Halal – What is Ostelin Vitamin D made of?

Halal is a Quranic word meaning lawful or permitted. In reference to food, it is the dietary standard, as prescribed in the Quran the Muslim scripture. General Quranic guidance dictates that all foods are Halal except those that are specifically mentioned as Haram (unlawful or Prohibited). The life of a Muslim revolves around the concept of Halal. A Muslim must earn income from Halal sources, be involved only in Halal transactions and consume Halal food and drink.Meat is the only regulated food group and is Halal unless it is blood, pork, or the meat of an already dead animal that has died either naturally, strangled, gored or is carrion. Meat that has been 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. Alcohol is considered Haram (prohibited).

Our Ostelin products have been assessed by the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils as being Halal. All of the ingredients used in both the capsule and the tablet, except the gelatin, are not derived from the death of an animal nor does it contain any alcohol and is therefore Halal. The Vitamin D is derived from sheep’s wool which does not involve the sheep being killed and is therefore Halal. The gelatin in the soft gel capsule is Halal certified gelatin. I.e. the cows killed to manufacture the gelatin were slaughtered according to Islamic rites and manufactured without alcohol in Halal certified premises. The rituals specify that the act of killing an animal for consumption must be performed by a mentally sound Muslim, to sever the blood and respiratory channels of the animal, using a sharp cutting tool such as knife. The manufacture of both the capsules and the tablets must ensure the Halal ingredients must not be mixed, or come into contact with haram (prohibited) materials such as products from pig or dog during storage,transport, cooking, serving etc.

More information is available at the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils website.