Who needs Halaal?

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When the big international fast food chains came to Sri Lanka they did not have halaal certification. However subsequently most of these chains went ‘halaal’. This had nothing to do with any ‘Islamist’ conspiracy to take-over Sri Lanka. It was a pure case of demand and supply and the pursuit of profit. The same applies to Islamic banking. There is nothing surprising about almost every player in the financial services market providing Islamic banking as bankers want to make money in as many ways as they can. So this whole brouhaha about ‘halaal’ really defies logic. The only reason why the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema [ACJU] is a body of choice for it’s the only body that the Muslim consumers accept and find legitimate and in marketing – consumer is king.

Therefore ‘Who needs ‘halaal’ certification? It’s certainly not the Muslim consumer but the businesses that crave for halaal recognition. I say this because there was a time before halaal certification. Even then there were brands that had established consumer goodwill and trust to the effect that their products were ‘halaal’. So take away the ACJU halaal certification and market forces will come into play and either some other body will issue the license or producers themselves will find ways to build consumer confidence. In fact all what the ACJU has done is made it easy for anybody to access the Muslim market for their goods and services. It has particularly helped new players to enter the market. To those thinking only in religious terms, ‘new’ translates often to ‘non-Muslim’ as Muslim businesses find it easier to establish consumer goodwill even without certification.

So as a Muslim consumer, the future of halaal certification does not trouble me. The forces of economics and the fight for market share will ensure that products that meet halaal requirements will continue to be available.

However what does worry many Muslims is how this ‘non-issue’ is being banged about by a fringe few and made into a national problem. What we see is not an ‘issue’ but an agenda and a campaign of hate with ‘halaal certification’ merely an excuse. They are waiting to pick a fight and so they pick on anything. This is evident in many ways. Firstly despite all the shouting and the screaming we are yet to hear a clear and cogent articulation of the grounds for protest. If there were good reasons then we would have heard it by now.

Secondly the methodology to put forward their purported grievance are angry protests which are inflammatory and provocative? It is in this methodology that one sees some serious danger signs. If this was a genuine issue then what we would have had is an informed debate and dialogue, not a protest with a pig head on display.

Thirdly there is also a complete disregard for the truth, facts and honesty. For example at one press conference it was stated that the money collected was being used to fund Al-Qaeda. If this was a genuine allegation then what was needed was not a press conference but a police complaint. Much like the Law College entrance paper being leaked – a lot of noise – little hard evidence. Then they said that the money was being used to buy lands. Evidence? That products will be cheaper without halaal certification fees. Once again – where is the evidence? In fact what we see is that the ACJU can hardly pay for its own certification costs with the fee collected.

The level of misinformation is comically evident in that some are demanding that they be entitled to consume ‘non-halaal’ products – products that are unfit for consumption by Muslims. It is comical for if food is to be ‘non-halaal’ it would certainly have meat or alcohol and that is something that even the Buddhists who are making the demand would not be permitted to consume.

Without doubt the ‘halaal issue’ is part of a deliberate strategy of creating inter-communal tensions and scarily, an open clash – with obviously the Muslims the victims. Small pockets of tension and violence are being reported and one waits to see how the government and authorities will respond to this and how far they will allow this to go on. In fact a particular rabble-rouser stated that it was inevitable that we as a society will reverse ourselves by around a hundred years with an open anti-Muslim riot as that happened in 1915. Any of this would certainly not be in the best interests of the Sinhala Buddhists.

  • Muslim

    Muslims certainly have many alternatives.

    1. Organise procurement and distribution through selected distributers.
    2. Have seperate screening monitoing units to affix a halal lable to products qualifying.
    3. Publicise the Halal brands to the Muslim public through mosques etc without having the halal logo on the product.
    4. Go vegetarian when in doubt etc.

    The efforts of these extreme elements to attack muslims will only result in buddhist having to consume food tainted with animal and alcohol derivatives or chemicals which are deemed harmfull to the health. Looking upwards and spitting? This is not a big deal other than for the bigheads in the JHU and BBS.

