What is a halal certificate? And why is it required? 


Halal Certificate
Halal Certificate

I decided to write an article on “Halal Certificate” after a small conversation with a Hindu right-wing supporter, who is using this “certificate issue” to spread hate. Please see the conversation first. 

Right-wing supporter:

A few days ago, I went to a friend’s place. The friend’s father does acupressure therapy and also recommends some Ayurvedic medicines so that health benefits can be taken in a natural way. At that time, he had a vendor of some Ayurvedic medicines sitting near him who was telling about his natural properties. I picked up a bottle of medicine and saw that ayurvedic medicine made in Haridwar had the stamp of “Halal” certification. I asked the seller what the “halal” stamp on Ayurvedic medicine meant, so saheb started doing it to the right and left. 

Well, he did not answer the question but this question is serious because the “Halal” certificate has spread to today’s date from packaged food, medicines, beauty products, hospital housing projects, to halal tourism, halal banking, halal education, etc., apart from meat. It has to be remembered that the task of giving this certificate is done by institutions like Jamaat-e-Ulema Hind which do  not accept certificates like FSSAI, ISO, but in their own way, they set the standard according to Sharia law and are trying to create a mechanism that only provides employment for Muslims. Halal business is playing a game to create an economy parallel to the Indian economy in which 85 per cent of the products  will be Hindu society to buy, but from its creation to delivery, employment will be given to the Muslim. 

A petition has also been filed in the Supreme Court today on this issue, demanding immediate termination of such certification.

Whatever product you and I buy from today, you must check the seal of halal on it once, because according to a Buddhist monk from Myanmar, even if you are full of peace and compassion, you cannot sleep next to a mad dog. 

thank you 🙏

(The above part is translated from Hindi to English)

Auther:

I would like to point out that there is no connection between halal and ISO. It is used in processing and improving the management system. Halal refers to the type of food permitted in Islam. Alcohol is not allowed.  Hence, food that uses liquor cannot be certified as halal. Meat is prohibited in Hinduism, Jainism and Bodhism with some exceptions, but in Islam it is allowed, but not all the animals, and the process is defined. It is the same as putting a veg or non-veg label on a product. Halal means that the product is allowed for consumption by Muslims. But why does the company use this sign? The reason is to attract the Muslim customer as well as customers from Muslim countries. If you are concerned that Muslims are getting an advantage due to this Halal sign, then you are wrong.  This benefit only goes to the companies. If a Muslim cannot find a halal certificate on a product, what are their options? If there is any doubt that the product may contain ingredients that are haram in Islam, Muslims can only consume products manufactured by Muslims.

Right-wing supporter:

Why there is a need of such certificate ? Dnt muslims believe in FSSAI or others…halal certification is not limited to food items only, it is much more. You cn get even cloths which r being halal certified. 
If muslims hv certain eating priorities due to their belief then at the same time others also hv theirs. Such certification is an imposition of one faith on others. Few ppl want everything should go as per their priorities and beleif. This must be stopped. Many democratic countries banned halal certification, why india shouldn’t.
A petition filed in the Supreme Court has sought a complete ban on halal products and halal certification, claiming that fundamental rights of 85% citizens were being infringed for the sake of 15% population who use these products
Do not take it otherwise but its fact and intellectual muslims must condemn this

Auther:

I already answered your question, “Why do we need such a certificate?” Again, you are mixing things that are different and have different objectives. Please learn about what the FSSAI’s goal is and what the Halal certificate’s goal is. An example will help you understand the concept. Assume a non-Muslim is selling meat. Muslims do not demand you to use a Halal Certificate. We Muslims just won’t eat that meat. Many Hindus won’t buy the meat either. Both are because of their religious beliefs. We’re not trying to force our wills on each other. However, we are both simply following our faith. But if the meat seller wants to grow his business and get more customers, he will tell the Muslim community that the meat he sells is prepared according to how Muslims believe it should be done. Halal certificate is the way to tell if someone is telling the truth.
Islam guided humans in every aspect and area of life. You can read Islam to find out how. For example, in Islam, interest is forbidden, so if you sell the mutual fund, I won’t buy it. Because I have no idea what instrument you intend to invest my money. But if you could explain that among our different financial models, we have one in which the investments are made in accordance with Shariah compliance, Read the real article if you don’t know what Shariah Compliance means. So Muslims will invest in that plan as well.
I’m not sure how it affects the fundamental rights of others. I believe you must comprehend the fundamental right. One of the fundamental rights is the freedom to practise one’s own religion and beliefs. So, it actually supports basic rights.
Please don’t be offended. You need to know the truth so that you don’t accidentally spread hate.

Right-wing supporter:

Bottomline is there is no need of halal type thing. FSSAI and other govt bodies are potent enough to assess the quality of product. Hopefully this propaganda based thing will be neutralised soon.


Halal Certificate
Halal Certificate

I understood from the above discussion that further discussion is useless and a waste of time. However, I decided to share the information about Halal Certificate. The article may become more informative if you provide the relevant information in the comment section.

What is a Halal Certificate?

The halal certificate is a document that certifies that products and services marketed to Muslims meet the requirements of Islamic law and are thus suitable for consumption in both Muslim-majority countries and Western countries with significant Muslim populations (France, Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain). Halal certification is a process that ensures the features and quality of products in accordance with the Islamic Council’s rules that allow the use of the term “Halal.” It is mostly used on meat and other food products like milk, canned food, and additives. For meat products, halal certifies that the animals were slaughtered in a single cut, thoroughly bled, and that their meat had not come into contact with meat from other animals, particularly pork. Halal-certified products are frequently labelled with a halal symbol or simply the letter M (as the letter K is used to identify kosher products for the Jewish population). (“What Is Halal Certificate? definition and meaning“)

Who requires this certificate?

Exporters, importers, distributors, traders and brokers, logistics professionals, forwarding agents, shipping lines, airlines, and international trucking firms can all benefit from the Halal Certificate. (“What Is a Halal Certificate? definition and meaning”)

What is the benefit? 

  • Halal certification is required by Muslim importing countries and some non-Muslim importers.
  • HCA is audited on a regular basis by AQIS, DAWR, JAKIM, GAC (regulated by ESMA and GSO), SFDA (regulated by SASO), and DQS (regulated by JAS-ANZ).
  • HCA does not charge royalties on the processed products that it certifies. The certification fee is not based on the quantity, quality, or number of products.
  • Halal certification accounts for one dollar out of every three dollars earned from exports and directly employs over 400,000 non-Muslim Australians, both men and women.
  • As a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim, companies benefit from a larger market share as a result of halal certification.
  • The global halal market is expanding.
  • To be able to use the term “halal,” a product must be halal certified by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • Manufacturers seeking new niche markets in Australia and abroad are driving certification.
  • There are no changes or rituals required for Halal certification of processed foods. Only qualifying products are certified.
  • There are no changes or rituals required for Halal certification of processed foods. Only qualifying products are certified.
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Works Cited

“What Is a Halal Certificate? Definition and Meaning.” Dictionary of International Trade, www.globalnegotiator.com, https://www.globalnegotiator.com/international-trade/dictionary/halal-certificate/#:~:text=Halal%20certification%20is%20a%20process%20which%20ensures%20the,products%20such%20as%20milk%2C%20canned%20food%20and%20additives. Accessed 19 June 2022.

admin. “CERTIFICATION.” Halal Certification Authority, halalauthority.org, https://halalauthority.org/certification/. Accessed 19 June 2022.

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