• The HCB has prepared a series of Halal Training Programs to increase understanding on Halal issues and to produce resources for the Halal market.
  • These training programmes are based on Islamic Law and cover different topics like what foods are Halal (permissible) and Haram (prohibited), the concept of Halal, importance of Halal for Muslim consumers, the Halal market, product research and development, Halal certification and internal Halal training.
  • These training programs are designed for professionals, Muslims/non-Muslims who are associated with the Halal industry, those who wish to join the Halal industry and even those who would like to improve their existing Halal production.
  • Companies that wish to deliver Halal training to their employees can take advantage of group bookings and training can also be delivered on site. This personalized training program allows employees to address technical difficulties that they may encounter during the course of their daily work.
  • As part of the training we can also arrange visits to abattoirs and processing plants to aid understanding and see how others implement the Halal standard/procedures in the real world.


Understanding Halal, Haram, and Mushbooh

The Quran has numerous rules instructing Muslims to choose and consume wholesome foodstuffs. In the selection of food and drink, Islam has laid down three very important guidelines:

  • Whether the consumption of foodstuff is prohibited by Allah.
  • Whether the foodstuff is obtained through ‘halal’ or ‘haram’ means.
  • Whether or not the material is harmful to health.

All foods are considered Halal except the following :

  • Swine/pork/dog and its by-products;
  • Alcohol and intoxicants;
  • Blood and blood by-products;
  • Carnivorous animals, birds of prey and land animals without external ears;
  • Amphibious animals such as frogs, crocodiles and turtles;
  • Animals improperly slaughtered or dead before slaughtering;
  • Food contaminated with any of the above products (The Halal ingredients must not be mixed, or even come into contact with Haram materials, such as products from pig or dog, during storage, transport, cooking, serving, etc.;
  • Foods containing ingredients such as gelatin, enzymes, emulsifiers, etc. are Mushbooh or questionable.


Mushbooh is an Arabic term which means ‘suspected’. If one does not know the Halal or Haram status of a particular food or drink, such a food or drink is doubtful. An observant Muslim would prevent himself from consuming doubtful things such as stimulants, depressants, smoking, etc…