The Fiqh Of Halal Food – Level 1

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The Fiqh Of Halal Food – Level 1

About The Course

Al Balagh Academy is offering an exclusive course on the Fiqh of Halal Food. This course provides the students with an in-depth understanding of Islamic rulings related to Halal and Haram Food in the contemporary world. It will cover everything from the fundamentals of Islamic dietary laws to contemporary issues and challenges faced by the Muslim communities around the world, arising from the halal food industry.

Course Team

Mufti Zubair Butt

(Chair, Al Qalam, Bradford)


Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam

(Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK)

Shaikh Yunus Dudhwala

(Chair, Halal Monitoring Committee, HMC)

Dr Awal Fuseini

(Academic/Researcher, Bristol University, UK)

Mufti Abdullah Nana

(Author, Co-founder of American Fiqh Academy, US)

Mufti Sarfraz Mohammed

(Shariah Consultant for the Halal Monitoring Committee, UK)


12 Live Online Sessions

Duration: 4 Months

Saturdays, 7:30PM - 9:00PM BST

Video Recordings Available



Live Q&A

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Starts on 16th January, 2021

There will be no formal teaching sessions during Ramadan.

Course Fee:

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(Considering the situations due to COVID-19, we are providing a 80% scholarship on this course)

Final Deadline:

23rd January, 2021

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Course Team

Mufti Zubair Butt

(Chair, Al Qalam, Bradford)

Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam

(Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK)

Shaikh Yunus Dudhwala

(Chair, the Halal Monitoring Committee ,HMC)

Dr Awal Fuseini

(Academic/Researcher, Bristol University, UK)

Mufti Abdullah Nana

(Author, Co-founder of American Fiqh Academy, US)

Mufti Sarfraz Mohammed (Birmingham)

(Shariah Consultant for the Halal Monitoring Committee, UK)

Main Modules 

1. Concept of “Halalan Tayyiban”

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions of Halal, Haram and Shubhah (Doubtful)
  3. The Classifications of Halal and Haram Food in Islam
  4. The Sources of Islamic Law
  5. The Principles of Halal and Haram in Islam
  6. The Objectives of Shari’ah
  7. Conclusion

2. Food Additives in Food Processing

  1. Introduction
  2. Definition
  3. Sources of Food Additives
  4. Food Additives
  5. Identification of Food Additives in the Food Processing Industry
  6. E-numbers
  7. How to Identify E-numbers?
  8. Gelatine and How to Identify?
  9. Alcohol Including Ethanol
  10. Function of Food Additives
  11. Applications of Food additives in Food Processing

3. Halal and Haram Ingredients in Food Processing

  1. Categories of Ingredients
  2. Processing of Halal Food
  3. Non-Halal Ingredients: Porcine Ingredients & Its Derivatives
  4. Other Non-Halal Ingredients (Carrion, Blood & Human parts)
  5. Insect Based Ingredients
  6. Contaminants (Najs) and Cleansing
  7. Islamic Position on Gelatine, Collagen and Shellac.
  8. Islamic Ruling on Using Alcohol Including Ethanol
  9. Islamic Perspective on Genetically Modified Food ( GMF)

4. Halal Slaughtering Process

  1. Definition of Slaughtering
  2. Requirements of Slaughtering
  3. Correct Slaughtering Procedures From an Islamic Perspective
  4. Eating Meat Slaughtered by a Jew or a Christian?

