To achieve halal status, meat and poultry must be slaughtered according to Islamic dietary laws known as Zabihah. This process requires using a sharp instrument to cut the animal’s throat swiftly, striving for humane slaughter. Only lively and healthy animals are selected, with every drop of blood meticulously drained to ensure freshness. Additionally, a halal animal should be raised on pure, by-product-free diets. Accompanying the process is the tasmiya or shahada — a dedicated recitation honoring Allah — which can be performed by Muslims or People of the Book (Christians and Jews).
If you want to partake in halal-approved delights, steer clear of forbidden foods such as pork (including ham, bacon, and related sausages), non-halal-slaughtered animal meats, any meat or plant-based alternative made from alcohol components or animal shortening, and blood-infused delicacies like blood pudding. Notably, many devout Muslims also find kosher meat acceptable.