Essays by the halaal foundation pakistan
Halaal certification has spread all over the world, and hundreds of organizations are working in this field. The growth of this field, especially in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa and GCC countries, can be well understood by the fact that many accreditation organizations have
also been launched just to unite all the Halaal certification bodies under one umbrella.
Halaal certification bodies include both registered and non-registered. Some of them are really desirous to spread Halaal products among Muslim consumers and protect them from Haraam, but some people and organizations are active here because they take it to be a profitable business. The main evidence of it is that non-Muslim organizations, apart from the Muslim organizations, have also affixed “Halaal Certification” to their “Food Safety Certification” even though the issue of Halaal and Haraam does no really concern them.
According to the Islamic law, “Halaal and “Haraam” belong to religious matters (Diyanaat) in which information from a non-Muslim or a dissolute Muslim (Faasiq) is not deemed reliable. In spite of that, some Muslim food manufacturers are getting their companies Halaal certified by such bodies just for gaining “Halaal” logo.
Anyhow, some statistics of Halaal Certification bodies, regardless of being reliable or not, are as under:
According to IHI Alliance (International Halaal Integrity Alliance), an organization which endeavors to unite all Halaal certification bodies under one roof, there are more than 300 Halaal certification bodies all over the world, and 33% of them are legally registered.
Generally, Halaal organizations are more in those countries where Muslims live as a minority. Hence, there are 14 Halaal certification bodies in America, 7 in England, 7 in Australia, 4 in Canada, 6 in South Africa, 3 in Vietnam, 2 in Netherland, 2 in Germany and 2 in Brazil.
The ratio of Halaal certification bodies with respect to continents is as under:
Organizations Trying to Unite Halaal Certification Bodies:
Several organizations have come into being to pioneer streamlining the Halaal certification bodies. Among them, JAKIM (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, GCC (Gulf cooperation Council), IHI Alliance (International Halaal Integrity alliance) and MUI (Majlis Ulama Indonesia) are notable. They all have developed their own Halaal Certification Standards according to which they recognize Halaal certification bodies from all around the world.
Until now, the recognized Halaal certification bodies by the above-mentioned Malaysian organization are 50, by MUI 33, and by GCC 52.
Some of these recognized Halaal certification bodies are recognized either by one or two of the three accreditation organizations mentioned above while some of them are recognized by three of them. Thus, 25 Halaal Certification Bodies are recognized by both Malaysia and Indonesia, 23 are recognized by both Malaysia and GCC and 16 are recognized by both Indonesia and GCC.
However, 14 Halaal certification bodies are recognized by three _ Malaysia, Indonesia and GCC. It may be said that these 14 bodies are known worldwide. Their names and countries of their origin are listed hereunder:
|S. No||Country||Halaal Certification Organizations Recognized by Malaysia, Indonesia and GCC|
|1||Australia||Australian Halaal Food Services (AHFS)|
|2||Australia||Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society of South Australia|
|3||Australia||Islamic Association of Katanning Inc.|
|4||Australia||Islamic Co-ordinating Council of Victoria (ICCV)|
|5||Australia||The Australian Federation of Islamic Council (AFIC)|
|6||Australia||The Perth Mosque of Western Australia Inc.|
|7||Netherland||Control Office of Halaal Slaughtering & Halaal Quality Control|
|8||New Zealand||Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ)|
|9||Philippines||Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines (IDCP|
|10||Singapore||Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS)|
|11||South Africa||South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA)|
|12||Thailand||The Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT)|
|13||America||Islamic Food and Nutritional Council of America (IFANCA)|
|14||America||Islamic Services of America (ISA)|
Some Important Steps Taken by OIC Regarding Halaal Certification:
In addition to all the accreditation bodies of different countries that endeavored to unite Halaal certification bodies, OIC has also started its campaign to unite all the Halaal certification bodies spread all over the world under one standard. It has taken the following steps in this regard:
- Firstly, OIC has nominated ICCI (Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry) as its representative for Halaal, which chose the IHI (International Halaal Integrity Alliance) as a central body and asked it to unite all Halaal certification bodies all over the world.
- Secondly, it recommended the COSMEC (the Standing Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation) for the development of Halaal standards. This committee, then, formed an organization, called SMIIC (Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries) for the development of Halaal standards.
- SMIIC developed the following three standards for Halaal in 2011.
- OIC/SMIIC 1:2011, General Guidelines on Halaal Food.
- OIC/SMIIC 2:2011, Guidelines for Bodies Providing Halaal Certification.
- OIC/SMIIC 3, 2011, Guidelines for the Accreditation Body Accrediting Halaal Certification Bodies.