    • http://www.maiyyagelokya.blogspot.com Mayya

      I believe that hate campaign against Muslims and campaign of anti halal should be seen and treated as two separate issues.
      SL should not be a victim of another internal war and what we experienced in last three decades is sufficient enough to learn that bitter lesson. Even most dumbest person may agree with me on this regard. We do not want another war. In that sense hate campaign against Muslims should not be encouraged.

      However halal issue is different. It is a violation of free market policies.

      As I explained previously , in a Dayan s thread, halal is not quality standard such as SLS or ISO. It is merely a religious customary which performed and incorporated in view of satisfying small segment of market. Rest of the market do not wish to have that. However without having consent of those majority, one has incorporated halal and charge them, without retiming any benefit for them.

      The Muslim organization which issue halal certificate does not give it free. They charge minimum of 175,000.00 per anum. There are 4500 brands . Therefore total cost of this religious proceeding is 17500 x 4500 = 780 million per year. why should market pay 0.7 billion annually for religious organization for nothing . In that sense majority of the customers have a moral right to reject halal. In that sense I do not find any fault in anti halal campaign.

      However as I said previously , Muslim hate campaign and anti halal campaign should be seen and treated as two different issues.

      • Peter

        Plz get your figures right sister, from an authentic source since you seems to be talking some sense here at least not like some of the jokers out there.
        1. They never charge you 175000

        2. There are no 4500 products

        3. They do not have a revenue of 0.7 Billion rupees

        Note : they are audited by a recognized firm(find out from them if u dnt have faith in ACJU)

        4. The amount that passes to the end user of the products in many cases or products are less than a Cent with a max being 8Cents.

        So plz make our self educated before you throw things at others whether it is ACJU or any one else.

        Tk Cr..

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        • Ramzeen

          Minister Nimal siripala has stated in Parliament that the ACJU has been accredited by the government. So there should be no issue on that score. He has also stated that Halaal certification is purely VOLUNTARY and no manufacturer is forced to apply for such certification. As per the ACJU website only 248 manufacturers and producers have requested it. Siddhalepa is one of them! The Rs. 175,000/- is a complete falsehood with the maximum charges being 20,000 – 25,000/- for large manufacturer category.

  • Ramzeen Azeez

    If the ACJU doesn’t possess authorization by the government for certification, then it must immediately cease its operations. This is no different to unlicensed meat stall that was being operated in Thihariya or Pasyala. Without official recognition from the administration, its credibility is questionable. It isn’t enough that the Muslim community in toto, has placed its trust unquestioned at the door of the office of the ACJU. The legality of the operation of the ACJU should be above board.

    The ACJU therefore should shut down its operation forthwith and inform all their clients local and international, accordingly. They should then apply to the government for legal acceptance/certification. They could inter alia make the government aware of the negative impact that this could have, especially in our foreign earnings.

    If this had been done earlier, the present crisis could have been avoided.

    • http://www.cyberstudio.biz Tilan Wickramasinghe

      Great comment, Halal or none Halal do we need this discussion. If a private organisation wishes to publish a logo to atract a certain community for financial gains. Why should another community have any problem against it? Would appreciate if a learned Buddhist out there explains to me how this can effect a Buddhist from attaining nirvana.?

      Religious hatred will just lead us back to stone age. People who make this into a livelihood should just be ridiculed and looked down upon.

    • Sarandeebiyy

      Ramzeen: Already we have the Ministry of Muslim Affairs coming under the Ministry of Buddhist Affairs. We don’t need those who are non-muslim to tell us what we can and cannot do, especially as it would take excessive effort to teach non-muslims about the reasons why certain Islamic practices are done. The Govt does not involve itself in other certifications such as ISO, so why should it involve itself in Halaal certification? This kind of attitude can only result in undue restrictions on Muslims, and could easily lead to zabiha being forbidden!

