What Is Halal In Islam? According To The Quran

What Is Halal In Islam? According To The Quran

There are certain things Allah allows Muslims to do and consume. Halal food, halal slaughter and halal snack packs are a few things that come to mind.

This blog post focuses on what is halal in Islam. If you’d like to find out what is halal, or maybe learn something new, read on.

What Is Halal – Meaning

Quranic term used to indicate what is lawful or permitted. Most legal opinions assert the presumption that everything is halal (permissible) unless specifically prohibited by a text.

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

What is halal are foods or activities that are beneficial to peoples’ health and well-being. Haram things do more harm to people than they do good.

Halal Foods


And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies – between excretion and blood – pure milk, palatable to drinkers.

Qur’an 16:66


And your Lord inspired to the bee, “Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.
Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you].” There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.

Qur’an 16:68-69


Lawful to you is game from the sea and its food as provision for you and the travelers, but forbidden to you is game from the land as long as you are in the state of ihram. And fear Allah to whom you will be gathered.

Qur’an 5:96


What is halal

It is He who sends down rain from the sky; from it is drink and from it is foliage in which you pasture [animals].
He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.

Qur’an 16:10-11


And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.

Qur’an 31:14

Zabihah (Animals Slaughtered In Accordance With Islamic Rites)

O you who have believed, fulfill [all] contracts. Lawful for you are the animals of grazing livestock except for that which is recited to you [in this Qur’an] – hunting not being permitted while you are in the state of ihram. Indeed, Allah ordains what He intends.

Qur’an 5:1

And the grazing livestock He has created for you; in them is warmth and [numerous] benefits, and from them you eat.

Qur’an 5:15

Halal Slaughter

Animal rights in Islam

Narrated Shaddad bin Aws:
that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “Indeed Allah has decreed Ihsan in everything. So when you kill, then do the killing well, and when you slaughter, then do the slaughtering well. Let one of you sharpen his blade, and let him comfort his animal (before slaughtering).”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi

The phrase “bismillah” (in the name of Allah) must be uttered just before a Muslim slaughters an animal.

Narrated Adi ibn Hatim:
I said: Messenger of Allah, tell me when one of us catches game and has no knife; may he slaughter with a flint and a splinter of stick. He said: Cause the blood to flow with whatever you like and mention Allah’s name.

Sunan Abi Dawud

What Is Halal Marriage?

A Highly Encouraged Act

What is halal

Married couples are halal to each other, in the sense that they’re allowed to see, touch and interact with each other. It’s halal for a husband to look at his wife’s ‘awrah and vice versa.

Allah encourages the believers to do nikkah in Surah An-Nur in the Qur’an.

And marry the unmarried among you and the righteous among your male slaves and female slaves. If they should be poor, Allah will enrich them from His bounty, and Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.

Qur’an 24:32

Looking At Your Fiancé

In Surah An-Nur in the Qur’an, Allah states that men and women should prevent themselves from gazing lustfully at the opposite gender.

Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.
And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts…

Qur’an 24:30-31

However, when it comes to selecting a spouse, there are exceptions where it’s permissible to look at non-mahrams in a certain way for marriage.

After all, marriage is a big commitment, and you need to make sure you find them attractive.

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: When one of you asked a woman in marriage, if he is able to look at what will induce him to marry her, he should do so. He (Jabir) said: I asked a girl in marriage, I used to look at her secretly, until I looked at what induced me to marry her. I, therefore, married her.

Sunan Abi Dawud

Choosing Your Spouse

In Islam, arranged marriages are allowed, but not necessary.

What is necessary is consent from both parties.

It was narrated from Ibn Abbas that:
a virgin girl came to the Prophet and told him that her father arranged a marriage that she did not like, and the Prophet gave her the choice.

Sunan Ibn Majah

Narrated `Aisha:
I asked the Prophet, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Should the women be asked for their consent to their marriage?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “A virgin, if asked, feels shy and keeps quiet.” He said, “Her silence means her consent.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Get To Know Each Other The Halal Way

Ibn Juraij narrated this hadith with the same chain of transmitters, but he made no mention of it:
“No person (man) should be alone with a woman except when there is a Mahram with her.”

Sahih Muslim

It’s permissible to get to know your spouse before marriage. Just not in the standard western way.

In Islam, there are no boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, movie dates, phone calling/messaging before marriage. There’s certainly no physical intimacy either. Physical intimacy comes after marriage.

So what you can do is:

  1. Get your friends and family to suggest someone to whom you could marry
  2. Interview your fiancés’ close friends and family. Ask them all of the crucial questions – are they practising Islam? Do they pray five times a day? Can they cook? Do they clean the house? Do they have an anger problem? Etc.
  3. Arrange meetings with your fiancé and wali

It’s important to ask questions about your fiancé’s faith.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman (otherwise) you will be a losers.

Sahih al-Bukhari

Interfaith Marriages

Muslim men are permitted to marry People of the Book (Christian and Jewish women).

… And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers.

