Tuesday, August 31, 2010

French fast food restaurant going halal

(Reuters) - A French fast food chain announced on Tuesday it would almost triple its line of  halal hamburger restaurants because sales had doubled in a trial that sparked a heated debate about the integration of Muslims.

The Quick chain of 358 restaurants around France said it would boost its halal-only outlets to 22 on Wednesday after the trial in eight areas with a strong Muslim population also saw a doubling of customers and a rise in the amounts they spent.

Quick, which is a challenger to the U.S. hamburger chain McDonald's and runs franchises in seven other countries including Belgium, Russia and Algeria, said the move was purely commercial.

"We're in a very competitive market and we're the challenger," said General Manager Jacques-Edouard Charret, whose company competes against about 1,150 outlets for the U.S.-based McDonald's.

"We are not a philanthropy or a charity," he told a news conference. "Our ambition is to develop Quick's turnover and create jobs. And it's going well."

Friday, August 27, 2010

Halal and Haram (Book)

HALAL AND HARAM MEAT
ACCORDING TO THE ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES


By:
Shaikh Mohammad Ibrahim Memon Madani

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

Various problems and issues related to the understanding of the rules of Shari'ah occur as a
result of the unawareness of the many Quranic ayahs and Ahadith by some people. These
individuals misguide themselves and others by misinterpreting the Holy Quran and Hadith.
The rules of slaughtering animals are one such area in which people have concocted their own
rules, completely ignoring the rules of the Holy Quran and Hadith. Because of the problems
associated with this topic, many people have suggested that I write an essay about it in light of
the Holy Quran and Hadith. Upon their repeated requests and persistence, I took on the
responsibility to write this booklet on halal and haram meat. May Allah guide me in this
earnest attempt.

I have refrained from expressing my personal opinions on the subject; rather the issue is
addressed completely through the Holy Quran and Hadith. May Allah I guide us towards
making the right choices for ourselves in this regard, and may He protect us all from haram.
Mohammad Ibrahim Memon Madani

Safar 21, 1419h
June 16, 1998

Halam and Haram (PDF)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Horlicks of India Halal??

According to Muslim Consumer Group:

HORLICKS MADE IN INDIA IS A HALAL PRODUCT

According to an e-mail from Smithkline Consumer Healthcare Ltd with Reference No.: 54021853208 sent to a Muslim consumer that there is no animal derived ingredients except milk solids and no alcohol used as a solvent in  flavor in Horlicks made in India.

Horlicks also has a vegetarian green dot symbol on the bottle. Horlicks is sold in Indian Pakistani stores throughout USA and Canada.
 Source

Saturday, August 21, 2010

(HMA ALERT) Takbeer Halal Meat (Taaza Bazaar) No Longer HMA


HMA CERTIFICATION WITHDRAWN
Please be advised that the below mentioned facility is NO longer HMA certified. Products sold there are no longer monitored nor certified by the HMA:
Takbeer Halal Meat
inside(Taaza Bazaar)
9909 Highway 48 (Markham & Major Mackenzie), Unit 12
Markham, Ontario
L6E 0B7, Canada
Tel: 905-554-829235
Kindly be advised that due to owner selling the business to a third party that does not wish to be in compliance of HMA regulations, the HMA certification has accordingly been withdrawn.

EXERCISE CAUTION!
For a list of our certified products and outlets CLICK HERE
Source

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

(HMA Alert) Mr. Greek Retail Products are NOT HMA

Please note that this retail store is not authorized to sell HMA consumables.
Mr Greek Meat Market
801 Danforth Av,
Toronto, ON, M4J 1L2
Eliss 416 469-0733
 
It is important to note that Mr. Greek Meat Market has two departments:
  1. Supplier Department
  2. Retail Outlet
Mr. Meat Market in the 'Supplier Department' has authorization to carry only whole HMA certified lamb, goat and sheep.
 
At a Retail level, products are not HMA certified nor monitored by the HMA.
Please excersise caution.
Feel free to contact our offices for clarification or concerns.
 

Fraudulent Claim of HMA (Toronto)

Shimla Grocery and Halal Meat
Lawrence and Scar. Golf Club.
Scarborough, Ont.

Source

Monday, August 9, 2010

European chickens eating pigs 07 May 2008

Many are outraged as the EU is preparing to allow the remains of pig carcasses to be used in poultry feed, which would save UK farmers millions of pounds as cereal prices soar.
The practice of using pig remains in chicken feed was banned in Europe after the BSE crisis 10 years ago. This proposal, according to the Observer, has outraged animal rights campaigners, and Muslim organisations among other groups, who claim the move would put families at risk, offend religious sensibilities and lead to a major consumer backlash.

"There are two million Muslims in Britain and 25 million in Europe and this move would be a disaster for every one of them," said Dr Abdel Majid-Katme of the Islamic Medical Association, adding that this is a sinful idea.

Offended consumersThe RSPCA voiced its concerns about the health risks involved. Additionally, agriculture experts believe many consumers would be offended by the idea of a return to the use of animal remains in farm feeds. "I think there will be such a backlash from consumers that the idea would have to be

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pakistan: SC orders destruction of pork contaminated poultry feed 10 Jul 2009

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan has issued orders to destroy imported poultry feed contaminated by pig meat.
The SC also directed for and action taken against those responsible for importing the feed.
The three-member bench of the Supreme Court was hearing a suo motu (upon one’s own initiative) case.
Earlier the Attorney General of Pakistan in a statement before the court said that the 14 samples of the poultry feed tested in laboratory were found contaminated by pig meat.
After these findings 150 containers of the feed have been stopped in Lahore and Karachi.
The Attorney General said the companies fined for the feed import included one owned by a former parliamentarian from the Jamaat-e-Islami, Mian Aslam.
Lawyers for the poultry feed companies, requested the court to allow the tainted feed to be used as fertilizer, but the attorney general opposed the plea.
The SC also directed the companies to file affidavits in court, clearly stating that they would not import such feed in the future.
The SC said the importers would not only bear the expenses for the feed’s return, but would also pay fines and other penalties imposed by the customs department.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mechanical slaughter and KFC halal or not?? United Kingdom

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
 
See the following links:
 
 
 
We will take up one of the points which HFA consider to be permissible:

Mechanical slaughter -

The point of debate among scholars with regards to mechanical slaughtering is whether it fulfils the important requisite of the Tasmiyah (reciting Bismillah at the time of slaughter) being rendered by the person actually slaughtering the animal.

The books of Fiqh state categorically that the Tasmiyah must be uttered by the person actually slaughtering the animal. If someone else utters the Tasmiyah while the person slaughtering remains quiet (i.e. intentionally omits reciting the Tasmiyah) the animal will not be Halal.

(Fatawaa Alamghiriyyah P. 286. Vol. 5)
During mechanical slaughter, when the  power is turned on, and the poultry starts to move along the conveyor belt towards the fixed blades, a Muslim may be standing and reciting the Tasmiyah on each individual chicken, the question here is whether this is considered to be his own act of slaughter or not?

The majority of scholars hold the view that