Allah has commanded us to always consume from halal (lawful) and beneficial sources so that our physical body would be nourished from permissible sources, which are pleasing to Allah. Moreover, not just halal but beneficial in all aspects pertaining to it. It is from such source that the healthy body and sound intellect will be nurtured. A healthy body will produce a sound mind. More important than that is the cultivation of the heart as the determinant of the overall goodness of an individual. Such truth in the words of our beloved Prophet Muhammad narrated on the authority of an-Nu’man bin Bashir (which means):
“Beware! In the body there is a piece of flesh if it becomes sound and healthy, the whole body becomes sound and healthy but if it gets spoilt, the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Food from sources that are haram (unlawful) or shubhah (doubtful) will only darken the heart, burying it from the rays of guidance and noble values. The heart will be inclined to characteristics or behaviors that are contrary to virtues, for it is dominated by lust that submits to Shaytan‟s whisperings. The heart that is nurtured with sustenance and sources that are unlawful becomes a palace for all Shaytan to do as they please. In the end, one will succumb and plunge into the valley of sins, filth, and Hellfire. For every flesh that grows from unlawful sources, Hellfire awaits it.
Therefore, we must give serious attention to the consumption of food that is halal and tayyiban (beneficial) beginning from the early stages of childhood education up until adulthood. It is high time for us to be bold in making changes and seriously changing in increasing our understanding of all matters pertaining to halalan-tayyiban.
Today, religious agencies and local authorities are intensely creating awareness within the society upon the importance for us to choose and prioritize food and products that are halal and beneficial. Halal in terms of its ruling, which is not contradictory to the Shari‘ah of Allah. Similarly with the food source from slaughtered animals, it must be certain that such animal was slaughtered according to the stipulations of the Shara‘. While for the tayyiban aspect, it is in terms of its production and management processes.
We must educate and teach our family members to always prioritize upon halal matters wherever we may be. Let us become familiarized with “halal logos” that are recognized to ensure that the products we choose are truly halal beyond doubt. Let us inculcate this practice as part of the culture in our lives. Beginning with our families, and ultimately imbued within our society. It is only through these earnest efforts that we will comprehend and internalize upon the reason why Allah had commanded us to seek food and sources that are halaal and beneficial.
Thus, Allah mentions in verse 172 of surah al-Baqarah:
“O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.” [Al-Quran, surah al-Baqarah, verse 172].
Come all! Let’s ensure that every entrepreneur, trader, producer, and manufacturer of food items comply with thehalal certification‟s requirements and regulations. Have certainty that it is only “with halal sources that life becomes more blessed,” only with halal sources that we live in grace, only with halal sources that life becomes safer, and only with halal sources that the state will prosper.
For that, we must always ensure that our source of wealth and income are halal, and to always avoid haram matters. In a hadith narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Rasulullah said (which means):
“A time will come when one will not care how one gains one’s money, legally or illegally.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari]
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