      • Ramzeen

        @Sarandeebiy. ISO is an internationally accepted standard. The SLS in Sri Lanka is also government. HAACP is another that is widely accepted in the food and hospitality trade whereas Halaal certification is the only one with a religious tenor. Hence, as much as Muslims would balk at eating non-halaal food so will non-Muslims at halaal certified food. We should be realistic. In the hotel that I work in, a Sikh customer refused to eat halaal certified food saying that he needn’t be forced to eat meat that had been certified by an Islamic organization.He even demanded his money back!
        If the country were to ban ALL animal slaughter which includes dhabeeha, we Muslims will have no other option but to conform.

        • stanobey

          Halal means permitted. A product with a halaal certificate means either one of the following depending on the product:

          (a) that there are no alcohol or animal products included – such as for cake (no alcohol used);

          (b) that if any animal products (like gelatin) are included then those ingredients have been produced in a halaal way.

          So a Buddhist being bugged by ‘halaal’ defies logic. If its category (a) then even they can eat it – no problem – no alcohol no meat.

          If it is in category (b) – then why do they want to eat it? It has meat in it mate!

          Halaal does not mean ‘blessed or offered to God’. Anyone who is objecting to this has really not understood the issue. It is not like water blessed at a pirith ceremony.

          It should not bother anyone really. So the Sikh who ate at your hotel should either check the facts or check ingredients before he eats and asks for his money back.

          Even if it bugs you – and you have an objection – take it up with the manufacturer. Why threaten violence on Muslims? You must ask KFC and McDonalds to stop putting the ‘halaal’ certificate on their products.

          If this was a genuine concern then there are many ways around discussing and debating it. But it is not. It is just an excuse. Like the writer of the article has pointed out.

  • Jamal

    Before the ACJU took over the certification process a group of Muslims including Dr. Cassim, Eye Specialist, did the certification as required on a voluntary basis.

  • http://jestforkicks.blogspot.com Jack Point

    A very good summary of the issues and problems.

    I would suggest that if the concern is the ‘monopoly’ enjoyed by ACJU, the simplest thing to do is to promote a couple of other bodies who can do the certification.

  • Sumudu Dhanapala

    While I understand the need for “Halal” as a requirement for a practising Muslim, I think it is something an ‘enlightened’ person would find abhorring when considering the amount of pain and anguish it causes to the slaughtered animal.

    • stanobey

      An enlightened person would also realise that the ‘halaal’ mark is not just for animal products – even to signify the absence of alcohol – something that flows pretty freely in this land of enlightenment of ours.

    • stanobey

      What is also surprising is that the enlightened souls of the BBS are calling for ‘non-halaal’ meat. The pain and suffering of the slaughter seems rather irrelevant for the BBS lot!

  • No Frames

    The problem with halal certification is that the cost of certification has to be borne by the non-muslims as well. If Muslims want the certification, they are welcomed to have it and pay for it as well. Asking 90% non muslims to pay for halal standard of 10% is madness. The way forward is to produve halal and non-halal products for the same brand. What ever additional costs that goes for keeping halal standard should be added to the products that bears the logo.

    • Roshan

      your assuming that prices have increased due to halal certification. upto now i have not seen an iota of evidence on such claims.

    • stanobey

      Do you know how much a halaal certification costs? Can you please advise this forum as to how much a price difference it would make to the ‘non-Muslims’ to buy their ‘non-halaal’ CIC Chicken or McDonald burger or Maggie noodles? Would appreciate it mate.

  • No Frames

    [The level of misinformation is comically evident in that some are demanding that they be entitled to consume ‘non-halaal’ products – products that are unfit for consumption by Muslims. It is comical for if food is to be ‘non-halaal’ it would certainly have meat or alcohol and that is something that even the Buddhists who are making the demand would not be permitted to consume.]

    This only shows short sightedness of the writer. Buddhists are not banned from using meat or alcohol. Islam prohibits things, but Buddhuism does not. And there are Hindus and Christians too. I would love to have my Bacon, and I don’t want that to be thrown out from the “Halaal” shops due to pressure by Muslims. If producers don’t listen to non-Muslims, the only way to make them listen is to boycott the product. And Muslims are shit scared of this hapenning.