Qur’an 5:5


It’s halal for Muslim men to marry up to four wives, as long as he’s able to deal with them justly and support them financially.

And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hand possesses. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].

Qur’an 4:3

Marital Sex

I’m going to pass it to Dr Shehzad Saleem to explain this topic.

Etiquette of sexual intimacy

What Is Halal Talaq (Divorce)?

Divorce is halal. However, it should only be used as a last resort.

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar that:
the Messenger of Allah said: “The most hated of permissible things to Allah is divorce.”

Sunan Ibn Majah

Allah has also emphasised His preference for married couples to stay together (rather than get divorced) in Surah An-Nisa in the Qur’an.

And if you fear dissension between the two, send an arbitrator from his people and an arbitrator from her people. If they both desire reconciliation, Allah will cause it between them. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Acquainted [with all things].

Qur’an 4:35

What Is Halal Finance?

The Sharia forbids gharar, riba and maysir.

Those who consume interest cannot stand [on the Day of Resurrection] except as one stands who is being beaten by Satan into insanity. That is because they say, “Trade is [just] like interest.” But Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest. So whoever has received an admonition from his Lord and desists may have what is past, and his affair rests with Allah. But whoever returns to [dealing in interest or usury] – those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.

Qur’an 2:275

That brings up the next question, “everything is based on interest nowadays – mortgages, car loans, university loans etc. How do Muslims survive in today’s world without interest?”

Enter Islamic finance:

Islamic Finance
The range of financial transactions that conform to the sharia, or Islamic law. Islamic finance forbids investment in industries considered sinful, notably alcohol, pornography and armaments. Islamic law also forbids the payment or receipt of interest. This forces credit to be either interest-free, or, more commonly, to take the form of a partnership or joint venture. For example, a bank could buy an asset for cash and then re-sell it to the “borrower” for a profit such that the profit is the same as the bank would have made had it extended a regular loan.

Farlex Financial Dictionary

What Is Halal Sport?

What is halal
Practice archery and practice riding

Racing with your spouse is sunnah.

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:
while she was on a journey along with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): I had a race with him (the Prophet) and I outstripped him on my feet. When I became fleshy, (again) I had a race with him (the Prophet) and he outstripped me. He said: This is for that outstripping.

Sunan Abi Dawud

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) stressed the importance of learning archery, horse riding and having quality spouse-time.

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdur-Rahman bin Abu Husain:
That the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Indeed, Allah will surely admit three into Paradise by a single arrow. Its maker who seeks good by his making it, the one who shoots it, and the one who holds arrows for him.” And he said: “Practice archery and practice riding, and the you should practice archery is more beloved to me than that you should ride. All idle pastimes that the Muslim man engages in are falsehood, except for his shooting of his bow, his training of his horse, and his playing with his wife, for they are from truth.”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi

What Is Halal Education?

The very first revelation Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) received was these ayat in Surah Al-‘Alaq. They describe how Allah honoured mankind by giving us knowledge.

Recite in the name of your Lord who created –
Created man from a clinging substance.
Recite, and your Lord is the most Generous –
Who taught by the pen –
Taught man that which he knew not.

Qur’an 96:1-5

A great deal of being a Muslim involves reading and reflecting upon the Holy Qur’an.

[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.

Qur’an 38:29

There’s a massive misconception that, in Islam, Muslim women are denied the right to earn their education. This misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.

Fatima bint Muhammad Al-Fihriya Al-Qurashiya (Arabic: فاطمة بنت محمد الفهرية القرشية‎) was an Arab Muslim woman who is credited for founding the oldest existing, continually operating and first degree-awarding educational institution in the world, The University of Al Quaraouiyine in Fes, Morocco in 859 CE.[

Fatima al-Fihri

The Virtue Of Seeking Knowledge

It was narrated that Zirr bin Hubaish said:
“I went to Safwan bin ‘Assal Al-Muradi and he said: ‘What brought you here?’ I said: ‘I am seeking knowledge.’ He said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah say: “There is no one who goes out of his house in order to seek knowledge, but the angels lower their wings in approval of his action.'”

Sunan Ibn Majah

Narrated Abu Hurairah:
that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him.”

Jami` at-Tirmidhi

What Is Halal Work?

Halal jobs to consider are those in the fields of trade, agriculture, skilled crafts and teaching.

Narrated Al-Miqdam:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Nobody has ever eaten a better meal than that which one has earned by working with one’s own hands. The Prophet (ﷺ) of Allah, David used to eat from the earnings of his manual labor.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

What is halal is for women to work and have a career.

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) first wife, owned and operated a very successful caravan business. She hired Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as her business agent.

According to Surah Al-Qasas in the Qur’an, two women worked as shepherds.

And when he came to the well of Madyan, he found there a crowd of people watering [their flocks], and he found aside from them two women driving back [their flocks]. He said, “What is your circumstance?” They said, “We do not water until the shepherds dispatch [their flocks]; and our father is an old man.”

Qur’an 28:23

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