I currently have two food groups I am querying on this as one is a meat product and one isn’t.
I currently have in my diet ‘Beef Jerky’ and ‘Vegemite’
I knew vegemite had the Halal stamp on it, but seeing as how it was not a ‘meat’ product I didn’t feel very alarmed by it. However, I recently found that my ‘Beef Jerky’ also contains a Halal stamp on it.
I found the following thread - Eating “halal” meat? forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=257048&page=2
In which the answers given to me there were not satisfactory and many were very alarming to be honest. The ones who gave I believe near correct answers had ‘banned’ under their names.
To be halal certified the animal must be facing Mecca, have its throat cut while still alive and then ritually sacrificed by a Muslim who recites a prayer dedicating the slaughter to Allah.
This in my books is food sacrificed to idols, and even if someone tries to say that it isn’t, I would still like to be safe than sorry.
So just a few questions -
Seeing as how vegemite is not a ‘meat’ product, does the Halal stamp simply mean that it is okay for Muslims to eat or that it too was also dedicated to Allah through some form of Islamic ritual?
Given the ‘Halal’ approved meats, can we ourselves bless this food with the sign of the Cross making it fit for us to eat?
Thank you for your assistance (I hope I didn’t offend anyone).