Frequently Asked Questions

How is the HMA halal certification distinct from other halal certifying agencies?

Is stunning the only thing the HMA monitors, and are abattoirs that do not apply stunning methods automatically approved?

Do you consider non-HMA certified meat, poultry and products to be Haram?
If I see a product marked as halal or I am given assurance, am I not supposed to believe him?

 

How is the HMA halal certification distinct from other halal certifying agencies?

We emphasize the fact that the system is NOT based on merely issuing certificates to the halal establishments after approval but rather, each and every animal will be thoroughly inspected through the HMA procedure of having inspectors physically present which involves inspection of chicken and meat from the source to the point of being slaughtered through to its packaging and up to the point of delivery, then finally stamped/tagged to be HMA approved Halal. At the point of sale the buyer will have to merely demand from the butchers and halal outlets to provide him/her with the chicken, meat and products that bear an “HMA Halal” label or stamp on it.

 

Is stunning the only thing the HMA monitors, and are abattoirs that do not apply stunning methods automatically approved?

Stunning is not the only problem which confronts the Halal meat industry. There are many conditions and requirements of slaughter which if not adhered to can render it Haram/unlawful. As well as ensuring that animals are not stunned, the HMA certification system also constantly monitors at the site of slaughter that;

Animals are manually slaughtered,
A Muslim does the slaughtering,
The slaughterer verbally mentions the name of Allah on each slaughter,
All the necessary veins are cut,
No cross-contamination of non-certified meat/poultry or their parts takes place,
The temperature of the dip tank remains within a certain level, etc.
Since the only way to ascertain that all of these conditions are met is by physical monitoring, HMA approval and certification can only be accorded where this has taken place. Unfortunately, there are many places where due to the speed of the killing line or some other reasons, some of the above conditions are not met which can render some or all products non Halal.

 

Do you consider non-HMA certified meat, poultry and products to be Haram?

We do not comment on non-HMA certified products. We can only declare that they are not certified by HMA as they have not been physically monitored by us.

 

If I see a product marked as halal or I am given assurance, am I not supposed to believe him?

The answer is that even then you must investigate. The main reason being is that today we are living in an era in which deceiving, cheating and being unfaithful has become prevalent within our society. This unfortunate state of affairs is something that was foretold by our beloved Prophet PBUH in the following hadith; Imran bin Hussain RA reported that Allah’s Messenger PBUH said, “The best of this nation is the generation within whom I have been sent then those people who will come after them. Then a people will emerge who will make vows and not fulfill them, they will deceive and they cannot be trusted…” (Musnad Ahmad)
When the current situation is such, we as Muslims have no choice but to be at the top of our guard and practice upon the following verse. “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information then investigate…” (49:6) Unfortunately today swearing oaths in the name of Allah is seen as a cheap bargain to earn a few dollars. Therefore when we have the right to be inquisitive and the resources to investigate, exercise them!