    • stanobey

      Really No Frames – you have No Idea about what you are talking of:

      1. ‘Buddhists are not banned from using meat or alcohol. Islam prohibits things, but Buddhuism does not.’

      Huh? From when – this is news….have the Maha Nayake’s sanctioned this?

      2. ‘And there are Hindus and Christians too. I would love to have my Bacon, and I don’t want that to be thrown out from the “Halaal” shops due to pressure by Muslims.’

      So you like Bacon? Go ahead have it. Is anyone stopping you? Is any Muslim stopping you. Eat it right now as you read this if you can. See if anyone stops you. No? Then what’s the problem mate? Go to a ‘Halaal’ store – well they will tell it is unavaiable…so long Muslims have had this ‘halaal’ certificate and that has not been a problem for bacon lovers and eaters. So dont fret..enjoy your bacon.

      3. ‘If producers don’t listen to non-Muslims, the only way to make them listen is to boycot the product. And Muslims are shit scared of this hapenning.’

      Well as the so called short sighted writer has pointed and as we all know (may be not you) and as the BBS themselves claim – even without ‘halaal’ certification – halaal products were available. Some producers will specifically cater to the Muslim market as they did before…got it? And about ‘shit scared’ – its quite evident who is scared — calling for mass rallies against 10% of the population? That is real fear.

  • dingiri

    Halal and the corruption in the Law college have become a gift for racist organisations such as the BBS for rallying people to their cause. However there is no denying that they do have a point in that a) the charge is excessive b) It is bourne involuntarily by non Moslems c) The money thus raised from non moslems is being used exclusively for Islamic causes. These are valid points and no amount of evasive arguments can change that fact.

    Personally I have only one objection to Halal certification. And that is that 90% of the cost of Halal certification is being bourne by non-moslems thus making it a stealth tax by Moslems on non Moslems. There are a number of ways by which this can be resolved.

    1. Halal certification is taken over by the Govt. and the 700 million raised anually to go to govt coffers to fund schools and hospitals rather than purely Islamic activities.

    2. The cost of Halal being bourne only by Moslems with manufacturers producing Halal and cheaper non-Halal product lines.

    3. Remove the monopoly or copyright for the Halal insignia and allow Manufacturers to self certify their non-meat products as not containing any part of a pig. for products like water, clothing, pharmaceuticals this should be sufficient.

    One wonders how the Moslem community managed for 1500 years without a Halal certification process. When a Moslem person drinks water off a well or a tap he does not wonder if it is Halal. However if the water comes off a bottle, he checks the label to see if it is Halal to ensure the Halal tax has been paid. This fact alone shows how Halal certification for non-meat products has become somply a money making racket at best and an extortion racket at worst, where the ACJU goes around telling manufacturers that Moslems have been told not to buy anything i.e. water, clothing, pharmaceuticals if it doesnt carry the Halal logo. And at 175,000 a product, that is a lot of money for the Halal tax payer.

    • lunardenial

      The recurring comments by many is that the cost of Halal certification is borne by non-Muslim parties who do not need it.
      My question to you is: what would be the case if the Halal certification had not been obtained by the companies selling a consumer food item to which the Muslim community is unwilling to purchase?
      Simple economics! The Muslim community has trusted brands that they know supply the product within the Islamic guidelines and demand for the product of any other company would fall drastically. Said company would face huge losses and have to make one of two decisions: leave the market or price prices to cover losses. Both of these would negatively affect the Non-Muslim community: the first depriving them of the product in totality and the second, causing inflation of consumer prices!
      The other topic in discussion is why after generations without such certification has it become such an issue today. It is not the Muslims, but the Bodhu Bala Sena who made it an issue! Many Muslims consume products that have no Halal certification, such as when food items are known to be vegetarian, etc. Also over generations, the Muslim community has developed a network of trusted food suppliers and brands: Halal certification is not to the advantage of the Muslim community but to that of corporate giants looking for increased revenue shares in terms of domestic sales and exports!

