RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Halal is an Arabic word that means lawful, allowed. More than that, it is a concept that permeates the food and the use of cosmetics and pharmaceutical products by Muslims worldwide. Under Sharia, the Islamic code of laws, followers of Mohammed's faith can only consume products that fall into this category because God would permit them.
In Judaism, there is a similar category: kosher. One example is the prohibition of eating pork, ethyl alcohol, blood, and long-fanged animals, which are considered haram, in other words, not allowed. In a halal ritual, beef, chicken, goat . . .