5. Contemporary Issues in Halal Meat

  1. Contemporary Slaughterhouses – An Introduction
  2. Use of Stunning in Slaughtering
    1. Mechanical Stunning
    2. Electrical Stunning
    3. Chemical Stunning (gas)
    4. Pneumatic Stunning
  3. Is Stunning Animals Really Humane?
  4. Islamic Position on Stunning
  5. Corrupt Practices in Slaughterhouses
  6. How to Implement the Correct Slaughtering Procedures?
  7. Intensive Farming
  8. Halal Slaughter Controversy
  9. Animal Welfare and Islam

6. Halal and Haram Medicine

  1. Medicinal Ingredients – An Islamic Perspective
  2. The Fiqh of Using Unlawful (Haram) Medication
  3. Conditions of Permissibility and Dispensation
  4. Ingredients in Medicine and Pharmaceutical Products
  5. Active Ingredients and Inactive Ingredients – An Overview
  6. Discussion around Using Gelatin (Porcine/Cow) in Medication
  7. Islamic Ruling on Using Alcohol (ethanol) in Medication
  8. Islamic Rulings on Rotarix, Fluenze and Other Vaccines Containing Haram Ingredients
  9. The Red, The Green and The Grey List
  10. Islamic Guidelines for Muslim Pharmacists.

7. Halal and Haram Cosmetics

  1. Cosmetic and Personal Care Products from Islamic Perspective
  2. Identifying Haram Ingredients in Cosmetics
  3. Oral Intake and External Application?
  4. Using Lipstick, Creams, Fragrance and Foundations
  5. Certification Bodies and References

8. Key Sharia Issues in Halal Food Supply Chain

  1. Contemporary Sharia Issues in Food Processing Plants
  2. Contemporary Shariah Issues in handling, Storage and Transportation.
  3. Key Shariah Issues in Import and Export of Halal Food.
  4. Meat Handled, Processed, Packed and Transported by Non-Muslims?
  5. Imported Meat and Poultry From the Western Countries or Non-Muslim Companies?
  6. Sharia Guidelines on Handling and Storage of Halal Food.

9. Halal Food and Halal Certification

  1. Halal Food Chain
  2. Halal Standards (MS 1500:2009) – Malaysian Case Study
  3. Food Quality
  4. ISO 9000
  5. GMP – Good Manufacturing Practice
  6. HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical ?
  7. Control Points
  8. Halal Quality Systems – Control, Integrity, Certification and Standardization
  9. HMC (Halal Monitoring Committee) Certification- How it works?
  10. Halal Food Inspection

10. An Overview of Current Technologies

  1. Halal Traceability and Authentication – An Overview
    1. Methods Validation for Halal Authentication
    2. FTIR Spectroscopy
    3. Electronic Nose
    4. Vapor Print TM
    5. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
    6. Molecular Biology Techniques
  2. Conventional Food Processing Technologies – An Overview
    1. Thermal Processing
    2. Low Temperature Processing
    3. Drying
    4. Determination of Thermal Processing Adequacy
    5. Hurdle Technology
  3. Emerging or Non-Conventional Food Processing Technology
    1. Non-thermal Processing Technologies
    2. Innovative Packaging
    3. Nano-Technology
  4. Current Issues in Halal and Haram food Production
  5. Global Halal Issues
  6. Challenges of Compliance for Halal and Quality Requirements

11. Islamic Guideline for Food Consumers

  1. Meat and Non-Meat – An Overview
  2. Buying Meat and Poultry from Non-Certified Sources?
  3. Halal Certification vs Oral Testimonial
  4. Packaged and Non–Packaged Food – An Overview
  5. Buying Ready-Made Meals or Frozen Packed or Canned Consumables?
  6. Islamic Guideline for Eating at Restaurants and Hotels
  7. Eating at McDonald, Pizzahut, KFC and Western Restaurants? How to Verify The Halal Status of The Food?

12. Islamic Guideline for Food Industry

  1. Food Industry- General Islamic Guidelines
  2. Halal Food Production Line- Issues and Challenges
  3. Islamic Guidelines for Slaughterhouses
  4. Islamic Guidelines for Processing Plants
  5. Islamic Guidelines on Handling, Packaging, Storage and Transportation
  6. Islamic Guideline on Importing/Exporting Halal Food.
  7. Islamic Guideline for Wholesalers, Retailers and Brands That Market Halal products.
  8. Islamic Guideline for Food Outlets ( Butchers, Restaurants, Takeaways etc)
  9. Islamic Guideline for Kitchen and Restaurant Management.
  10. Setting up McDonald, KFC Franchise from Islamic Perspective?

