Thursday, June 11, 2020

Halal and Haram

What is Halal 

According to the Islamic Council, 'halal' is an Arabic word, meaning lawful or permitted in Sharia (Islamic law).  The term applies to food and beverages, meat products, cosmetics, medicines, food items - everything.In general every food is considered halal in Islam unless it is specially prohibited by the Qur’an or the Hadith . By official definition, halal foods are those that are:
  1. Free from any component that Muslims are prohibited from consuming according to Islamic law (Shariah).
  2. Processed, made, produced, manufactured and/or stored using utensils, equipment and/or machinery that have been cleansed according to Islamic law.


What is fitra 


Fitra is given after the completion of Ramadan, that is, Eid's moon.  It is a kind of Sadka (charity) which is a duty on every Muslim whether it is a child, old man, woman or girl.  Every Muslim should be fit.
Fitra is the amount that the people of wealthy families give to the financially weak people.  It is necessary to perform it before the Eid prayers.  The amount of Fitra is also given to the poor, widows and orphans and all the needy.The big difference between zakat and fitra is that paying zakat is as important as fasting and praying, but giving fitra is not necessary under Islam. it is decided to pay 2.5 per cent in zakat while there is no limit for fitra.  Man can give as much fitra according to his status.


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