Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited. While the term is used in relation to many aspects of life, when specifically used in relationship to food, halal refers to any food product that is not prohibited. In reference to meat products, halal means that the animal was slaughtered according to Islamic guidelines, which include reciting God’s name over the animal before slaughter, and draining all the blood from the animal. This practice is similar to the guidelines set by Jewish law that classify meat prepared in this manner as ‘Kosher’. It is common to find halal butcher shops or restaurants in most major cities in the UK.
MAB is playing a big role in the English society, politically and socially. MAB is a voice for many British Muslims. It was one of the organisations who got 2 million people onto the streets in London to protest against the Iraq war. MAB also worked hard to make the Finsbury park mosque to be a community centre and it is now a role model to many mosques in the country. MAB helped young men and women to be a part of the society and getting leadership role in youths activities such as REVIVE programme. MAB is playing a critical role in general for British Muslims and helping them to be role models for a good British Muslim.