"Halal" search engine lets Muslims search "safe"

Wed 2 September 2009 16:00, Editors

"Halal" search engine lets Muslims search "safe"

Its the ramadan period right now, which means some Muslims are living under very strict rules. They cannot eat or drink when the sun is up for example. The strict Muslim world also can be seen on the web.

Sometimes on the web you can find stuff which is not in line with your faith. Thats why Muslims want things to be "Halal". The search engine ImHalal.com will help Muslims find "Halal" information on the web.

Wikipedia describes Halal, or "Haram" as "an Arabic term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law."


At ImHalal.com all search results are supposed to be "Halal". When the search engine finds information which is "of explicit nature" a negative search advice will be given. The search engine is an initiative of a Dutch company, AZS Media Group which focusses on concepts for different cultures.

The company already warns that the search engine might not be perfect: "Caution! The image search of imhalal.com is stil in it's early Beta(β) days and doesn't filter perfectly yet. We advise you to choose your search terms carefully."

On some searches you can indeed still find some non-Halal results, but on others you can really see it working. A search for "drinking alcohol" for example brings back a result which indicates we hit a "Haram level of 1 out of 3". If we do want to see the results its still possible however.

Next to the Halal-functions the search engines offers a couple of nice other features like the possibility to change the background and to make personal notes.

There's one thing which comes to mind when looking at this search engine. Suppose you want to know what you can and cannot do as a Muslim, do you want a search engine to tell you that?

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