The word Halal ( حلال ) comes originally from Arabic language meaning: allowable, acceptable, permitted, and/or permissible.” Normally, the concept of Halal refers to anything allowable to Muslims in line with the rules and regulations of Islamic Shariah.
Islam encourages travel and inspires Muslims to travel to every part of the earth to be educated, to seek a better life, to perform Islamic religious rituals such as Hajj or Umrah, to seek a cure from illness, tourism, and enjoyment, as well as many other reasons. Moreover, Islam is constructed on five central pillars, and one of them is to perform Hajj by any Muslim who can afford this physically and financially.
However, Muslims not only travel to conduct Islamic rituals, but they can travel for many other reasons. As such, the concept of Halal travel is not only centered on travel activities undertaken by Muslims, as it has a much broader scope. Rather, it’s best understood as leisure and holiday activities that keep travelers and holidaymakers within the same frame of Islamic values by staying within a cultural context which is recognizably Muslim. It provides access to prayer rooms, offers activities that are exempt from gambling and drinking and, yes, provides a range of halal-friendly restaurants and dining options.
Halal travel in its simplest form refers to travel (or tourism) activities that are conducted in complete compliance with the rules of Islamic Shariah.