Halalan Toyyiban merely means allowed and permissible for consumption with relation to Syariah law as long as they are safe and not harmful. The Opposite of Halal is Haram or non-Halal means forbidden and prohibited. Any food or drink which lies within the grey area and does not fall clearly under the Halal and non-Halal category is classified as ‘Syubhah’, alternatively called questionable or dubious. It is reported by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Daud, Ibn Majah and Darimi that is what is Halal is clear and what is Haram is also clear and in between those two is a dubious area in which many people do not know about it. It is obligatory for Muslims to consume halal food and use halal products solely because they do not eat and use consumer goods for the sake of pleasure only but also performing their duties, responsibilities and mission in this world.
Halal is not merely a way of life, it is a global industry. With a stake in commercial sectors worldwide, Halal Development has become significant contributor to all facets of economic growth. Halal Industry Development Corporation coordinates the overall development of the Halal industry in Malaysia which focusing on development of Halal Standards, audit and certification, plus capacity building for Halal products and services, HDC promotes participant and facilitates growth of Malaysian companies in the global Halal market. Malaysia has been a pioneer in the development of Halal standards and to date the published Malaysia Standards on Halal. Intent on building a global Halal community, HDC brings the Malaysian Halal Industry in accordance toward a common goal. By nurturing growth and participant of local businesses into the global Halal market, HDC sets the bar for Halal best practices in Malaysia to enrich the development of Halal standards globally.
Malaysia is the only country in the world whereby the government provides full support in promoting the Halal certification process on products and services. Halal certification provides assurance to all Muslim consumers because it fulfils the Syariah law, which is a must for Muslim. HDC offers halal-oriented custom training modules, certification guidelines, and technical advisory services for anyone who seeks to better understand what halal is all about. This programmes touch on syariah laws, certification processes, consumerism and food safety and are in accordance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (HACCP), ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Good Manufacturing Practices and other related management system. Through Halal training programmes, HDC aim to promote further knowledge and increase human development on all Halal matters.