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UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
UAE: Is Ramadan a month of fasting, or feasting?

Although there are no figures available for Dubai, the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi released figures in August 2010 showing that approximately 500 tonnes of food gets thrown away in the capital during Ramadan. An unholy amount of food gets wasted during Ramadan as hotels outdo each other in putting up huge iftar spreads comprising 40-50 dishes that leave patrons biting off more than they can chew.

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USA: American Muslims stand out as a multicultural market with significant opportunities

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
USA: American Muslims stand out as a multicultural market with significant opportunities

American Muslims are the most diverse religious group in America according to Magali Rheault, Senior Analyst, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. The American Muslim Consumer Conference (AMCC) promotes dialog and raises awareness of this multicultural niche where many mainstream companies are now seeing a growing opportunity.

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USA: Dow Jones Islamic Markets Indexes in July 2011: Islamic Finance and the debt discussion

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
USA: Dow Jones Islamic Markets Indexes in July 2011: Islamic Finance and the debt discussion

The DJIM U.S. Titans 50 Index, which measures the performance of 50 Islamic halal U.S. blue chips, closed down 1.04% for July, while the conventional bellwether, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, ended the month lower by 2.18%. Meanwhile, the flight of capital into “safe havens” such as gold and the Swiss franc intensified.

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Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: London’s historic connections to Islam

Professor Jack Lohman, director of the Museum of London, gave a talk on London’s historical connections to the Arab world. A good bulk of the talk, however, went into the history of the Muslim presence in this city. Today, at the beginning of Ramadan, it is great to see the vibrancy that that history has led to.

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Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

| 04/08/2011 | 3 Replies
Opinion: Can GM Foods Be ‘Halal’? Or Kosher?

Back in December 2010, a conference held in Penang, Malaysia with biotechnology experts and halal proponents ended with the conclusion that genetically modified food was halal ( ‘permissible’ for Muslims) as long as the sources from which they originate from are halal. This decision – which was accompanied by a fatwa declaring GM halal – came as a shock to some in the wider Muslim community who consider GM a deviation from god’s creation.

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Malaysia: Golden Churn butter confirmed to contain pig DNA

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Golden Churn butter confirmed to contain pig DNA

The Jakim halal certification logo on the Golden Churn Creamery Butter product will be withdrawn now that it has been confirmed to be non-halal. A test in June this year through the Chemistry Department found that the sample analysed contained pig DNA.

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Malaysia: Jakim must carry out thorough tests before rejecting applications

| 04/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Jakim must carry out thorough tests before rejecting applications

Halal food producers here have complained of high-handed tactics by the Islamic Development Malaysia Department (Jakim) in the issuance of halal certificates. Jakim had refused to issue them halal certificates after traces of pigs and dogs were detected in their products.

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Opinion: Halal slaughter: Islamic Method vs Western Method

| 03/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Halal slaughter: Islamic Method vs Western Method

The following comments from Dr Jawad Hidmi will support his scientific point on the topic of Islamic slaughter and will be based only on the scientific explanation and evidence, away from religion, belief and doctrine. Also away from politics.

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Opinion: Shariah compliant hotels

| 02/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Shariah compliant hotels

TODAY, we have fashion hotels, underwater hotels, ice hotels, seven star hotels, etc., and, for the devout, syariah-compliant hotels! In the last 15 years, I’ve travelled to more 35 countries and stayed in over 100 hotels, and most of today’s syariah-Shariah compliant (SC) hotel’s neither provide a religious experience nor value for money.

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Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

| 01/08/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic finance, Halal industry & Shariah-compliant hotels during Ramadhan

Ramadan is a period of introspection for Muslims and Islamic financial institutions to better observe Islamic teachings, appreciate our blessings and be moved to action by the burden of others.

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Malaysia: Malaysia A Global Resource Centre For Halal Industry – PM

| 01/08/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Malaysia A Global Resource Centre For Halal Industry – PM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said compared with other industries, the whole world turns its attention to Malaysia in the aspect development involving the halal industry due to the reputation and image that the country has gained as a pioneer in the industry.

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USA: HalalConnect magazine – 3rd Edition

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
USA: HalalConnect magazine – 3rd Edition

The American Halal Association has launched its 3rd edition of the HalalConnect magazine. Cover story ‘Time for Regulation’ – “With Halal Regulation, can America become a major market force?” Download PDF version here.

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Oman: A’Saffa Foods hosts visit by Arab Investment and Development Agricultural Authority

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Oman: A’Saffa Foods hosts visit by Arab Investment and Development Agricultural Authority

The President of the Arab Investment and Development Authority Mr. Ali Al Sharan visited the chicken farms of A’Saffa Foods at Thumrait in Southern Oman. Mr. Ali Al Sharan toured the company’s world class state of the art chicken producing facility that covers a 50-acre site and comprises nine separate farms.

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Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

| 31/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Halal food products: Lucrative business amid strong demand

The logistics of the Halal industry show a dynamic market in the Muslim world. Halal products’ rate of growth, undoubtedly, indicates areas creating opportunities for investment and food national security. Halal food products and their supporting service providers will have to work harder to ensure participants meet Halal requirements.

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Malaysia: Sufficient Supply Of Food, Chicken During Ramadan, Aidilfitri

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Malaysia: Sufficient Supply Of Food, Chicken During Ramadan, Aidilfitri

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar said a meeting held with the representatives of chicken breeders last Monday had convinced the ministry to increase the national chicken production by between 15 and 20 per cent.

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Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Canada: Where’s the beef… from?

We love our beef, we humans, so we share our planet with a heck of a lot of cattle. According to Gira, an international market research group, almost a billion beef cattle are being raised for dinner tables worldwide, about 12.3 million of them in Canada, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan. That’s about one head of beef for every three Canadians.

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Opinion: Ending cruelty against animals has its price

| 29/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Opinion: Ending cruelty against animals has its price

The ball is now in the hands of the Indonesian Meat Producers and Feedlot Association who will work together with government officials from both countries, as well as the Meat and Livestock Australia to ensure best practices in Indonesian slaughterhouses.

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Pakistan: Commerce minister imposes ban on export of meat, live stocks

| 29/07/2011 | 1 Reply
Pakistan: Commerce minister imposes ban on export of meat, live stocks

According to a statement issued by the Commerce Ministry, Makhdoom Amin Fahim has taken a serious notice of the price hike in meat and live animals and banned, for three months, the export of meat and livestock, keeping in view the Holy month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Azha.

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Philippines: Gov’t seeks Brunei help to develop halal industry

| 29/07/2011 | Reply
Philippines: Gov’t seeks Brunei help to develop halal industry

The national government is seeking the help of Brunei to help with their Halal certification needs, in order to penetrate the lucrative halal global market. Locally, however, there is already an existing government-owned halal laboratory that could address the certification need of the industry.

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Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

| 28/07/2011 | Reply
Opinion: The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

What’s the matter with kids today and why doesn’t anyone want them around? In June, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other major airlines to consider similar policies.

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