FAQ
  1. How can I help STLHalal?
  2. Do we really need Certification?
  3. What is the legal status of STLHalal?
  4. How does STLHalal monitor the Certified Establishments?
  5. What about restaurants/stores that are not certified by STLHalal?
  6. What is Halal Food Standards Alliance of America?
  7. If the Halal Seal is present at an Establishment, are all products Halal?
  8. Who supports STLHalal?
  9. Can STLHalal revoke Certification from an Establishment?
  10. Is there any chance of such stores being re-certified by STLHalal in the future?

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How can I help STLHalal?

STLHalal is a community effort, and hence requires communal effort. Every one's support is needed in:

  • Raising awareness of STLHalal by mentioning it to other Muslim consumers, businesses, and community leaders.
  • Encouraging vendors to seek Certification by asking them if they are Certified by STLHalal.
  • Assisting financially by writing a check to STLHalal mailed to:
    P.O. Box 8194
    Saint Louis, MO 63156
  • Donating online via Paypal
  • Joining Our Team. Click here for details.
Do we really need Certification?

Yes, unfortunately given the lack of education, many products are sold claiming to be Halal while they are of dubious origin at best. This has created countless controversies over a matter that Islam considers black and white. Furthermore, this issue has had detrimental effects on the Muslim ummah in Saint Louis. The problem stems from not only misinformation on the side of vendors, but also a lack of education of the public. Although so many products are self-proclaimed “Halal,” very few fit the commandments of true Halal that are established in the Quran and Sunnah. Given the great importance Islam has placed on halal consumption, and the negative impact of consuming haram, a solution beyond self-labelling is desperately needed.

Given this context, an independent, not-for-profit organization is the only solution to address this issue. STLHalal was founded to fulfill this role.

What is the legal status of STLHalal?

STLHalal is a 501(c)(3)-pending, legally registered not-for-profit organization in the State of Missouri.

How does STLHalal monitor the Certified Establishments?

Establishments are monitored through the following efforts:

  • Random on-site inspections of inventory & invoices.
  • Comparison between between suppliers/vendors/restaurants invoices and exchanges.
  • Random monitoring during slaughtering.
What about restaurants/stores that are not certified by STLHalal?

STLHalal makes no comment in regards to establishments not certified by STLHalal as their products are not monitored by us. STLHalal can only vouch for the Halal Businesses certified by STLHalal.

What is Halal Food Standards Alliance of America?

Established in 2008, the Halal Advocates emerged out of the concern of a few individuals for the state of Halal in America and its implications to the Muslim community in America.

Spanning the nation, from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast, California to the Midwest, the Halal Advocates of America seek to play a positive and unique role in the advancement of the Halal brand in America through various channels. While already having begun to provide assurance to the US Muslim consumer about the integrity of Halal through education and awareness campaigns, the Halal Advocates also seek to create transparent alliances and ties with the growing number of Halal organizations and businesses in America.

If the Halal Seal is present at an Establishment, are all products Halal?

At Certified Restaurants, all meat products are Halal. At Certified butcher shops and grocery stores, our Seal only certifies the fresh meat. Frozen meat products from national brands (Midamar, Al-Suffa, Crescent Chicken, etc.) are not Certified.

Who supports STLHalal?

STLHalal carries the support of the local Imams and community members. Additionally, we have the support of the national organization, Halal Food Standards Alliance of America. For more information, please visit our Letters of Support.

Can STLHalal revoke Certification from an Establishment?

STLHalal reserves the right to revoke Certification if the Establishment is found to have violated its terms of contract. In this event, the revocation will be mentioned on our website.

Is there any chance of such stores being re-certified by STLHalal in the future?

Yes, upon meeting the requirements stated in the agreement which also includes getting rid of non certified products and allowing further monitoring and inspections for a period of 2-4 weeks without certification. However, the general public is advised to look out for the Halal Seal on display for a source of assurance.