A halal premise is a location such as a restaurant, cafe, food factory, or any other establishment certified by a recognised Islamic body for complying with Islamic dietary laws. These laws specify what food and drinks are permissible (halal) and what is forbidden (haram) for Muslims.
The certification process often involves thoroughly inspecting the premise, including its food preparation methods, ingredients, cleanliness, and hygiene standards. It may also involve verifying that the premise does not serve or sell any products containing alcohol or pork, as these are forbidden in Islam.
In Malaysia, the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) is responsible for issuing halal certificates. It is similar to halal establishments in Singapore, which are under the custodian of MUIS.
In other countries, other recognised Islamic bodies may issue such certificates.
Therefore, a halal premise is a place where Muslims can eat, drink, or purchase products with the assurance that they comply with their religious dietary laws.
A list of premises in Malaysia that has been checked on the Halal Malaysia Directory includes: