5 Everyday Products You Didn’t Know Were Halal

Navigating through the myriad of products in today’s market, discerning what’s truly halal isn’t always straightforward. Beyond the obvious labels and certifications, lies a world of uncertainty. What exactly are the ingredients? How were they sourced and processed? Some products boast halal claims without official certification, leaving consumers to decipher on their own. While certain restaurants proudly advertise their halal status and meat brands often provide clarity, the realm of halal extends far beyond the expected. From commonplace groceries to everyday commodities, the array of halal-certified items may surprise you. Join us as we uncover five everyday products that quietly adhere to halal standards, unveiling a world of assurance in the everyday.

Wine vinegar: Alcohol is haram, so you may assume that wine vinegar falls into the haram category. However, vinegar is made from fruit, like apples and grapes, and it is just one of millions of naturally-occurring, carbon-based compounds, also known as ethanoic acid, one of a family of carboxylic acids. 

In fact, wine vinegar is halal because the intoxicating element in the alcohol has disappeared and is no longer present. Some Shafi’iyah scholars say the vinegar from alcohol is halal only if the process of transformation occurs naturally. That means if the process of making vinegar from alcohol happens by human interference, such as manufacturing, then it is not halal. However, the overwhelming majority agree that wine vinegar is permissible. 

Chicken Nuggets: All nuggets are not created equal. But you will be happy to learn that chicken nuggets by Crescent Foods is one of many halal products available at Costco. This company sees their product through from farm to fork. Their chickens are raised without cruelty. They are antibiotic free and are fed an all-vegetarian diet free from animal by-products. Crescent chickens are hand slaughtered individually according to halal guidelines by Muslims, so you can have peace of mind knowing the poultry is truly halal and all-natural. 

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Gelatin: Gelatin is used as a stabilizing and smoothing element in thousands of supplements and food products such as chocolate, jam, and various desserts. Since it is generally derived from pigs, those practicing Islam will assume they should avoid it. 

However, gelatin can be made from plants, fish, and halal animals, or it can be synthetically produced, in which case it is halal. Unfortunately, the source of the gelatin is not always indicated, so you may have to get used to doing some label-reading or simply stick to foods that are halal-labeled by a legitimate source. 

Energy Drinks: If you’re wondering if your energy drink is halal, you may have to do some digging. Various energy drinks contain ingredients that do not comply with halal standards, such as alcohol or taurine derived from animals. 

However, companies like Bebidas e Comidas make an energy drink called Hayal, which is halal-certified. Their site states: The new Hayal Energy Drink is the first premium Energy Drink with the protected seal of approval from the Islamic Center of Hamburg. Produced, inspected, and certificated by highly qualified Islam experts and food chemists, by the means of strict and international standardized Halal criteria.

Nail Polish: There is nothing in the sacred texts that says that coloring one’s nails is forbidden. In fact, women have used henna to color their nails for centuries, and scholars are in agreement that coloring nails is not, in and of itself, haram.

Typical store-bought nail polish, however, is often haram because ingredients contained in nail polish can be animal-sourced and they are not necessarily cruelty-free. For example, nail polish color may be sourced from insect blood, which is haram. And thickeners may be sourced from animal proteins.

In addition to concerns about manufacturing and ingredients, Muslim women must also consider that the ritual washing before prayer requires that water touch every part of the hands, including nails. Halal beauty brands that manufacture nail polish have addressed this concern by creating permeable nail polish that allows water to pass through to the actual nail itself. Rather than struggling to scrutinize labels to decipher ingredients and manufacturing processes, purchasing nail polish from a trusted halal brand brings peace of mind for those following quranic laws. Nails can be glamorous, healthy, and halal.

Conclusion:

The concept of halal extends beyond just food and encompasses a wide range of everyday products that we use in our daily lives. From personal care items to household essentials, halal-certified products offer peace of mind to individuals seeking to align their consumption choices with their religious beliefs. By choosing halal-certified products, consumers can support ethical manufacturing practices and ensure they are making informed decisions about the products they bring into their homes. 

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Islam is not only the world’s fastest-growing religion, it’s an economic force. The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report has indicated that Muslim consumers spend more than $3 trillion dollars. With rising awareness and transparency about cruelty-free, ethically-sourced ingredients that are certified halal, we’re excited to see even more diversity and variety in this booming market in the years to come.