In Arabic, Halal literally translates into lawful. Most commonly used in the western world as a prefix for foods that are suitable for those who follow a diet guided by Muslim beliefs, Halal is a lifestyle made up of a wide range of choices.
To live a truly Halal life, many of life's choices must be considered thoughtfully. If these considerations are not truly and thoroughly thought out, then a Haram lifestyle is being lived. Haram is the complete opposite of Halal and means unlawful or prohibited.
The Halal lifestyle is most commonly associated with those of Muslim faith; however, it is growing increasingly popular amongst those who do not form part of the Islamic faith. The Halal treatment in food particularly appeals to people of all faiths and creeds who believe that their food should be treated with dignity and in a compassionate manner.
Traditionally meat consumption rises during the winter due to its high protein and base in many warming meals. Meat is a staple in many of the most traditional meals enjoyed at this time of year including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Indian Cuisine is a forerunner of Halal dining. Many Indians strictly follow Muslim choices and guidelines. This dedication to their faith and religion makes it imperative to understand and fully acknowledge the journey of their food. This makes Indian Restaurants a very popular dining place for those who hope to integrate Halal choices permanently into their lifestyle.
Many non-Indian restaurants make no guarantee as to whether or not their meat is Halal or not. Indeed in some cases, the restaurant staff may not actually be aware whether or not their food has been treated with the standards that Halal demands. This can lead to severe discontentedness amongst those hoping to adopt the Halal lifestyle. Converts may find that many of their favourite dining places are no longer available to them in light of their recent lifestyle changes.
Indian Restaurants that follow Halal guidelines will proudly demonstrate their stance on the exterior of the premises and throughout the menu. This allows the increasing number of Halal aficionados to enjoy their meals without concern.
Those who are entertaining their loved ones this holiday period and do not want to subject them to Haram dining would therefore be well-served to book a table at an Indian Restaurant and enjoy the varied menus. Furthermore most supermarkets stock a wide range of Halal foods to allow the newly converted carry of their new lifestyle throughout the height of meat consumption.