      • http://discourssions.wordpress.com yapa

        Dear lunardenial;

        “My question to you is: what would be the case if the Halal certification had not been obtained by the companies selling a consumer food item to which the Muslim community is unwilling to purchase?”

        Then the Muslim community will purchase those goods and the others will not purchase the goods sold by the Muslims. That would be the result as per your simple Economics. There will be a big rift between Muslim community and others in this country, the cause being some Muslims want the pound of flesh, less than miligramme, due to there growing want to be fundamentalists by imposing new unjustifiable and disturbing practices never seen in the past based on the religion, not heeding any respect to the laws of the country or the customs of the other communities.

        No one should think of performing everything in their way in a muti-ethnic society.

        Thanks!

  • Off the Cuff

    Halal Certification and the UK

    The Government is drawing up plans to prevent schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues from serving halal meat secretly to customers.

    The move will be welcomed by animal rights campaigners, who argue that the traditional Islamic way of preparing meat – which involves killing animals by drawing a knife across their throats without stunning them first – is cruel and causes unnecessary pain.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119993/Now-theyll-tell-eating-halal-Ministers-prepare-change-law.html#ixzz2LHdFTtxI

    Halal label, while attracting more business from the Muslim community, would simultaneously lose business from non Muslims, due to Animal Rights activism in the UK.

  • Jamal

    Dingiri,
    I presume you to be a Buddist!
    Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however, essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.
    http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.html
    Now Dingiri, can you confirm what the BBS stated is true with facts and figures? But I do agree with you that green dot products do not require ACJU certification .actually Islam has made it easy and simple for us by stating what is HALAAL is clear and what is HARAAM is clear. For anything doubtful to steer clear on the safe side. We do not need a committee for this . The problem arises when Manufacturers supply to external markets in Muslim countries, then a responsible body has to certify that permissible (halal) ingredients are used. This is the gist of the whole problem. The best solution to the whole affair will be to appoint a committee of Respected and distinguished seniors and experts and to re-vamp the certification process

    • dingiri

      Jamal, Thanks for the sermon on the eight fold path to which my response would have to be “No shit Sherlock!”. Most intelligent people can work these things out for themselves without the help of some organised religion preaching to them.

      The trouble is things such as “Right speech”, “Ethical conduct” and “moral discipline” are subjective and open to interpretation. And that it where the eight fold path fails in my opinion.

      “Right speech” for me could be “wrong speech” for you as is my earlier post which you dont seem to have liked. It is a tragedy that the Buddhist Taliban in Sri Lanka is using the Halal issue to foment anti-moslem sentiments. These Buddhist Mullahs are merely tribals wearing the “Buddhist” label in a turf war with another tribe wearing the “Moslem” label. And Moslems are giving them all the ammunition to do so. There is no reason why Halal consumption should be an issue as a solution can easlily be found where only the Moslems pay for the licensing. But the govt. is uninterested apart from issueing lame statements that racism is “not good”. And moslems are reluctant to lose a lucrative stream of revenue via the Halal certification business, or racket as I see it.

      I have told you what my problem with Halal is. It is only because I dont want to pay for it. Nor do I want my money to go to bolster any other religion for that matter and therefore do not give “Danes” or drop “panduru” in temple “ping kates”. I have no objections to eating Halal meat or even to the Halal method of slaughter which in my opinion is no more cruel than other methods.

      • Ramzeen

        I find this claim of halaal certification being lucrative to the Muslims laughable. Our neighbourhood mosques are funded by our monthly voluntary contributions. This pays salaries of the employees (we don’t have a clergy class), utilities et al.

        The funny thing is that although we all profess a single religion none of us are like peas in a pod. In that sense I’m a private Muslim and I totally distance myself from the actions of other Muslims. Hence we see certain Muslims preferring to don the Arabian garb and likewise their women. I do not and nor do the women in my immediate family. Those who do do it as an act of “higher piety” not realizing that they’re only emulating Arabian culture.

