Glam Halal | may-june. 2020
1. Islam prohibits all intoxicants while
liquor in general is regarded as kosher.
Grape-derived wines can also be kosher
if manufactured under the supervision
of a Rabbi. The kosher mark cannot
make it Halal.
2. Gelatine is considered kosher by
some Jewish authorities regardless
of the source of origin. Muslims
consider gelatine prepared from
pork and non-Halal slaughtered
animal origin as Haram. Therefore, food items
such as marshmallows, yoghurts etc. are not
automatically considered Halal with a kosher
are they interchangeable and
The Divine laws of Islam are indeed perfect as taught to us
3. Enzymes irrespective of their source
are acceptable in cheese making
and carry the kosher symbol, whilst
enzymes of pork origin are Haram.
4. Jewish law permits use of pig-hair
basting brushes in food preparation
whilst it is Haram for Muslims.
5. Pig skin products may be used
by Jews whilst it is forbidden for
6. Islam considers the entire carcass
of permitted animals as Halal while
Jews cannot consume the hind
7. Jewish law requires recitation of a
prayer at the beginning of the slaughter
day while it is mandatory in Islam
to pronounce the name of Allah on the
slaughter of each animal.
Muslims accept as sacrosanct
the role of all the previous
Prophets (peace be upon
them) and the Scriptures
with ultimate reliance on the
final verse of the Final Revelation
revealed to the Last Prophet (peace be
The verse states “… this day have I perfected
your religion for you and completed my favour upon
you and chosen for you Islam as your religion.”
(Surah 5, Verse 3)
Despite this irrevocable determinate,
some believe that kosher equates to Halal
and one can switch from one to the other
when a “need” arises.
While there are commonalities and
linguistic similarities in that kosher is a
Hebrew word that means “proper or fit” and
Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible”,
they are different entities in both
meaning and spirit.
While it is known that pork and pork
products are unacceptable for both, there
are many differences that one may not be
aware of such as: –
8. For those who erroneously believe
that Halal equates to kosher and
vice versa and hence interchangeable
and exchangeable, Jewish
dietary law is explicit in not accepting
Halal as kosher.
The Divine laws of Islam are indeed perfect
as taught to us by the perfect Exemplar,
the Noble Prophet (peace be upon him).
Consumption of Halal is a key to one’s Salvation.