Himalaya’s Halal Certification is circulated with misleading claims again!

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Thank you Himalaya for declaring your commitment to HALAL. We know what to do

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Explanation

In the shared infographic image, we see a photo framed in the name of the company Himalaya. The photo has a heading called Halal policy. Under this, they have mentioned, “to fulfill the obligation for Muslims to consume Halal products, our products will comply with Islamic Law/Shariah and be free from any forbidden ingredients under Islamic law.” Additionally, it is stated that to obtain such a certification, an internal halal management team will be established. This post is shared by some users with a claim stating, “Thank you Himalaya for declaring your commitment to HALAL. We know what to do.”

Some users even added that “Himalaya was founded by Muhammad Manal in 1930 and is still a family-run business. So what do you all expect? The company to produce Satvic Ayurvedic products? Just as the Jewish people require kosher products, and the Muslims require halal certification and all products. We Hindus must ensure that the products we consume are Satvik and From Dharmic sources.” You can view related posts with similar claims here and here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with the relevant keyword search on Google which led us to the 2022 statement released by the company Himalaya on its X page.

The company has, nevertheless, addressed the accusations made against it. The press release stated, “The certification does not imply that a product contains animal-derived ingredients.”

The statement further said, “Himalaya Wellness Company is exporting its products to over 100 countries. For the acceptability of the products in the importing country, the company and its products will have to comply with the importing countries’ laws and regulations. In certain countries, halal certification is mandatory. Hence the halal certification is obtained as per the respective regulations for such countries only.”

The company went on to add, “We wish to clarify and confirm that none of the Himalaya products contains meat, as alleged in some of the social media platforms; this is factually incorrect.”

When we searched further, we got a statement released by the LiveLaw. According to the LiveLaw. in the court said, “The concept of halal only says that certain things are prohibited; all other things are halal. This certification only says that those prohibited materials are not included in a particular product.”

What is Halal?

Halal, an Arabic term, means ‘permissible’, as opposed to notions of haram (prohibited) in Islam. A halal certificate means the product is fit to be consumed by followers of the faith.

Though it may appear that the term only refers to food or dietary products, Muslims are expected to live their lives following the halal concept. It goes beyond food and implies lawfulness, tidiness, integrity, and self-control. For Muslims who follow the Islamic faith, this means that everything from relationships to the source of income is governed by halal.

Major corporations are obligated to adhere to the laws and regulations of the nations they import goods into, as they export goods to hundreds of countries worldwide.

The statement that Himalaya released in response to the deceptive campaign against its products makes this very evident. This clarifies that the Halal certified products are not anti-Hindu, it is just that the products do not have prohibited items included in it.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the infographic poster under the name of Himalaya about the Halal policy is circulated with misleading claims by social media users.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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