        In the present context however, accusations based on suspicion tends to hurt us all. Especially the label of ‘anthavaadhi”. I have never seen nor heard of Taliban/Qaeda type extremism in Sri Lanka. In fact, we could be considered the most benign of Muslims. Many say that is a direct influence of Buddhism’s Ahimsa on our mindsets: and I truly and sincerely believe this to be so. This is another reason why ALL of us are taken aback at the current reaction to a non-action.

      • Gamarala

        Dingiri,

        I’m in agreement with most of what you’ve said, but I’m not sure why you say the Halal method of slaughter is no more cruel than other methods? I would agree with the general point that all slaughter is cruel, but some methods can and are more cruel than others.

        http://kb.rspca.org.au/What-is-halal-slaughter-in-Australia_116.html

        The section on unstunned slaughter in this article is particularly interesting: http://www.animalsaustralia.org/features/ritual_slaughter.php

        Basically, halal is far worse than stunning.

        Of course, I do not believe that anyone in Sri Lanka, Buddhist or Muslim, has any particular moral high ground on this matter – other than those who are vegetarian. As far as I know – animals are killed in the most barbaric ways imaginable.

        I also acknowledge that it is difficult for a discussion on the ethics of Halal to take place – when it is framed amidst the anti-Muslim racist cacophony of the present day.

        • stanobey

          Halaal is not just about meat mates!

      • stanobey

        Should Muslims Pay for Halaal Licensing?

        No. No Muslim asked/requested any brand or product to go Halaal.

        That was a commercial choice made by those companies for their own profit. So let them decide how they want to spread the cost. If there is serious objection of the non-Muslims then let them remove the certification. That’s not a loss for the Muslims.

        As has been pointed out in the article – there will be others who will cater to this.

        Halaal and Cruelty to animals:

        Yes it is right, killing animals must be avoided. But human society will need to do that for sometimes – for health and medical purposes and as a result of sheer necessity. Like those living in cold regions or even in countries like India where chicken and goat are cheaper in certain regions rather than vegetables and seafood. At least these people should have an option. So being idealistic about vegetarianism has its limits.

  • Kanda

    More than Halal Certification I sincerely think the organizations should look into the fundamental safety of the meat sold in licenced and not so much licenced meat stalls around the country. It is required that pre-slaughter (ante-mortem) examination should be carried out to ensure that the animals slaughtered are free of any diseases and a post-mortem examination should be carried out after slaughter to eliminate affected organs if any or condem the whole carcase if the disease is generalized.

    Sadly there is no evidence of any of these procedures followed in Sri Lanka and the meat exhibited for sale is without the seal of the inspecting authorities, be it veterinary surgeons or health inspectors. This is part of the Halal procudure that is not followed and the so called Jamiathul Ulaima members hardly concerned about this. I am aware that the Butchers using this opportunity substitute DOG MEAT for MUTTON and make a fast buck! This fuss is for nothing – in fact the Halal concept help / compliment the Buddhist Principles in a strange way when you come to think of it.

  • peace lover

    Dear fellow sri lankans.

    WHY WE WANT BODU BALA SENA TO TALK ALL THESE ISSUES , IS THE GOVERNMENT OF SRI LANKA IS NOT CAPABLE OF SORTING THIS ISSUES?

    IF THE HALAL CERTIFICATE NOT ISSUED , WHAT IS THE CONSEQUENCES OF EXPORTING ITEMS? WHO GAIN PROFIT OUT OF EXPORT? 91 % OR 9% , THING OUT OF THE BOX AND COMPETE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD TOWARDS DEVELOPMENT.

    IF THERE ARE ANY FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES , WHY ANY NOT GOING TO THE COURTS LEGALY TO SORT THIS IN A DECENT MANNER RATHER THAN BAD SMELLING IN THE STREETS. IS TEHRE IS NO LAW IN THIS COUNTRY?

