In its most general definition, the term halal refers to what is permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law. This term is contrasted in the Quran with haram, or what is forbidden. For Muslim people, the concept of halal and haram applies even to food and drink. That is, some foods are considered halal and thus are able to be consumed, while impure foods are considered haram and are forbidden.
Generally, killing animals in Islam is only permissible for two main reasons – to be eaten or to eliminate danger. For an animal to be slaughtered for food, it must be halal. This is accomplished through dhabīḥah, the prescribed method of slaughter for all meat sources, excluding fish and other sea-life. The process involves making a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat of the animal with a well-sharpened knife. The head of the animal that is slaughtered is aligned with the qiblah, or the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during Ṣalāṫ. Permitted animals should be slaughtered upon the utterance of the Islamic prayer Bismilah “in the name of God.”
This form of slaughter is considered a form of blessing and animals slaughtered in this manner are considered halal and therefore may be eaten by Muslims. Pork and carrion can never be eaten, and any animal that has been strangled, beaten (to death), killed by a fall, gored (to death), savaged by a beast of prey (unless finished off by a human), or sacrificed on a stone altar cannot be eaten.
Since practicing Muslims cannot eat foods that are not halal, and not all restaurants offer halal options, eating out can be difficult. At Aybla Grill, we are proud to offer halal foods. Our new Greek Mediterranean restaurant offers some of the best Greek food in Portland. Everything we serve is made with fresh, local ingredients. We make it easy for all customers by offering vegan, vegetarian, Halal, and gluten-free options. Currently, our restaurant location is open 6 days a week. We are open for both lunch and dinner and offer indoor and outdoor seating. Contact or call us at 971-328-2041 for catering.