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European Halal Trust was born from the desire to search for our clients the best producers for their halal products.

EHT was established in 2013, because we want to bring awerness in the Muslim comunity about what halal products really means. We are guided by the criterion that no animal should suffer when it is slaughtered. Is not permisible stunning before and after slaughtering, for us this is haram.

We have offices in 4 locations, the head office in Romania and 3 branchs offices in France , Poland and Germany with plans for expanding.

We, at European Halal Trust have always been very particular about the products we are certifying, hence our standards have met the requirements of all school of thought.  Our criteria for Halal have always been the same for the past 18 years and at no point we can compromise on them.

European Halal Trust - The Founder

EHT Founder

One of the pioneers in Europe, in the non-stun control and certification neither before nor after the slaughtering...

Why European Halal Trust

Why EHT?

We assist our clients in finding the best producers for their products. In many cases, we are involved in the preparation of new projects.

What Halal Means

What Halal Means?

Halal means that is permissible. The food is considered halal unless it is especially prohibited by the Quran or the Hadith..

Sheikh Mohamed BENKHELIFA was, along with HMC, one of the pioneers in Europe, in the non-stun control and certification neither before nor after the slaughtering.

Concerned about the acceptance of the invocations of members of the community of our beloved Prophet Mohammad SAW, Sheikh Mohamed Benkhelifa took an interest in the issue of halal in the early 2000s. So he founded and headed the English organization HMC in 2003.

Very quickly, this organization became the benchmark for halal without electronarcosis in England, with more than 220 inspectors and 830 HMC certified butchers and restaurants.

Sheikh Mohamed BENKHELIFA was, along with HMC, one of the pioneers in Europe, in the non-stun control and certification neither before nor after the slaughtering.

He was the first to have certified HMC poultry without stunning in Poland in 2004.

EHT - European Halal Trust - The Founder - Sheikh Mohamed Benkhelifa

Mohamed BENKHELIFA
The Founder (European Halal Trust)

EHT - European Halal Trust - The Team

 

The creation of EHT came from a request from French distributors wishing to work with more transparency regarding the halal traceability of their products.

“After many years of experience, Sheikh Mohamed Benkhelifa has therefore responded to these distributors by setting up strict control of halal slaughtering without stunning and without electronarcosis in the heart of countries such as Romania or Poland, the 2 main sources in quality halal products. EHT has over time become a control body only.”

EHT’s team is currently made up of more than 30 people present at the various production sites and slaughterhouses to ensure physical trace ability throughout the Halal process, from slaughtering to packaging.

Sheikh Mohamed Benkhelifa initiated and trained in 2005 the founders of:

  • Halal Reunion
  • Halal Monitoring Authority in Canada
  • Halal Sri Lanka with Mufti Rizwi, the president of the organization of theologians of Sri Lanka

Sheikh Mohamed Benkhelifa not only always put forward the prophetic method of slaughter without stunning, but he has been defending it tooth and nail since 2003.

Indeed, all the seminars on Halal in which he took part all over the world such as in Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, South Africa and England, he outlined the benefits of the non-stun Halal.

With European Halal Trust, Halal is a noble cause!

Why EHT?

Our Inspectors follow the whole halal process from the slaughtering until the packaging in accordance with the highest Halal certification standards.

Our company was established in 2013 and thanks to our experience and our vision we can offer our clients the best halal control services. 

We are guided by the criterion that no animal should suffer when it is slaughtered. Is not permissible stunning before and after slaughtering, for us this is haram.

We have offices in 3 locations, the head office in Romania and 3 branch office in Poland, France and Germany with plans for expanding.

We, at European Halal Trust have always been very particular about the products we are certifying, hence our standards have met the requirements of all school of thought.  Our criteria for Halal have always been the same for the past 18 years and at no point we can compromise on them.

EHT - European Halal Trust - The Team
EHT - European Halal Trust - Why Halal

What Halal means?

Halal means that is permissible, or lawful. In general every food is considered halal unless it is specially prohibited by the Qur’an or the Hadith. Halal foods are those that are:
  • HALAL: This is an Arabic term which means permissible or lawful in Islam. In reference to food, it is the Islamic dietary standard, as prescribed in the Shari’ah (Islamic Law).

  • HARAM: This is another Arabic term which means impermissible or unlawful in Islam.

  • Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Halal is clear and the Haram (unlawful) is clear. Between the two there are doubtful matters concerning which people do not know. One who avoids them in order to safeguard his deen (religion) and his honour are safe, while if some one indulges in it, he may be indulging in the unlawful……” (Bukhari)

    General Qur’anic guidance dictates that all foods are Halal except those that are specifically mentioned as Haram (unlawful or prohibited). The Glorious Qur’an reads:

    “O ye who believes! Eat of the good things wherewith we have provided you, and render thanks to Allah, if it is He whom ye worship. (chapter II, Verse 172)”

The unlawful foods are specifically mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an, in the following verses:

“He hath forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that on which hath been invoked any other name besides Allah’s……..” (Chapter II, Verse 173)

“Forbidden unto you (for food) are: carrion and blood and swine flesh, and that on which hath been invoked the name other than Allah, and the strangled, and the dead through beating, and the dead through falling from a height, and that which hath been gored to death, and the devoured of wild beasts, saving that which ye make lawful (by slaughter) and that which hath been immolated to idols and that ye swear by the divining arrows. This is an abomination….” (Chapter V, Verse 3). 

Consumption of alcohol and other intoxicants is prohibited according to the following guidance:

“O ye who believe! Intoxicants and games of chance, and idols and divining arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. Leave it aside in order that ye may succeed.” (Chapter V, Verse 9)

Meat is the most strictly regulated of the food groups. Not only are blood, pork, and the meat of dead animals or those immolated to other than Allah strongly prohibited, it is also required that the Halal animals be slaughtered while pronouncing the name of Allah at the time of slaughter.

EHT - European Halal Trust - Why Halal
EHT - European Halal Trust - Why Halal

“Eat of that over which the name of Allah hath been mentioned, if ye are believers in his revelations”
(Chapter VI, Verse 118)

“And eat not of that whereon Allah’s name hath not been mentioned, for lo! It is abomination. Lo! The devils do inspire their friends to contend with you. But if ye obey them, ye will be in truth idolaters”. (Chapter VI, Verse 121)

Attempts have been made to explain or justify some of the prohibitions based on scientific reasoning as follows:

  • Carrion and dead animals are unfit for human consumption because the decaying process leads to the formation of chemicals which are harmful to humans
  • Blood that is drained from the body contains harmful bacteria, products of metabolism, and toxins
  • Swine serves as a vector for pathogenic worms to enter the human body. Infections by Trchinella spiralis and taenia solium are not uncommon. Fatty acids, composition of pork fat have been mentioned as incompatible with human fat and biochemical systems
  • Intoxicants are considered harmful for the nervous system, affecting the census and human judgement leading to social and family problems and in many cases even death.
  • Although these explanations are sound, the underlying principle behind the prohibitions remains the above mentioned Divine orders.
Accordingly, Muslims permit all foods, pure and clean for consumption. Islamic Jurisprudence has derived certain principles from the Ahadeeth to determine whether a particular animal or bird is lawful or unlawful.

Halal Animals

The following animals are fit for Muslim consumption:

  • All domestic birds
  • All cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Camels
  • All types of buck
  • Rabbits
  • Fish
  • Locusts
EHT - European Halal Trust - Why Halal
EHT - European Halal Trust - Haram Meat

Haram Animals

The consumption of the following animals is against the dietary laws of Islam. Likewise any ingredient or product derived from them or contaminated with them is also prohibited for a Muslim to consume:

  • Meat of swine (pig) including all it’s by products
  • Meat of an animal that was not blessed with the name of Allah at the time of slaughter
  • Meat of dead animals (carrion)
  • Meat of animals that were strangled to death
  • Meat of animals that were beaten to death
  • Meat of animals that died due to falling from a height
  • Meat of animals that were gored to death by a horn
  • Meat of animals that were devoured by wild beasts
  • Animals killed in a manner which prevents their blood from being fully drained from their bodies;
  • Carnivorous animals with fangs, e.g. lions, dogs, wolves, tigers, etc…
  • Birds of prey e.g. falcons, eagles, owls, vultures, etc
  • Reptiles, snakes, crocodiles
  • Mules and Asses
  • Pests’ e.g. rats and scorpions
  • Insects excluding locusts

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