Veganism has rapidly grown throughout the years, especially due to its health benefits and protests against animal cruelty. Its popularity has also increased due to trends that “Gen z” created, to stay in relevance. Contrary to the attributes of veganism, Halal products are more specific to the Islamic requirements and faith-based purposes, because they are so much more than being a part of a trend of significance. Halal means it is clean, the healthiest option, and humane in the way it was obtained for consumption. There is a strong sense of confidence in the consumption of halal, seeing its demand from the beginning of time and surely will last till the end.
Halal is an Arabic word, meaning both lawful and permitted, whereas the opposite to this term is Haram, meaning both unlawful and prohibited. These are both important distinctions that should be recognised for their difference of meaning and understanding, because there are firm differences between the two. Individuals within an Islamic belief system, most distinctively Muslims, follow Halal laws as a necessary acceptance for both, in community and by Allah. The term Halal, can not only be found in relation to food, but when it comes to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as well.
Although it connects to multiple areas, Halal is mostly associated with Islamic dietary laws, including both the animal itself, and its preparation. This cultural acceptance law still embraces in eating from an animal source, however it does so in a way that prevents animal cruelty, and that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Any and all life is a sacred blessing, which is why the preparation to the way the Halal law ends an animal’s life, has to be in accordance with Islamic regulations of mercy; because if a life should be taken in the means of survival, it should be in the name of God.
Pharmaceuticals in modern medicine have a range of many unnatural and harmful ingredients that help with current problems, but that can be damaging for our bodies and health later on in time. These harmful ingredients may include high levels of alcohol, inconclusive animal by-products, harmful chemicals etc. Whereas, Halal pharmaceuticals remove any damaging attributes, so that the products are sustainable, organic, and kind to the human body at all points of life.
As an encouraging reassurance, Halal pharmaceuticals reject all of the following ingredients: Pig, alcohol, predatory animals, human anatomy, and insects. By excluding all of the following, these pharmaceuticals are permissible in accordance with the Islamic law and are more accepted in the department of health.
With an uprising of Halal pharmaceuticals, there has been more demand for worldwide recognition, labelling, and spread. To push for the engagement of all individuals around the world, both Islamic and not.
First quarter of 2021 has proudly been the period to announce that the global Halal cosmetics market has now reached a value of US$74.7 Billion. The Islamic law of Halal has been increasing in its recognition of being the most desirable consumable. Due to this factor, cosmetics of the beauty world and skin care products have become the biggest area of growth within the Halal association. A lot like pharmaceuticals and food, halal cosmetics and skin care have nothing harmful included, that will affect you internally and externally. They exclude any ingredients derived by animals, genetically modified organisms, and alcohol, as these are all unclean. Due to the rejection of these attributes, this makes all cosmetics and skin care vegan, halal and cruelty free.
Some of the rising brands that are in association with the Halal Islamic law are Amara Halal Cosmetics, INIKA Organics, Sampure Minerals, Wardah Cosmetics, along with many more exciting brands, embracing the law. As well as this factor of growth, in my research process, I have also noticed that bigger platforms now have accessible Halal products, including both Ebay and Holland & Barret.
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Based on personal morals, Halal, and veganism both relate on virtuous and honourable principles. Although Halal doesn’t fully exclude the dietary restrictions that are present in being vegan, they stand for the same fundamental essences.
Veganism is recognised for its deniance in accepting animal cruelty, non-sustainable products, and products that aren’t organic. Halal principles register just the same, by excluding non-sustainable products, products that aren’t organic, and any harmful processes in the way of ending life for means of humanity’s survival. With many links between the two, based on physical representation and morality, Halal laws are becoming more recognised for its sufficiency and meaningful message.
As the growth of Halal continues, humanity will begin to further embrace the morality of the Islamic laws present within it. A lot like veganism, this is the cultural embrace of a world that is better than the one we are currently in, so that we can finally exclude the harmful products and cruelty that toxifies our minds and bodies, and that are harmful to the world.
Written by Bethany Allaway