Kuwait: Kuwait hosts ‘halal’ industry conference

KUWAIT: Deputy Prime Minister for Legal Affairs, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Rashed Al-Hammad said yesterday the ‘halal’ industry is unique one and most compliant with the Islamic sharia (law).
All products of this industry are fully compliant to the provisions of Islamic sharia,” Justice Al-Hammad said. The term halal refers the meat of livestock permissible to eat and slaughtered in a way compliant to the Islamic sharia.

The minister made the remarks in the inaugural address to the first Gulf conference on halal industry being organized here by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in collaboration with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and the food inspection commission of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The conference is being held under a generous initiative by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah who is always keen on the moral and physical safety of all Muslims,” Al-Hammad pointed out. Since its inception, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has been striving to provide sound and permissible foods and medicines to the Muslim citizens, he added.

Meanwhile, KISR Director-General Dr Naji Al-Mutairi said the halal industry grew fast in the recent year with its sales worldwide hitting $587 billion in 2004. — KUNA