What Is Halal Certification?

What is halal?

Halal simply means permitted or lawful. So when we are talking about halal foods it means any foods that are allowed to be eaten according to Islamic Sharia law.

This means that for any food to be considered halal it must comply with the religious ritual and observance of Sharia law.

What is halal certification?

This means that food has been subjected to approved certification systems which guarantee to consumers that nothing in the food has any forbidden components. Halal certificates are issued, for a fee, by a certifying body. The fees range from $240 per year to over $100,000 per year, paid to the Islamic Brotherhood, tax free by the supplier, this amount is then recouped by they consumer in higher prices at the supermarkets.

A number of foods we purchase on supermarket shelves are certified as Halal. For example the small Halal certification symbol appears on Kraft Vegemite, some Cadbury products, Tassel Tasmanian salmon, some Leggo food products, some San Remo pasta products and many more. Even more products are certified Halal but do not show the symbol on the label.

Halal certified is primarily for blood related foods, the products are certified not to contain blood, alcohol or pig products, and the animal is killed in the Islamic way. More and more of our products are being classed as halal certified, products that are halal by nature eg: honey, and products that do not require halal certification and consequently the fee such as Purina cat food.

To be certified Halal a fee must be paid to AFIC –The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils- or an affiliated state council. 
Who are AFIC and what happens to the certification fee you contribute towards when you buy a certified product?

The AFIC has an embracing mission statement: but its actions are not totally consistent with that statement. For example, the appointment by the AFIC of the notorious Taj El-Din Hilaly as Grand Mufti of Australia was in conflict with the AFIC’s stated mission. 
Taj El-Din Hilaly was a convicted criminal serving time in jail. His sermons were often anti-Australian (in direct contradiction of the AFIC’s mission statement) and his views on Australian women (“cat’s meat”) are well known.

Commissioner Pru Goward said his statements on women were an incitement to crime, as are several other statements he has made. Despite having arrived in Australia in 1982, he would not speak English, so he was hard put to really support AFIC’s stated mission. Likewise, the current Australian Grand Mufti appointed by AFIC has to use an interpreter.

Hilaly never condemned the terrorist attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001. In fact, he is reported as supporting that offence by saying it was an act of god. The AFIC did not condemn him for that statement.

The AFIC is known to have received hundreds of thousands of dollars for years from Gaddafi of Libya, and who knows what other money they receive from people and regimes antagonistic to the Australian way of life. Further, Hilaly appeared to support Hezbollah, classified by the Australian Government as a terrorist organization – does the AFIC send its “international resources” to Hezbollah? 
The Australian Newspaper reports that the Minister for education in NSW has asked the NSW police and ASIC to investigate where millions and millions of tax-payers dollars have gone. The money was given to Muslim schools managed by you guessed it AFIC. The millions of government dollars funnelled out of the schools into AFIC’s coffers has not yet been explained.

Time may tell, if it is not hushed up, whether the money was just badly accounted for, or was used corruptly to pay people, or whether some was syphoned off to give to Muslim organisations like Hezbollah.

What is sharia?

Sharia means the ‘way’ or ‘path’. Islamic sharia law refers to the whole system of principles and rules which a Muslim is required to live by. It relates to both criminal and civil justice, and it also regulates personal and moral conduct. Stoning of woman and children, female genital mutilation is all under Sharia Law. Stoning of woman and children, female genital mutilation is all under Sharia Law.

The sharia is based upon the teachings of the Koran as well as the teaching and example of Muhammad: the rules of sharia exist because Muhammad either commanded or actually did what the rules require.

Sharia goes way beyond food and halal but the point we want to make here is that all of the halal certification organisations are operating under sharia law and desire for sharia law to be accepted as a part of our mainstream society

Money that is paid out in fees for halal certification is used to fund in part or whole the push for sharia law in Australia. On the Islamic website muslimvillage.com (June 11) the secretary of the Australian Islamic Mission, Siddiq Buckley is quoted as saying,

“There are practical examples of [sharia] here already. We have Muslim schools, mosques, funeral parlours, shops and businesses. We’ve got abattoirs, Islamic charities, Islamic financial institutions. There are so many things – halal meals served on airlines. This is all part of Sharia.”