Halal, meaning condoned or allowed in Arabic, is the diet and lifestyle of the followers of Islam. It involves the restriction of a range of foods, including pork, from one's diet as well abstinence from alcohol.
When a person follows this diet in addition to eating other healthy foods, he may have less risk of certain health problems.
This diet is particularly beneficial when a dieter focuses on eating healthily overall in addition to the restrictions the eating plan dictates. The halal diet typically excludes a range of foods, including pork or pig byproducts, foods that still contain animal blood, predatory birds, and animals that died for any reason other than being slaughtered for food.
Land animals that do not have visible ears are prohibited as well. Additionally, people who follow this diet avoid meats that were not slaughtered according to the Islamic law.
Another potential benefit of this type of eating plan is the prohibition of alcohol. When alcohol is consumed in excess, it can be very dangerous to the organs, including the liver, pancreas, and brain.
Over-consumption of alcohol may also cause stroke and cirrhosis of the liver. Going on a halal diet can ensure that the organs are not negatively affected. Additionally, alcohol adds extra calories to one's diet, which can be a problem for a person interested in losing weight.
The Quran and traditions of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH and his progeny) teach us to cherish good health and realize its true value as one of God’s countless bounties.
“And remember when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'” (Quran 14:7)
The Quran contains many verses of advice about healthy eating that relate to the interconnectedness of physical and spiritual health. Encouragement to eat only good and pure food is often combined with warnings to remember God. Healthy eating not only satisfies hunger but also has an effect on how well we worship.
“O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth that is lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” (Quran 2:168)
True believers need healthy bodies and minds in order to worship God in the correct way. To maintain a sound mind, a pure heart and a healthy body special attention must be paid to health.
The heart and the mind are nourished by remembrance of God, and worship performed in a lawful way, and the body is nourished by partaking of the good and lawful food God has provided. Attention to diet and nutrition is a part of the holistic health system inherent in Islam.