There is a common misconception that the word “halal” only refers to the Islamic slaughter of an animal.
Whilst this is a key part of a Muslim’s belief system, it is just as important to understand its wider connotations and the other teachings associated with it.
“Halal” is an Arabic term meaning “permissible”. In a religious context, it is used to describe what is lawful in Islam.
Both products (that we eat, drink, or wear) and practices can be labelled as “halal” by Muslims. For example, pork meat is not halal in Islam; nor is the act of polytheism and gambling.
These days, high-street shops, restaurants, and even some chemists make life easier for Muslim consumers by including the halal sign on their products and shop fronts.
Although alluring and perhaps confusing for some, signs like the one you see above simply say “halal” in Arabic and are visibly displayed for the reassurance of Muslim customers.
There is now a growing rise in non-Muslims enjoying or actively looking for halal products too; as they appreciate the concepts of cleanliness, hygiene, and good health that halal practices promote. Contrary to popular belief, “halal” is not just restricted to practising Muslims.
Why is Alcohol Not Halal in Islam?
The core teaching here is that alcohol is an intoxicant; and as commonly understood intoxicating substances cloud judgement, intellect, and often a basic understanding between “right” and “wrong”. This fundamentally, is why consuming alcohol (or any products that contain it) is not permitted in Islam.
What is sometimes over-looked is the importance of etiquette, behaviour, and physical and mental health in Islamic teachings. As a religion of peace and control, Islam educates Muslims to refrain from substances that are harmful for their well-being or encourage addiction and over-indulgence.
Azanti’s Ethos: We Make No Compromises on “Halal”
As a company built with the beneficial teachings of Islam in mind, Azanti makes absolutely no compromise where “halal” is concerned. We understand that Halal connotations stem far wider than just its Arabic definition; it is a lifestyle and one that we as a company, adhere to and respect.
Not only have we ensured that our products are halal-certified, we back this up with the support and evidence from “Halal Consulting”, a credible company that provides audits worldwide. This means that any person can contact Halal Consulting first-hand and be assured that our products contain less than 0.00% alcohol. We can also guarantee that Azanti is fully in line with global tax laws and any other legislations on importing alcohol-free beverages
With the drinking culture becoming increasing popular in the Western world we believe that Muslims – like any other people – should be able to enjoy themselves with their family and friends, without having to worry about compromising on their religious beliefs. We also pay particular attention to “reverts” (those who embrace the Islamic belief system in their adulthood), who can often feel overwhelmed by a fundamental change in their lifestyle and dining etiquette. Azanti’s products offer the perfect alternative, so that reverts can enjoy a transition that’s as smooth as possible.
Islam promotes social inclusion; and this is reflected through our brand ethos and our halal-certified products.
Our range of non-alcoholic wines and champagnes bring people together; whether they adhere to Islamic teachings or not. Without having to make do with a can of Coke or another orange juice, our customers can feel included in celebrations, parties, and work socials- and raise a toast with their loved ones, whilst being assured that what they’re consuming is 100% halal.
Deliciously Halal, to the Final Drop
Offering our consumers, a product that is high-end, healthy, and 100% halal couldn’t make us more proud.
As experts, the team at Azanti understand how premium wine is dealcoholised and produced; and exactly what it takes for it to be halal approved. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to share the process of our wine-making as well as how our co-founder, Azhar obtained the original “Fatwa”; and how it is going to be revised and answer the most common questions from our customers.
We will also share Azanti’s recent endorsements from specialist chefs, mixologists, athletes, media personalities, and leading industry experts. Together, we have built a community that truly supports integration, togetherness, and eliminates the negative stigmas that Muslims are often associated with.
This will bring assurance that everyone who consume, distribute, gifts our products can guarantee their chain from an Islamic perspective. This is Azanti’s true value business case, and we hope you are primary consumers choose Azanti based on this comprehensive due diligence as not many companies do this.
Azanti Wine recently received their Halal Certificate and confirmation from the London Central Mosque Trust & Islamic Cultural Centre for the Islamic Ruling on the Sale and Distribution of non-alcoholic drinks.
Follow us on social media using #AzantiUk or on our main website for regular updates, and tips on how you can enjoy our non-alcoholic wines and champagnes, as part of your halal lifestyle.