The Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I never thought that a chocolate could be Halal or Haraam. What thing can make a chocolate haraam? Milk???
Yes, milk can make a chocolate haraam. We eat a lot of milk chocolates but we never wonder that which milk is it. Could this milk be of a haraam animal.
Does it matters if it is of a haraam animal or not???
Yes, it do matters. In Islam, every product of a haraam animal is also haraam.
See the reference below.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah:
I heard Allah’s Apostle, in the year of the Conquest of Mecca, saying, “Allah and His Apostle made illegal the trade of alcohol, dead animals, pigs and idols.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What about the fat of dead animals, for it was used for greasing the boats and the hides; and people use it for lights?” He said, “No, it is illegal.” Allah’s Apostle further said, “May Allah curse the Jews, for Allah made the fat (of animals) illegal for them, yet they melted the fat and sold it and ate its price.” [Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan an-Nisa'i, al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Maajah, Mishkaat, Sunan ad-Darmi, etc.]
It came to my mind when I was holding a chocolate wrapper which had printed on it “German Milk”.
The milk produced from Germany.
But Germany is not an Islamic country. There live many non-Muslims who do not have any prohibition of halal and haraam food. That means Germany HAS TO PRODUCE Halal as well as Haraam food. And, as Germany is not an Islamic country, it do NOT HAVE TO LABEL it as Halal or Haraam. So, it do not matters them whatever milk are they using for chocolate. But, it do matters a Muslim that which milk (product) is s/he consuming.
So, at last, it is a duty of a Muslim to verify which product is s/he consuming. But, how can an individual verify this thing? We do not ask anything from non-Muslim countries. We only ask from Muslim countries to also label the halal verified chocolates as Halal. In Muslim counties, like Pakistan, almost every product has a label of halal. So why not chocolates can have a halal label after verifying the contents of a chocolate?
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