When discussing Islamic most popular food one cannot fail to bring up the word Halal and Haram. Halal food is often used in reference to food and drinks that are permissible to Muslims according to Sharia law while Haram refers to food that is forbidden in Islam. According to the Islam culture, Muslims eat all kinds of food except:
- Swine/ pork
- Animals not properly slaughtered in accordance to Islamic method
- Carnivorous animals and birds of prey
- Blood and any by-product
- Alcoholic drinks and intoxicants
Globally among all Muslims, they have a Halal certification that means the food has been subjected to approve certification systems that guarantee to consumers that the food they are purchasing has no forbidden components. According to Islam culture, a true Muslim is the one who loves what his creator Allah Almighty loves and hates what his creator hates. Similarly, it means a true Muslim loves what Prophet Muhammad loved and vice versa. Prophet Muhammad had his favorite foods that he believed had benefits to the body. They include:
- Barley- Prophet Muhammad believed it was good in fever.
- Dates- he said they should be eaten at the time of childbirth. Helps in increasing blood and weight.
- Figs- fruits from Paradise and cure piles
- Grapes- the prophet believed they purified the blood, provide vigor and health and also strengthen kidneys.
- Honey- it was recommended the best for diarrhea when mixed in hot water. It was used for creating an appetite, eliminating phlegm, as a meat preservative and strengthening the stomach.
- Milk- the prophet said that milk wipes away heat from the heart. Used for strengthening the back, improve the brain and drive away forgetfulness.
- Olive oil- used for treating the skin and hair, delay old age and treat inflammation of the stomach.
- Mushroom- the prophet believed that mushroom is a good cure for eyes and also serves as a form of birth control.
It’s an obligation of every Muslim to follow the Sharia laws which clearly states the forbidden and non-forbidden foods. In mid-2012, Adam came up with Halal Food Blog, which talks about different Halal foods and how to prepare them. They have garnered a lot of popularity over the years.