You Are What You Eat
I have to admit, I am a bit careful when it comes to food. At least I try to be careful. In a country where Halal signs can be doubtful and manipulated, most of the time I have to trust my instincts.
One reason is also because I have come across some non-muslim friends who think as long as no pork is involved, then automatically the food becomes Halal. I don’t blame them though. Obviously it’s the responsibility of us muslims to educate them on this.
With the assumption of most food joints in Malaysia should be Halal, I noticed people has become a little bit careless. With just the security of a ‘No pork’ sign, or it’s labeled ‘Seafood’, it’s considered Halal to most. Have it ever crossed your mind if the chicken/beef used is Halal? Or the oil used is of any animal substance? Usage of wine, maybe?
At times I thought to myself, we are more careful when we are out of the country, carefully selecting what or where to eat – just because we assume they are not Halal. It doesn’t hurt to be a little bit careful in your own country too, don’t you think?
p.s. I heard one of the popular kopitiam in the country has only 1 or 2 branches certified Halal. The rest, are xerox-ed copies. Think about it!
“He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.“
Surah 2 – Al Baqarah : Verse 173