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The Shari’ah status of labeling a Halaal product with a name which has a connotation with Haraam

The Shari’ah status of labeling a Halaal product with a name which has a connotation with Haraam

A few months ago, a certain article made headlines and caused a major commotion in the world of Halaal. The article mentioned that a certain American restaurant had its certification withheld by the Malaysian Halaal body, JAKIM, due to the fact that one of the items on its menu was called a “Pretzel Dog”. The company very cleverly changed the name to “Pretzel Sausage” and secured their certification.

JAKIM’S stance on the matter was that it is prohibited to give a Halaal  product a name that resembles something Haraam  [1] ; as it would cause the Muslim consumer undue distress or could even mislead them. Accordingly, the restaurant would have to change the name of its product.

The famous media outlets across the world made quite a big deal out of this article and the Muslim public posted comments extensively. The entire uproar led me to conclude that this topic should be discussed from a Shari’ah perspective so that we can determine whether JAKIM had stipulated this clause for administrative purposes or whether they had done so as per the demand of the Shari’ah.

Hence, we immediately called a meeting with the respected Muftis of SANHA Pakistan Shari’ah Research Department and presented the case before them so that they may examine it from a Shari’ah point of view and discuss it academically. We soon realized that this is a purely Shari’ah matter which is thoroughly substantiated from the Quran Kareem, the Sunnah and books of Fiqh. This made it very easy for us to establish that JAKIM had merely practiced on the rulings of the Shari’ah in the stance which it had adopted and that, as a Halaal Authority, this was JAKIM’s obligation and it had utilized its right correctly.

After an entire month of academic discussions and research, Mufti ‘Arif ‘Ali Shah Saheb has prepared a comprehensive treatise regarding the above-mentioned discussion from a Shari’ah point of view, furnished with the relevant references from the Quran, Sunnah and all four juristic schools of thought (Mazaahib). This has been done so as to present the collective view of the entire Muslim world.

May Allah (make this research paper a means of benefit for the entire mankind – Aameen.

Mufti Yousuf ‘Abdur-Razzaaq Khan


SANHA Halaal Associates Pakistan PVT Ltd.

[1] Bearing in mind that it is haraam for Muslims to eat the flesh of dogs.

To read full research paper please download pdf copy below.

Shari’ah status of labeling a Halaal product
English Version
 Shari’ah status of labeling a Halaal product
Urdu Version

 Shari’ah status of labelling a Halaal product
Arabic Version


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