    WHY ANY THE PRODUCERS OF THE PRODUCTS ACCEPTING TO GO UNDER HALAL CERTIFICATE ? MAY BE THE 91% NOT CONSUMING THEIR PRODUCTS .

    WE WILL NEVER IMPROVE ,AS WE ARE A TYPOCAL SRI LANKANS, WHO ARE BORN TO RALLY RATHER THAN DOING USEFULL THINGS. BECAUSE WE SELECT GOVERNMENTS ONLY FOR THE CONCESSION FOR BREAD AND DAAL.

    WHY WE STILL GOING TO ABROAD TO EARN MONEY BECAUSE WE NEVER THINGS WIDELY , TAKE EXAMPLE OF SINGEPORE , WE WILL NEVER REACH SUCH STATUS BECAUSE OUR AGENDA IS TO FIGHT WITH TAMILS ,THEN MUSLIMS , THEN CRISTIAN, THEN BURGER , THEN —-,THEN—-, FINALLY BUDHIST THEM SELF.

    I HAVE READ THE BOOK “What Buddhists Believe” WRITTEN BY Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera , THE ACTIONS OF THE BUDU BALA SENA IS TOTTALY DIFFERENT/AGAINST THE TEACING OF LORD BUDDA , THEN HOW WE CAN COMPLAIN THAT THE CHRISTIANS ARE CONVERTING BUDHIST, OFCOURSE BUDHIST DO NOT HAVE A PROPER PEOPLE TO GUIDE / TEACH THE BUDHISM , WHICH PREECE BY LORD BUDDAH.

    DEAR ALL FELLOW SRI LANKANS , BE COMMITED AND FOCUSEED TO UNITE ALL LANKANS AS ONE PEOPLE UNDER ONE NATION. IT IS NOT WORTH/EHTICAL TO FIGHT WITH SMALL MINORITIES AND THIS IS NOT LORD BUDDAH’S GUIDANCE. BE.

    A Quote from Mahatma Ghandi ” An Ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching”.

    BUDHISM IS A WAY OF LIFE , IS IT THE SAME WAY OF LIFE OF BODU BALA SENA ? , NO ,IT IS NOT THE SAME , THEN LETS FIND A TRUE PEOPLE WHO CAN GUIDE.

    REMOVE THE RACIST GLASSES THAT WE WEARING AND MOVE FORWARD WITH FREEDOM

    THINK THINK THINK THINK THINK

    GOD BLESS ALL SRI LANKANS

    • Rana

      Peace Lover, Your idea to go to courts is a good one. But the problem is why SLS institute or Trade Ministry or any other relevent government institute did not take any legal action until Bodu Bala Sena brought this matter up? Who gave the authority to ICJU to issue standards certifictes for money? Is this organisation[ICJU] registered in a government institute in SL? Whats happening to the money of Rs.780 million earn annually? Did ICJU paid taxes to government or is this register as a religious organisation in SL? These are the questions people wants to know. If somebody go to courts , we all can know the truth.

      You said Bodu Bala Sena actions against the Buddha’s teachings? Tell me Peace lover in which country people,priests,monks doing things strictly according to their religion? If our monks strictly adhere to the religion , and mind only their religious activities, already Sinhalese, Buddhism and the “Budu Sasuna” disappeared many centuries ago from SL. When Elara invade SL, It was monks who guided Dutu Gemunu. It was monks who derobe and join the army to win the battle. From that era upto Praba’s time it was same. In future also the same.

      Buddhists are not racists. Racists are Tamils and Muslims. Yes find true pople who can guide but not convert. But first ask minorities to remove their racist glasses that they wearing.

      I’m not finally say ,”God Bless SL” like you said. [Which denote which religion you belongs to].
      I’m saying “May treple Gem Bless SL”.[May God bless You].

