How to Find a Culinary School That Accommodates for Halal

I get this question so often and find myself answering the same thing over and over so I finally realized it was time to share with so many of you who are wondering “how in the world can I go to culinary school when everything in the classes touches, contains or deals with pork or alcohol in some way, shape or form?”.  Well, you don’t have to give up your dreams to study culinary arts- follow a few simple steps laid out in this video and I think you’ll be well on your way to navigating any culinary school and perhaps helping your institution and chef teachers better understand halal cooking and baking along the way, too. 

I hope you enjoy the video. Please share your comments below.

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  1. This is meant to be a private message, directed to the site author.

    Assalaam Alaikum,
    I was searching for halal culinary schools, when I came across your site. I saw the post about making existing nonMuslim culinary school route halal, and noted that you use music and vediography of people in your vedios.

    I should inform / remind you that the prophet of Allah, advised us against music. In fact, the companions of the prophet (e.g. Abu Bakr, and Ibn Abbas Radhiyallahu Anhum) used to call music the flute of Satan. There are various authentic ahadith mentioning this, as the explanation of the verse of the Quran where Allah said: ” And incite whoever you can among them with your voice and assault them with your horses and foot soldiers and become a partner in their wealth and their children and promise them. But Satan does not promise them except delusion.”

    The other issue is that of vediography/photography of living souls. The prophet of Allah, forbid us from making images of living souls (human/animal/etc) This is considered a major sin, and is classified in Kitab Attawhid (Sahih Bukhari , Muslim, etc)

    Examples: ” The most severely punished people on judgment day are the image makers.” Bukhari.
    ” If you must make an image, then let it be of trees and things with no soul”. Muslim

    The senior scholars of our era (Sheikh Bin Baz, Othaimin, Fawzan, Albani, Muqbil, etc) who have seen the introduction of the camera as a tool to make images of living souls, have said that photography/vediography of living things is included in the prohibition because the camera, like the pen, brush, is simply a tool.

    It is always best to take fiqh from the senior scholars, as the Sahabah (eg ibn Masud) said: “people are still upon good, as long as they take from their seniors and trusted ones. If they take from their minors and evil ones, they will be ruined.”

    If the result is an image of a living thing, then it is forbidden.

    And Allah knows best.

    1. The Prophet (saw) forbade images as related to shirk or idol Worship, not in general, as images have long been wrongly associated with God. Photography and video are only extensions of what the physical eye already can see of the physical world and capture into the memory of the brain. Shall we gauge out our own eyes as well then for the images they capture? Shall we break every mirror less we shirk ourselves? Shall we strike at every pool of water that creates an image? No, we shan’t.

      Your interpretatations of music is also devoid of the nuances which Islam and common sense can address.

      Those so-called senior scholars you have selectively chosen do not reflect the full spectrum of scholarship of Islam.
      Allah knows best who the rightly guided scholars are and those who are not.

      Asalaamo Alaykum

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