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Category: Editorial

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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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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