scan the barcode (UPC/EAN) of the product you wish to consume and within seconds our app will breakdown the sources of ingredients (plant, animal, synthetic, etc) and display the halal status. Our app service is trusted by millions of muslims and other halal consumers who rely upon Scan Halal everyday.
Made by the team at scanhalal.org. There’s lots of work that goes on behind the scenes, working around the clock at Scan Halal to make sure things are running smoothly. Our team of food technologists, nutritionist, and auditors have a strong understanding in food matters and a wealth of industry experience that work endlessly to serve both the Muslim community and Halal Certification Industry.
To learn more, you can also visit scanhalal.org
This app currently supports U.S.A & Canada Products.
U.K, France, & Germany release coming soon!"
The halal check app also makes it easy to check the halal status of a product but it also includes the Qur'an with audio, the 99 names of ALLAH and their meanings and 24 hours live streaming of Makkah and Madinah.