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“Halal” and “Muslim Friendly”

A lot of Japanese who are still unfamiliar with the word “halal” might think “muslim friendly” means the same as “halal”, but it’s not, and I too wasn’t careful enough in using the term “halal”. Recently I revised the titles of my old posts about restaurants from “Halal Restaurant” to “Muslim Friendly Restaurant”. I did so after I showed this blog to a muslim lady I got to know from the halal business course. She told me that I shouldn’t use the term “halal” if the restaurant serves alcohol even if all the menu is halal. I thought it was ok to introduce a restaurant as a “halal restaurant” as… Read more »

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2-Day Halal Business Course by Halal Japan Business Association

  I decided to go to a 2-day halal business course and learn what is “halal” in global and general terms before starting this blog.  I’ve had a basic knowledge about Islam from living and working in Islamic country and mingling with muslim friends but when it comes to “halal” or “halal food,” I was always confused. Why is there halal butter and non-halal butter when butter doesn’t contain meat? Can I share my glass with a muslim friend which is washed with soap but might have been used as a beer glass in the past…? Is hand sanitizers containing alcohol haram…? and such. It seemed to me that everyone… Read more »