  • Gamaya

    In my opinion, the issue some sections of the masses having is to do with the word “Halal” appearing in the food and other applicable products, not about the “Halal certification” itself. They seem to find the word “Halal” appearing in food and other applicable products as an invasion of the believes of the majority and as an attmpet to publicize the Islam religion. This is the way an ordinary mind would work under these type of circumstances and I can’t blame them for that especially when muslim countries do not have regard to any other religion. As a country with a lots of educated people we should be able to find a rational solution to this matter. When I read comments written above (from both sides)it’s very hard to see any rational solution are being suugested for this issue. I suggest that a green dot or a star or something similar be used as an alternate for the word “Halal” and educate the muslims via the mosques on this as a solution. I would like to see more rational suggestions in a this type of forum.

  • mohamed asfar

    what JU doing is issuing halal certificates to non muslim companies which in turn selling their products to muslims and earning profit for which i have no problem but at the end of the day we muslims are blamed for our generosity. JU is making a big mistake by charging money and i am sure when ulamas begin to charge money in the name of islam FITHNA begins. so halal certificates must be stopped immediately and this is a win win situation to all. this is not in anyway bowing down to racism but clearing muslim community from any misunderstanding.

  • Sithy Hussain

    Few things to take into account:
    1) The ACjU does not have the mandate to charge fees for services rendered under their incorporation. See:

    “All Ceylon Jemmiyathul Ulama (Incorporation) Act (No. 51 of 2000) – Sect 4

    General powers of the Corporation

    4. Subject to the provisions of this Act or any other written Law. the Corporation shall have the power to do. perform and execute all such acts, matters, and things whatsoever, as are necessary’ or desirable for the promotion or furtherance of the objects of the Corporation or any one of them, including the power to open, operate and close bank accounts, to borrow or raise any money with or without security, to receive or collect grants and donations, to invest its funds, and to engage, employ and dismiss officers and servants required for the carrying out of the objects of the Corporation.”

    2).The ACJU has no government authority to issue halal certification – it would have been a sign of encouraging monopolistic practices.

    3). As far as I know – there is no compulsion to submit audited accounts to any government institution for an organization incorporated through an Act of Parliament. So even if they do have audited accounts, what they conceal is concealed and they will not be held accountable.

    4).As Mohammed Afsar says – who earns from this whole process or whether it has an impact on prices is immaterial for a Muslim. For a Muslim – all that should matter is that he/she cannot use the religion of Islam to earn money or indeed to barter or exchange – in other words, not even be re-imbursed. We cannot earn money due to the revelation of the Quran.
    Whatever is done for the sake of Allah and the Muslim community has to be done free of charge.

    5).Although the ACJU maintains that they never coerced people to be halal certified – they used ‘fear psychosis’ to induce people to do so. Eg, SMS were sent stating that certain products were no longer halal & through word-of-mouth- blacklisting certain vendors and vendors were made to understand that they would lose patronage from Muslim clients if they didn’t have halal certification. Even Muslims were made to understand that everything (even paintbrushes) were ‘haram’ (forbidden) unless it carried their halal logo. It was a psychological game that ran amok.

    6) The only organization that was issuing halal certification free-of-charge was disbanded due to the machinations of the ACJU – when they asked and got sole right to be the only authority to give halal certification. This does not currently stand.

    7)I think the Muslims would be careful who they appoint as their representatives.

  • Hari

    Good Article. But there are facts that are not discussed here. How can ACJU certified food that are manufactured abroad? ACJU has charge 17 million rupees from businesses.
    So They have an additional cost to get this LOGO. and that cost is charged by all Muslims and Non-Muslims. So if Non-Muslims started to buy Non-Halal products then those companies have more revenue and that additional cost will be removed there are less than 10% Muslims in this country. Having Halal Logo does not generate that much Revenue. That was proven for last few months.
    If you think Boycott Foods that Do not Have Halal Logo is OK. Then you can’t Argue that Boycott Foods that Have Halaal Logo is not OK. because Halal discrimination does not have any scientific theory.

    Under any circumstances we cannot justify Hatred towards any community. But Law and Order of this country should be secular , Sharia Law or any other Law specific to any religion should be banned.