Category: Shariah Issues

Islam and Fairtrade

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Islam and Fairtrade

Although this report by Islamic Relief was written in 2008, it is worth re-reading. The Islamic perspectives on fair trade and sustainability, price control and market manipulation are comprehensive, and will no doubt become a part of the Halal market conversation in the near future.

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Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

| 24/04/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Shoura Council approves draft food system

The council approved the scheme comprising 46 articles which included the definition of food, food additives, its safety, hygienic practices, food handling, set standards for food, environmental and health requirements and packaging.

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UK: Worldwide Halal certification standard created

| 17/04/2012 | Reply
UK: Worldwide Halal certification standard created

An eminent group of UK Halal scholars have created a new Shariah-compliant halal certification scheme for the food industry, which they hope will be adopted as a worldwide standard.

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Indonesia: PKS Rejects MUI’s Involvement in Halal Certification

| 16/04/2012 | 2 Replies
Indonesia: PKS Rejects MUI’s Involvement in Halal Certification

The Prosperous Justice Party politician Ledia Hanifa said it was not appropriate for a Halal product regulators to be involved in the certification process.

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UK: New Modern Halal Certification Scheme Launches

| 13/04/2012 | 1 Reply
UK: New Modern Halal Certification Scheme Launches

Cert ID Europe has joined forces with the Hijaz Group to form the Halal Authority Board (HAB), which will offer a new worldwide benchmark for Halal certification for the food industry.

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Malaysia: Many still confused on accepted alcohol content in food

| 28/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Many still confused on accepted alcohol content in food

Due to the mass misunderstanding among consumers about the content of alcohol in food, the Malaysian Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Affairs made a revision. The alcohol content should not exceed 0.01%.

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Malaysia: MACS Becomes The First GLC To Receive Sirims QMS From Islamic Perspective

| 26/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: MACS Becomes The First GLC To Receive Sirims QMS From Islamic Perspective

Malaysia Airport Consultancy Service (MACS), a Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad subsidiary, has become the first government-linked company (GLC) to receive the MS1900:2005 certified by QAS International based on Quality Management System from the Islamic Perspective.

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Malaysia: Halal Scientific Programme

| 06/03/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Halal Scientific Programme

Malaysian Academy of SME of Enterpreneurship Development (“MASMED”)-UiTM in collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Corp Sdn. Bhd (“Biotechcorp”) and TPM Biotech Sdn Bhd (“TPMB”) will be conducting a human capital programme known as Certified Halal Scientific Executive.

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Saudi Arabia: Scientists, scholars to redefine Halal

| 14/02/2012 | Reply
Saudi Arabia: Scientists, scholars to redefine Halal

The main sessions will focus on genetically modified food, lawfulness of food additives, analysis methods of halal food, control of halal food, its standards, certification and countries’ experiences in halal food control.

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Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

| 19/10/2011 | 1 Reply
Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?

The recent decision by Saudi King Abdullah to allow women to run and vote in municipal elections and become members of the Shura Council, a parliament that acts as an advisory council to the King but has no legislative powers, has huge implications for the status of women in Saudi Arabia.

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UAE: “Halal market witnessing significant growth worldwide

| 03/09/2011 | Reply
UAE: “Halal market witnessing significant growth worldwide

Al Islami, Chief Executive Deputy, Hamid Badawi, stressed on the importance of creating global standards for the “Halal” industry as a step towards transforming it to a global economic power. He said that “creating legislation to regulate the global “Halal” industry is one of the most prominent factors that enhance the performance of this growing sector worldwide”.

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Kuwait: Resolutions from the ‘First Gulf Conference on Halal and its Services’

| 03/02/2011 | Reply
Kuwait: Resolutions from the ‘First Gulf Conference on Halal and its Services’

Under the patronage of His Excellency Chancellor Rashed Abdul Mohsen Al-Hammad, Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs, and Minister of Justice, the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the First Gulf Conference on Halal and its Services was held from 20-22 Safar 1432 AH corresponding to 24 to 26 January 2011, in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Salmiya, Kuwait.

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Opinion: When Haram Can Become Halal – Part II

| 28/12/2010 | 1 Reply
Opinion: When Haram Can Become Halal – Part II

The second Islamic legal principle that complements my deliberation on istihalah last week is istihlak, or ‘extreme dilution’. Readers must be careful here so as not to confuse the two.

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EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: European Council agrees on new labeling rules for food

The version of the regulation that the Council has sent back to the European Parliament for their consideration does not include Amendment 205 the clause which would have required that all meat and meat products slaughtered by the shechita/Halal method be pejoratively labeled.

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EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

| 07/12/2010 | Reply
EU: Clerics call for religious freedom in Europe

Fifty clerics from Austria, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States petitioned Van Rompuy to protect their freedom of religion at a time when some right-populist parties are calling for bans to certain non-Christian religious practices, including circumcision for minors and kosher and halal butchering of meat.

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KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

| 18/04/2010 | 2 Replies
KFC’s UK ‘Halal Trial’ put on trial…and found guilty

by Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus In the UK, KFC’s now infamous ‘Halal Trial’ has taken a turn that may well prove to be a pivotal one in the shift of Halal into the mainstream. In any event, it has uncovered a series of misconceptions that can now be seen in a better light. KFC’s 80-plus […]

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Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

| 20/11/2008 | Reply
Zahid Supports Effort To End Conflicts Between Syariah And Civil Laws

The Halal Industry Development Corporation will assist the Halal Product Research Institute of Universiti Putra
Malaysia in marketing its research findings internationally.

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Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

| 14/08/2008 | Reply
Brunei Halal Product Academy In Pipeline

Brunei’s 3rd International Halal Market Conference on 16-17 August will discuss the formation of a Halal Product Academy under the patronage of the Brunei Government. Such an institution will bring together Shariah scholars, scientists and Halal industry experts to collaborate on current and future issues in the Halal industry. Imarat Consultants MD, Abdalhamid Evans, was interviewed in Brunei recently about the IHMC and Brunei future in the Halal sector.

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Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

| 27/06/2008 | Reply
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning ‘halal’

The issue of cloning certainly goes well beyond whether or not an animal is stunned before Halal slaughter and the method used in the slaughtering of it. This also comes under the category of ‘ethical’ which is also now a much broader issue with the production of food today. As this question becomes better researched from a Halal perspective perhaps the wisdom of the Islamic shariah will bring clarity on this for everyone questioning whether it is ethical to produce cloned animals for human consumption. Perhaps this is an issue to be addressed to the Shariah scholars and scientists at the upcoming International Halal Market Conference being held on the 16-17 August in Brunei Darussalam.

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Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

| 23/02/2008 | Reply
Alcoholic Crisps Irk UK Muslims

British Muslims have reacted with anger to know that certain
types of crisps produced by a major snack food manufacturer contain
traces of alcohol, hitting out at the producer for disregarding Muslim
religious sensibilities.

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