Halal ("permissible") is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law. The opposite of this word is haraam. The terms halal and haraam are applied to many facets of life; and one of the most common uses of these terms is in reference to meat products, food contact materials, and pharmaceuticals. In Islam there are many things that are clearly halal or haraam. There are also items which are not as clear, and for which further information is needed. Items that are not clear are called mashbooh, which means "questionable." 'Halal' means permissible. 'Haraam' means forbidden. In Islam, other forbidden items include pork and all its products; 'animals improperly slaughtered'; alcoholic drinks, carnivorous animals; birds of prey; and any food contaminated with any of these products.
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