Category: Editorial

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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Export Strategies for Halal Producers

| 08/05/2010 | Reply
Export Strategies for Halal Producers

The Halal market is on the move. Since the first Malaysian International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) in 2004, and the first World Halal Forum in 2006, you can now attend Halal trade shows and conferences all around the world practically every month of the year. Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Dubai, France, USA, Indonesia, and South Africa, are […]

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KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

| 28/04/2010 | Reply
KFC Halal issue shows Halal is an identity issue

By Abdalhamid Evans, Founder, HalalFocus The extent to which the KFC Halal trial has stirred public interest, both online and in the streets shows how much of an issue this is…and how deep it goes. Naturally for the Muslims, eating Halal is an identity issue, especially for those of us who live in a predominantly […]

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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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Brunei: UBD students gain insights on Halal market

| 10/04/2010 | Reply
Brunei: UBD students gain insights on Halal market

Final year students from the UBD, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies who are taking Strategic Management and Strategic Public Management course listened to Mr Abdalhamid Evans, from Imarat Consultants who encouraged them to explore Brunei’s unique Halal value proposition and to seek ways on how they can mobilise to become competent entrepreneurs in the Halal market.

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Is CSR a helpful tool for a brand in the Muslim consumer segment?

| 03/02/2010 | Reply
Is CSR a helpful tool for a brand in the Muslim consumer segment?

In today’s changed economic scenario & social media connected, consumer groups, can CSR play a meaningful role in establishing a strong brand identity amongst the global Muslim community?

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Halal Goes Mainstream… Mainstream Goes Halal

| 20/01/2010 | Reply
Halal Goes Mainstream… Mainstream Goes Halal

You know there is something going on when the world’s biggest retailer is chasing after your product. Usually it is the other way around. Manufacturers of all sizes queue up for the chance to pitch, slash costs, squeeze suppliers and upgrade their software systems in order to get their products onto Wal-Mart shelves.

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Halal – A Perfect Storm on the Horizon

| 17/01/2010 | Reply
Halal – A Perfect Storm on the Horizon

Markets, like everything else, go in cycles, and we are all of us well aware that we are going through a period of market contraction. But contraction and expansion go together, they are one of the pairs of opposites upon which Allah has created existence, and we can be confident that contraction in any given time is the preparation, the source even, for an expansion to follow.

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Natural Allies – Halal Food and Islamic Finance

| 16/01/2010 | Reply
Natural Allies – Halal Food and Islamic Finance

The rapid growth of Islamic banking – not only in countries like Malaysia, Bahrain and Singapore, but also the UK and elsewhere – and the emerging global market for Halal products and services represent the tip of the iceberg of the impact of Islam on commerce, a convergence which we believe is destined to be one of the defining factors of the coming decade.

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Grey Areas of Halal – Alcohol

| 13/01/2010 | Reply
Grey Areas of Halal – Alcohol

This is the second of a series of articles that Fakihah Azahari is writng on the ‘Grey Areas of Halal’. The first in the series was ‘Grey Areas of Halal, Transformation and Assimilation’ which is also posted on Halal Focus.

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Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

| 06/01/2010 | Reply
Is Stunning Animals used for Meat Haram?

The question of stunning animals used for halal meat has become
somewhat of buzzword amongst some UK Muslims. This is mainly due to
poor communication from the relevant bodies on the differences in
stunning techniques and what the shariah (and scholars of fiqh) actually say about the matter of stunning. This short article outlines the approach of Abrahams Natural Foods to stunning. 

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Halal makes it into top ten good news stories of 2009

| 04/01/2010 | Reply
Halal makes it into top ten good news stories of 2009

AltMuslim.com‘s Zahed Amanullah recently put up his top ten Good News stories for 2009. Interestingly, he sees 2009 as a ‘tipping point’ for Halal food with heightened exposure and demand, and as he points out, none of this increase is ideological. Its all down to good old market savvy. We also see many good things ahead for Halal in 2010.

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Eurabian Follies

| 04/01/2010 | Reply
Eurabian Follies


By 2050, Europe will be unrecognizable. Instead of romantic cafes,
Paris’s Boulevard Saint-Germain will be lined with halal butcheries and
hookah bars; the street signs in Berlin will be written in Turkish.
School-children from Oslo to Naples will read Quranic verses in class,
and women will be veiled.

At least, that’s what the authors of the strange new genre of
“Eurabia” literature want you to believe. Not all books of this
alarmist Europe-is-dying category, which received its most
intellectually hefty treatment yet with the recent release of
Christopher Caldwell’s Reflections on the Revolution in Europe,
offer such dire and colorful predictions. But they all make the case
that low fertility rates among natives, massive immigration from Muslim
countries, and the fateful encounter between an assertive Islamic
culture and a self-effacing European one will lead to a Europe devoid
of all Western identity.

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Reflections on the Dubai Financial Crisis

| 03/01/2010 | Reply
Reflections on the Dubai Financial Crisis

This is an interesting article that was submitted by one of our readers which we have decided to use to launch our new ‘Opinion’ category on Halal Focus. We hope that more of our readers send in their articles on Halal related issues, for our consideration. Though we put up articles on the news in Halal it is also good to get business and consumer feedback to keep current with all aspects of the current trends and movement in the Halal arena.

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