Course Overview

The Fiqh of Halal Food online course by Al Balagh Academy aims to provide the students with an in-depth understanding of Islamic rulings related to Halal and Haram Food in the contemporary world. This course will cover the fundamentals of Islamic Dietary Law to address the current issues and challenges confronted by the Muslim communities, arising from the Halal food industry.

The course will examine significant subjects such as food additives in food processing, Halal and Haram ingredients, Halal slaughtering process, Halal and Haram medicines, Halal cosmetics and Halal certification. This course will enable students to engage with, and respond to the contemporary issues and challenges faced by Muslim communities living in the multicultural and multi-faith societies—a guide for them to consume authentic Halal food.

Main Topics

  • Concept of “Halalan Tayyiban.”
  • Food Additives in Food Processing.
  • Halal and Haram Ingredients in Food Processing.
  • Halal Slaughtering Process.
  • Contemporary Issues in Halal Meat.
  • Halal and Haram Medicines.
  • Halal and Haram Cosmetics.
  • Halal Certification and Quality Assurance: How it works?
  • Present Food Processing Technologies and Halal Authentication Methods.
  • Islamic Guidelines for Food Consumers.
  • Islamic Guidelines for Food Industry.

Course Aims and Objectives

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of Islamic rulings related to Halal and Haram food, Medicine and cosmetics in a contemporary context.
  • Offer opportunities for those who are working in the food industry and those interested in the Islamic rulings on Halal food to apply the knowledge in their workplace.
  • Educate Shari’ah Scholars on the contemporary issues prevalent in Halal food industry and  the implementation of Islamic rulings in its context.
  • Provide the practical Islamic guidelines focused on the modern issues such as E-Numbers, Gelatine, genetically modified foods (GMF), use of stunning in slaughtering, using Haram Medicine and Halal certification.
  • Discuss Islamic narratives on some of the challenging concepts such as hygiene, animal welfare and food quality.
  • Provide a forum and interpersonal contact between Shari’ah Scholars (Ulamaa), professionals working in the food industry, research scholars and those engaged with Halal certification bodies in order to build a network of support and resource for the future.

Learning Outcomes

By The End Of This Course, Students Can:

  • Attain the knowledge and practical skills that will make them better-informed about Islamic perspectives and Fatawas on halal and haram food, medicine and cosmetics.
  • Describe the concept of halal & haram in Islam and explain with examples of halal food and non-halal food.
  • Understand the sources of the laws & objectives of Islamic shari’ah, describe principles of halal and haram in Islam and apply the knowledge in the halal industry.
  • Explain and discuss non-halal issues related to food additives
  • Describe examples of halal ingredients and non-halal ingredients that are used in the food industry.
  • Distinguish the types of Najs and explain the fundamental customs, and cleansing during the processing.
  • Interpret the halal slaughtering concept precisely and discuss its pillars & requirements for application in food production.
  • Identify and distinguish the corrupt practices prevalent in the Halal food industry and explain the authentic and accepted Islamic rulings and Fatawa.
  • Understand the Halal Food Chain and the quality system of food processing and production
  • Learn the various methods of tractability and authentication of halal and haram materials used in the food processing industry.

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Our online course comprises live interactive online sessions, pre-recorded videos, online course material that include, presentations, reading material & online learning activities. Students may ask questions and get their doubts cleared from their respective lecturers, if any. Our dedicated academic support team will assist you as required.

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All students will receive notification for their course live sessions via email and/or course WhatsApp group. You may also check the Course Schedule tab on your dashboard after logging in on our website or Mobile App.

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I have doubts but I cannot attend the live session. Any other way to ask my questions?

You can discuss your doubts via Course WhatsApp Group dedicated for student discussion or access the Discussion Board on myAlBalagh. It is a platform for you to ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared.

When will the final exam be held?

The Final Exam will be held at the end of the course and will be a Graded And Timed Exam.

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