January 29, 2023

Is it halal or haram? That is the query Bradford’s Asif Iqbal solutions as a part of his world-famous weblog.

The IT employee has helped 1000’s of Muslims throughout the globe by reviewing common merchandise and the way they align with Islamic legal guidelines.  

The Arabic time period Halal means permissible or lawful and Haram means impermissible or illegal.

Asif makes use of his data from college about Islamic regulation theology in addition to the knowledge of well-respected students.

From takeaways, crisps and pastry to pet meals and make-up manufacturers, Asif’s guides attain over 300,000 folks.

Asif’s web site and social media pages additionally attain vegetarians and members of various religion communities – equivalent to Sikhs and Jews – not sure about hidden meat merchandise of their meals. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford blogger Asif Iqbal who runs the online brand 'Is it Halal or Haram?' Bradford blogger Asif Iqbal who runs the net model ‘Is it Halal or Haram?’ (Picture: UGC)

All of it started in 2012 when Asif found his colleague, who follows the identical religion, was unknowingly consuming a haram mid-morning snack at work.

“I used to be simply working, sat within the workplace, and one among my colleagues gave me one among these breakfast bars,” he informed the Telegraph & Argus.

“Again in these days they wouldn’t say ‘appropriate for vegetarians’, they’d pork gelatines blended into it.  This colleague shared it with me and I bear in mind taking a look at it and I mentioned, do you realise this? She rushed to the bathroom and she or he mentioned, ‘I’ve been having these for weeks!’.

“I believed possibly I ought to make folks conscious of it. I simply talked about it, Halal or Haram, mentioned at any time when I come throughout any merchandise I’d initially submit it on my Fb web page. Lots of people began selecting up on the web page. They got here throughout sure sweets that they weren’t conscious had gelatin blended into it.”

His viral posts gained him over 50,000 followers in simply six months. That was when he arrange the official ‘Is it Halal or Haram?’ web site and different social media pages.

His guides are common across the globe – together with the UK, America, Malaysia, Australia, Pakistan, and Indonesia.

He additionally posts halal recipe concepts and meals evaluations.

“I attain practically two million a month,” the Daisy Hill resident mentioned.

“I get numerous questions on KFC, McDonald’s. It’s making an attempt to offer them a solution from each side.

“My inbox is all the time stuffed with questions. I’ve had a number of actually good suggestions nevertheless it’s simply making an attempt to maintain up with it.”

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