Assalaamu alaikum,

From all of us at IFANCA and Halal Consumer Magazine, we hope you enjoyed a peaceful and happy Ramadan. We would also like to wish our readers a blessed Eid. Eid Mubarak!

We have an exciting group of articles in this issue! The cover story examines the upcycled food trend, which provides a way to repurpose food scraps. To find out how you can keep food waste out of landfills, read the article on page 10.

While you may have heard of prebiotics and probiotics, how much do you know about postbiotics? They’re another trend gaining traction in the world of food and nutrition. If you’re not sure about the difference between the three “biotics,” the article on page 6 can help.

With the COVID-19 pandemic came renewed concerns about how to stay healthy and preserve our physical and mental wellbeing. The article “Boost Your Immune System” offers tips for helping your body ward off illness, while the piece “In Pursuit of Happiness Through Self-Care” shares tips for taking care of your mental health.

In addition, thanks to the pandemic, telemedicine has also become significantly more popular. Check out the article on page 26 to see if telemedicine appointments might be a good option for you in the future.

What comes to mind when you think about physical therapy? Though you may imagine sessions filled with stretching and light exercise, it goes deeper than that. Check out the article “Physical Therapy: I’ve Heard of That” to discover more about the topic.

Lastly, this issue spotlights the company Maya Cosmetics. Though it began with only six nail polish colors, Maya Cosmetics now sells 33 colors and 3 topcoats that are IFANCA halal certified. Check out page 34 to read more about their story.

As always, if you have any questions, we invite you to reach out to us via email at Otherwise, please check us out on Facebook and Twitter! We enjoy hearing from you.

Alison DeGuide, editor