Why is it so important for a Muslim to strictly consume Halal?
Consuming Halal is an order of Allah and an essential part of the Islamic faith. Allah has repeatedly emphasised the consumption of Halal in His book. The following are some examples of such verses:
1. “O Messengers, eat from the pure foods and work righteousness” (Holy Quran 23:51)
2. “O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you” (Holy Quran 2:172)
3. “O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and pure” (Holy Quran 2:168)
4. “So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah’s name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” (Holy Quran 6:118)
5. “And do not eat that upon which the name of Allah has not been mentioned, for indeed it is a grave disobedience”. (Holy Quran 6:121)
By being careless about the halal and shariah laws of Islam a believer puts himself in harms way both in this world and the world hereafter.
In this world, due to in taking such a product he deprives himself from having any of his good deeds and duas accepted by his creator while in the hereafter he suffers the greatest loss ever imaginable i.e. refusal from being admitted to Paradise .
All this is confirmed in the following traditions:
1. Abu Hurairah RA related,” Allah’s Messenger PBUH said: Verily Allah is pure and He accepts only what is pure and indeed Allah has given those orders to the believers, which he has given to the Messengers. He has said, “O Messenger, eat from the pure foods and work righteous”. He -also- has said: “O you who have believed, eat from the pure things which we have provided you.” Then (the Prophet PBUH) made mention of a man who undergoes a lengthy journey in a state that he is dishevelled and dusty. He spreads his hands towards the sky (calling), “O my lord, O my lord”, however his food is Haram, his drink is Haram, his clothes are Haram and he has been nourished with Haram! So how will his call be answered?” (Muslim)
2. S’ad RA relates: Allah’s messenger PBUH said “O S’ad purify your food (and as a result) you will become one who’s supplications are accepted. I swear by He in whose hands the soul of Muhammad PBUH lies, verily a servant (of Allah) tosses a Haram morsel in his stomach (due to which) no deed is accepted from him for 40 days” (Tabarani)
3. Abu Baker RA narrated that Allah’s Messenger PBUH said “That body will not enter Paradise which has been nourished with Haram” (Baihaqi)
4. Ka`b Ibn Ujrah relates that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “a body nourished with Haram will not enter Jannah”. (Tirmidhi)
5. Jabir RA reported, Allah’s Messenger PBUH said, “That flesh will not enter Paradise which has grown from Haram, and all that flesh which has grown from Haram, the fire (of hell) is more worthy of it.” (Ahmed, Darimi, Baihaqi)
6. Abu Hurayrah (RA) reports that the Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram.” (Bukhari)
In the millennium , it becomes even more important to ensure the meat and poultry even financial transactions online and offline is genuinely Halal due to the execessive deceit, cheat and false labelling of Halal in the e-commerce platforms .
More than 20 places in the Al-Quran it has been mentioned the importance of consuming Halal foods
• It is the Divine Command
• Clean and Healthy
• Pure and Wholesome
• Nutritious and Good Quality
• Dietary Assurance
• Halal money
Around the world, people choose to eat clothe , trade or avoid certain foods and financial transactions depending on their religious belief.
Some beliefs have been followed for centuries and are well established as part of life.
Consequences of Consuming Haraam food and money
• Lost of Modesty
• Interest towards Ibaada will be lessened & inclination towards evil deed will be increased
• Duas will not be answered
• Ibadah will not be accepted
There is no doubt that one of the obligations upon the Muslim is that he earn for himself and his family a pure and halal sustenance. Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet SAW said:
“O People! Allah is al-Tayyib (Pure), and He only accepts that which is pure! Allah has commanded the believers what He has commanded the Messengers, for He said, ‘O Messengers! Eat from the pure foods, and do right,’ and He said, ‘O you who believe! Eat from the pure and good foods We have given you.'”
Then the Prophet SAW mentioned a traveller on a long journey, who is dishevelled and dusty, and he stretches forth his hands to the sky, saying, “O my Lord! O my Lord!” – while his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully; how can he (expect to) be answered?
It is noticed in this hadith that the PProphet SAW emphasised this person’s impure earnings by detailing the fact that his food, clothes, drink and nourishment were all obtained from the impure.
From this hadith, we learn that both the prophets and the believers have been commanded to eat from the tayyibdt, or the pure things. Purity is achieved when one earns his sustenance in a halal manner, and then uses it to buy halal food. So, if a person buys pure food from stolen money, this will not be accepted from him. Likewise, if one earns money from permissible means, then uses it to buy impermissible items, such as intoxicants, this too will not be accepted from him. Only when both of these conditions have been met – the way one earns money and the way one spends it – will Allah’s acceptance be gained.
Therefore PayHalal subscribed to a number of narrations in the Quran that signify that earning through halal is an obligation upon every Muslim.
It is because of this that Islam encourages earnings through trade and working.
In the digital age trading in e-commerce is encouraged because it is one of the best ways that a person can ensure earning pure sustenance as long the shariah principles and halal compliance are fully observed .
There are two aspects to halal sustenance, the first involving earning through halal means (as discussed above), and the second entailing spending only on halal items so as to ensure purity in what a person eats, drinks and is nourished on.
Wisdom from the ancient times.
The Companions, too, were careful about how they earned their sustenance. Once, a servant of Abu Bakr’s came to him with some food, so he ate from it. The servant then asked him,
“Do you know where this came from?” He replied, “From where?” The servant responded, “I practised astrology once in the times of Jahiliyyah — even though I am not an expert in it, except that I managed to trick the other person. So he paid me, and gave me what you ate!”
Hearing this, Abu Bakr put his finger in his mouth and forced himself to vomit up the food, until there was nothing left in his stomach.
In yet another indication of the piety of the early generations, Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqas, one of the famous Companions of the Prophet SAW, was once asked, “Why is it that your prayers are responded to, amongst all of the other Companions?
” So he replied, “I do not raise to my mouth a morsel except that I know where it came from and where it came out of.”
In conclusion, the Prophet SAW gave an example contrasting the person who takes from this world excessively, not caring how he earns his money, with the person who takes from it moderately, ensuring that his earnings are halal. Prophet SAW said,
“What I fear for you after me (is) what will be given to you from the magnificence and beauty of this world, except that good never brings about evil. The fruits that are harvested in spring cause death (for the animal that eats it), or brings it close to death, except for the one that eats khadir. So when it (the animal) eats this until its stomach is full, it faces the sun and releases its bowels and urinates (i.e., with ease), then pastures again. And verily this money is enticing and sweet.
PayHalal is the only Wakalah Bai Al Ujrah payment gateway that acts as the agent for the seller by ensuring everything is compliant to halal and shariah so when you as a Muslim buy from a PayHalal verified merchant you can can be certain all is halal.
So how great is the Muslim companion (to it), who gives it to the poor and the orphan and the way-farer. So he who acquires it justly, and puts it in its proper place, then how great a helper it is! But he who takes it unjustly, is like the one who eats but is never satisfied, and it will be a witness against him on the Day of Judgement.”
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