PETALING JAYA: Whether food is halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden) depends on its content, and not its name, said Dr Asri Zainul Abidin.
The Perlis mufti said that the Mata Kucing fruit (literally means cats eyes) is halal although it is haram to eat the eyes of a cat.
He also gave the examples of tahi itik (duck faeces) and kodok (frog).
Both he said are haram to be eaten if their literal meanings are taken, but as names of kuih (local delicacies) – kuih tahi itik in Kelantan and cucur kodok – they are halal.
“We are of course asked to give good names to people, children and others. This should also apply to name of products.
“However, if the name is already used and we did not choose it, the food is not haram because of its name,” Dr Asri said in a Facebook post on Wednesday night.
Jakim had recommended that pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne’s change the name of its “Pretzel Dog” to “Pretzel Sausage” in order to receive a halal certification.
On Wednesday, Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the issue was “ridiculous”.
“My Muslim-ness is not at all affected by eating a hot dog. I think I want to eat a hotdog now. There is no need for this. It’s a stupid issue,” he said.