Category: Opinion

Opinion: Abandoning hurdles in the race for Halal Branding

| 06/02/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Abandoning hurdles in the race for Halal Branding

Many discussions and practices talk of halal as being a brand – it’s not! Also, what is halal branding – does that mean branding in a halal way, or a brand which identifies a product or service as comprising of halal components? Halal is a descriptor and therefore can be termed an Ingredient Brand, but on it’s own it definitely isn’t a brand.

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Rushdi Siddiqui – A Pioneer in Islamic Finance’s Global Prominence

| 03/02/2011 | Reply
Rushdi Siddiqui – A Pioneer in Islamic Finance’s Global Prominence

Rushdi Siddiqui will be speaking at the 6th World Halal Forum in Kuala Lumpur on 4-5 April 2011 on ‘The Tipping Point for Halal and Islamic Finance’.

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Opinion: Islam and Fair Trade

| 01/02/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Islam and Fair Trade

By Suzan El-Ajou | first published on suhaibwebb.com December 31, 2010 1:59 am What are the congruencies between Islamic business ethics and the Fair Trade principles? With one-fifth of the world’s total population identifying themselves as Muslim1, and with the consideration that they are active participants in world markets, it is imperative to include the […]

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Missing Link in Islamic Finance Hubs: Islamic Venture Capital

| 27/01/2011 | Reply
Missing Link in Islamic Finance Hubs: Islamic Venture Capital

The Islamic world profiled modalities of capitalism in 8th/9th century, but today’s Muslim country Islamic finance hubs are missing two vital aspects: addressing ‘have nots’ (micro-finance), and, as highlighted in this article, deploying the funds of ‘haves’ into Islamic Venture Capital funds.

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UK: Halal Statement- For Better Coexistence

| 17/01/2011 | Reply
UK: Halal Statement- For Better Coexistence

The Christian Muslim Forum is the national organization bringing together Christians and Muslims to build better relationships and dialogue with each other, as well as with British society generally.

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USA: Opinion: Food Trends We’d Like To See More (or Less) of in 2011

| 15/01/2011 | 2 Replies
USA: Opinion: Food Trends We’d Like To See More (or Less) of in 2011

The writer would like to see more Halal trucks open for business on the streets of Long Island.

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Opinion: Could the U.S. be Considered an ‘Islamic’ Country?

| 10/01/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Could the U.S. be Considered an ‘Islamic’ Country?

The idea of a checklist of qualities by which we can identify an ‘Islamic’ country doesn’t appear to hold water in the modern world. And this realisation has profound implications for the oft-repeated phrases of Dar al Islam and Dar al Kufr which are still used to shape Muslim thinking about world affairs.

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Opinion: Giving credit where it is due

| 02/01/2011 | Reply
Opinion: Giving credit where it is due

As a follow-up to the Unsung Stars of Islamic Finance article, which received interesting circulation, Rushdi Siddiqui wants to acknowledge their efforts with the inaugural Islamic Finance Agitation Awards.

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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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Opinion: Right track, wrong train?

| 23/12/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Right track, wrong train?

THE year 2010 was a year of “headwinds” for Islamic finance, and Rushdi Siddiqui’s last article of the year is a survey on issues that merit more airplay and public comment. This is not meant to be a scientific survey, but more of dialogue to answer the bigger question: Are we getting closer to where we should be in Islamic finance?

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Opinion: Why ‘Halal Malaysia’?

| 11/12/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Why ‘Halal Malaysia’?

HAVE you ever thought why non-Muslim consumers in other countries choose halal goods while Muslim consumers in Malaysia are sometimes petty about halal certification?

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Korea: [Viewpoint] Succeeding in the Muslim Market

| 10/12/2010 | Reply
Korea: [Viewpoint] Succeeding in the Muslim Market

Despite the austere image of Islamic living, robust spending is not absent. Muslims who have deep pockets display a high propensity to consume.

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Opinion: When haram can become halal

| 07/12/2010 | 3 Replies
Opinion: When haram can become halal

If a prohibited food product undergoes trans­formation that changes its properties or attributes to the point that it becomes a different product, it is no longer forbidden.

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Opinion: Islamic Banking: The Untold Billion-dollar Story

| 29/11/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Islamic Banking: The Untold Billion-dollar Story

Advertisers in the Western world are realising to the fact that the Muslim consumer segment of about 1.8bn people is undeniably the next important market that needs a bit of understanding. Also, it remains largely untapped.

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Halal in Europe – the European Complex

| 03/11/2010 | Reply
Halal in Europe – the European Complex

A series of recent events relating to the Halal market in Europe all point to the fact that the Halal sector is really starting to come of age. Along with the opportunities that accompany any coming of age, there are also the inevitable responsibilities to be shouldered and dilemmas to be resolved. The European picture is complex. There are distinct nation states with their own national issues, their own Muslim communities, their own market interests and their own geo-political dynamics.

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Religious Slaughter in Europe : Consumer Deception and DialRel’s Failure

| 28/10/2010 | 2 Replies
Religious Slaughter in Europe : Consumer Deception and DialRel’s Failure

The industrialization of farming and slaughter of animals has led to the emergence of new forms of abuse against food animals. From birth until slaughter, the animal is often seen as a source of raw materials. And when we read the governmental animal welfare regulations or hear the claims of certain institutionalized animal protection organizations, we wonder why animals are at times poorly treated by those who are supposedly responsible for them.

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USA: MyHalalKitchen Meets Saffron Road’s Chief Halal Officer

| 28/10/2010 | Reply
USA: MyHalalKitchen Meets Saffron Road’s Chief Halal Officer

Here is an interesting entry from Halal blogista extraordinaire Yvonne Maffei. It Includes her review of Saffron Road’s products and an interview with founder and Chief Halal Officer, Adnan Durrani.

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Building bridges: Muslims, Jews, Christians join forces for peace

| 16/10/2010 | Reply
Building bridges: Muslims, Jews, Christians join forces for peace

The keynote speaker, Joshua Dubois, head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said the current administration believes interfaith action is “the future of grassroots engagement.”

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World Halal Forum Europe – a catalyst for change in UK Halal market.

| 13/10/2010 | Reply
World Halal Forum Europe – a catalyst for change in UK Halal market.

In the run up to the World Halal Forum Europe, being held in London at the Earls Court Conference Centre on 10-11 November 2010, HalalFocus talks to Abdalhamid Evans, the WHF Europe Project Director

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Opinion: Halal Participation Banking…is this the next chapter?

| 17/08/2010 | Reply
Opinion: Halal Participation Banking…is this the next chapter?

Thompson Reuters Global Head of Islamic Finance, Rushdi Siddiqui, airs some thoughts on whether Islamic banking needs to be re-branded

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