[Q 253] Confirming Halal Status in Non-Muslim Countries

Question

How much tahkeek is wajib when you live on non-Muslim land for a halal restaurant, please send the complete details?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب بعون الملك الوهاب اللهم هداية الحق والصواب

Answer

It is the responsibility of a Muslim to always eat halal. Now, depending on where you are sourcing your food, the standard of investigation for halal can vary. Also, the standard may change depending on the product. The general principle of Shariah is that any product that does not include meat or any of its components is to be considered halal and pure unless there is a Qareena (an indication) of contamination with impure or non-halal items. Therefore, if there is no indication of contamination with impure or haram items in such items, there is no need for extensive investigation.

However, if a product contains meat or its components, it is necessary for us to confirm that it has been made through halal methods, that the animal was halal, and slaughtered properly.

Therefore, if you are sourcing any meat or its components from a place, then ensure thoroughly that the meat is halal.

The second principle is that if you are taking anything from a Muslim, and the provider is a devout and pious Muslim, then when they testify to its halal status, you must believe it to be halal unless there is evidence to the contrary. And if the person is of a Fasiq , you may act upon their words if you are convinced; however, if there is any indication that they might be lying and you do not feel reassured, then you are not allowed to act upon their words.

And if the person is a non-believer and they testify to the item being halal, their words cannot fundamentally be trusted.

Another principle is if a Muslim has made the product, there is less need for investigation. But there is more need for investigation if the item is made by a non-Muslim.

Answered by : Mufti Sajid Attari

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