As an American Muslim who received his pharmacy training in the United States, I grew accustomed to checking the labels of all medications to make sure they didn’t contain any non-halal ingredients. I knew from experience that many pharmaceutical preparations contained alcohol or other ingredients derived from a porcine source (pigs).
When I moved to the Middle East and started practicing pharmacy there a few years ago, I thought I would never have to worry about that again. I was shocked to learn that the same problem persists in Muslim countries as well. Shortly after I moved there, I bought a bottle vitamin D liquid, only to find out that 65% of the content was pure ethanol alcohol. I also learned that the most popular multivitamin brand in that country contained gelatin extracted from pigs.
THE URGENT NEED FOR HALAL PHARMACEUTICALS
In Muslim countries, all food items must be certified halal before it can be permitted into the country. The assumption everyone makes is that medications follow the same rule. It turned out that this is not always the case. Pharmacy shelves in all the Muslim countries I have visited are stacked with imported medications that contain alcohol and capsules made from gelatin derived from pigs. It quickly became very evident to me that this is a significant problem that requires tremendous efforts to fix it.
THE CREATION OF HALAL LIVING SPC
The first step I took towards addressing this problem was starting Halal Living SPC, with the sole mission of empowering you to embrace halal living as a complete way of life while striking a balance between nourishing your body and purifying your soul.
In order to achieve this mission, our team set out to create halal-certified products in order to increase awareness and to fulfill those unmet needs. Given my area of expertise, we decided to start with a line of vitamins and dietary supplements. We chose a great manufacturer in Canada that can make high quality vitamins and dietary supplements, which can also be certified halal by a reputable halal-certifying authority.
THE HALAL AND WHOLESOME COLLECTION
This is the story which lead to the creation of the Halal and Wholesome collection, a line of high-quality vitamins and dietary supplements, which is manufactured in Canada and certified halal by the Halal Advisory Group in Canada. Please visit our Halal and Wholesome collection page to learn more.
A COMPLETE WAY OF LIFE
For me, embracing halal living as a complete way of life means that as Muslims, we should all strive to do everything in a halal way that is pleasing to Allah. This includes doing our best to promote sustainability and to protect the environment. It also includes giving back to those in need as a token of appreciation for everything Allah has blessed us with. I would like to invite you to join the growing community of Muslim brothers and sisters who strive to embrace this complete way of life.
Dr. Ahmed Zikri
Founder and CEO
Halal Living SPC
Our mission is to empower you to embrace halal living as a complete way of life while striking a balance between nourishing your body and purifying your soul.
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