There are over 45 million Muslims in Europe, 330 million in Africa, 220 million in the Middle East, and 1 billion in Asia.
When it comes to meat and poultry, Muslims use the term zabiha (dhabiha) to refer to meat from a halal animal slaughtered by a Muslim in the prescribed Islamic way. (Meat from haram animals does not become halal, even if it is slaughtered in the prescribed Islamic way and a Muslim would never slaughter a haram animal.)
Conversely, kosher is a term similar to the meaning as halal, but there are many differences. Some of the differences are listed below:
There are other differences between halal and kosher that make some kosher products haram or questionable with respect to Muslim consumption.
These differences may seem minor to some. However, indulging in acts that are haram is a very serious offense against ALLAH. Consuming alcohol or pork is a clear violation of ALLAH’s commandments and should not be taken lightly. The pronouncement of the name of ALLAH at the time of slaughter is an act of worship and obedience in its own right. Not only is this pronouncement an act of worship of the most high unto itself, it also is the key to many blessings and bounties.
On the other hand, lists of specific products are not as useful because the status of the products can change at any time and this could lead to consuming haram products. That is why the Halal Food Council Of Europe (HFCE) offers halal certification services to food providers. HFCE supervises the production facilities, provides Muslim slaughter men, and examines and approves ingredients to ensure that a product is halal. When a product is approved, HFCE issues a halal certificate to the food company and allows the product to bear the HFCE Halal symbol on its packaging. This is the surest way to know the product in question is halal.