Frequently asked questions

Our team has visited over 15 US states, 7 countries, and 4 continents for the purpose of studying Halal organization models and regulatory practices being applied at every level of the supply chain. We’ve had the opportunity to learn from countless Halal experts, researchers, scholars, and inspection personnel on implementing Halal monitoring in the most optimal manner.

Due to confidentiality, we do not disclose internal discussions. Not every discussion leads to certification.

No. HFSAA has never removed a certificate from a restaurant due to non-payment. There is a fee for certification which is based on the real costs of inspections, contracts, and administrative expenses. For our restaurants & meat stores we charge $25/month. That’s less than $1/day!

Simply fill out an application online and a HFSAA representative will reach out to you. The process usually requires an initial meeting, inspection of the facility, product(s) research, and a final inspection.

Certification can be revoked if either the establishment decides to withdraw from the contract or if the establishment breaches the terms of the contract (ex: use of unauthorized products).

It depends on the type of certification, but sometimes less than two weeks. HFSAA understands that you may be pressed for time or require certification by a certain deadline. In these cases, we are pleased to pull out all the stops and provide expedited services to try and meet your deadline. In many cases we will be able to reduce the timeline by several days, while safeguarding and not compromising our standards, thus helping our clients on their path to success.

There is a small fee for certification which is based on the real costs of inspections, contracts, & administrative expenses. For our retail stores the cost is only $25/month! We are registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

No. There are varying standards of Halal and we are only able to comment on the status of our certified establishments. We do not have any oversight on other establishments and thus cannot comment on their status.

We are only able to comment on the Halal status of our certified establishments. We do not have any oversight on other establishments and thus cannot comment on their Halal status. Please take a look around our website for the most updated information on HFSAA Certified entities.

Absolutely. As a policy, HFSAA does not grant partial certification. You can rest assured that each food item (including non-meat items, condiments, sauces, drinks, etc…) in the restaurant has been vetted by our team to meet a high standard of Halal. Please Note: The menus available online may not be the most updated menu, even if they are directly from the Restaurant’s website. Any Haraam looking/sounding products have either been removed from the actual menu or replaced with a Halal alternative.

YES! Our website will have the most updated information, and is constantly updated as necessary.

Due to confidentiality, HFSAA does not disclose any details regarding the revocation of a certificate.

HFSAA certifies to those standards which are in accordance to the Qur’anic and Prophetic models. It is not built on any international standards or accreditation, many of which are still going through revisions. Our goal is to provide the best and most accepted standards of Halal quality for the American Muslim community. You can read more about our standards here: https://www.halaladvocates.org/hfsaa/

HFSAA is becoming known for its ‘no nonsense’ attitude when it comes to avoiding controversial and unconventional methods of Halal operations and protocol. By bypassing controversy through our universal standards, HFSAA allows your business to do what it does best: serve the Muslim consumer and maintain your business integrity – all while avoiding the problems of Halal gossip and doubt that all too often plague Muslim businesses. It’s time for accountability. As we have seen through our national research, those businesses and brands which bring doubtful and controversial protocols into their operations are frequently entangled with public relations crisis, and the subsequent financial losses and drops in demand. This is primarily due to the fact that as consumers are becoming more educated and concerned with Halal issues, both through our chapter-based programs and educational efforts throughout America, as well as a general trend toward being more conscientious about consumption, they are more prone to staying away from doubtful and controversial products and keen on following in the way of the prophetic model as idealized in the sunnah. HFSAA is a grassroots community-led initiative; it represents the desires of the generality of the Muslims as well as their scholarly tradition, and shuns the path of promoting itself as an industry-based organization only.