Are You Eating Halal Chocolates? Check Again!
‘Chocolates’!….Isn’t the word itself enough to make your mouth water?
I know that many of you are not like me but I am sure that there are a lot of you out there who go crazy at the sight and smell of chocolates….
Well you can’t really blame us; the world of chocolates is a vast and precious one and one can’t help being addicted to it.
Now, living in Pakistan, every other average person has access to this tasteful choco-world but this is where the problem arises. As far as the local chocolates are concerned, it could be alright but normally we, Pakistanis, tend to buy imported chocolates, be it for our own selves or for our relatives.This may be our complex, preference or simply taste. There is nothing wrong in the phenomenon (I, myself, am an imported chocolate lover) but the thing is: due to our usual careless attitude, we normally don’t bother to check if they are halal or not. The general attitude is پاکستان سے لی ھے حلال ھی ھو گی۔۔۔۔۔ . What do you mean by حلال ھی ھو گی?
Okay, still I agree that you are not to blame…..this is a general attitude among us and a matter upon which we usually do not bother to ponder. I, personally, was a part of this group. In fact, I never even bothered to think about it…..but All Praise is to Allah Who made me realize the seriousness of the matter a few years ago.
Initially, I had to go through a lot of trouble in school when I tried to press my friends to check imported products before consumption. Nobody listened to me and I only became a target of mockery. However, as the time went by, I slowly learned how to tackle such situations and Alhamdulillah, all my friends check their food now.
Fine; I know there are a lot of authenticity problems on the internet and one often goes crazy trying to postmortem a particular product….but now I’ve found a solution to that problem as well….I have discovered that most foreign companies are easy to reach through email or contact forms (easily available online) and normally they give you a response within few days.
By the way, I would like warn you further; this issue is not only restricted to chocolates but being Muslims we must check all our food. As Allah says in the Quran:‘O you People!Eat of what is on earth ,halal and pure ,and do not follow the footsteps of satan, indeed for he is to you an open enemy’(2:168)
To make things easy for you guys, I have decided to share a few emails I have received from different companies, so you don’t have to go through the trouble of contacting them.
Thus it shows that you need to check the “make” of Hershey’s products. If they are made in China or Malaysia, only then they are halal.
Then someone gifted me Hershey’s Miniatures. I sent message to the company through facebook. Here is the screenshot of their response
2. Lindt Chocolate
Lindt says that the all the DARK chocolates distributed in Pakistan are Halal. There is Arabic description at the back of chocolates which are imported via Middle East.
3. Mars Company
Luckily all the chocolates manufactured by Mars Company are halal, that means, Mars, Bounty, Snickers, etc are halal.
Further there is also authentic information for all Nutella lovers. Nutella made by Turkey (the bigger jar) is fine to eat.
Red colored M&Ms should be avoided as it has keratin, which is not halal. All Nestle products manufactured in UAE are halal.
Keep in mind, ‘you are what you eat’ and I assure you that if you control yourself for Allah you’ll never regret it for ‘Indeed Allah is with those who do sabr’.
Also Read Sugar Intake & its affects
‘So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah has provided for you.And be grateful for the Graces of Allah, if it is He whom you worship” (16:114)
Why not be the first ones to take this step and earn the pleasure of Allah! I sincerely request you start doing it for I assure you; this will not only benefit you in Akhirah but also in dunya (personal experience!)