CLOSING STATEMENT OF THE SPECIAL MEETING AGAINST NON-MUSLIM INTERFERENCE TO HALAAL ISSUES

June 13-14, 2015

Whereas:

  • Halal is a divine obligation based on Qur’an and Prophetic teachings.
  • The distinctive identity and characteristics of a Muslim outlined in Prophetic tradition is adherence to the precepts of Halal
  • The interpretation, standardization, regulation, governance and application of Halal is regarded as an act of worship.
  • All acts of worship are predicated on faith and belief
  • Freedom of thought, conscience and freedom of religion are moral norms granted by human rights principles.
  • Standardization Authorities of some countries and Unions have embarked on developing standards for Halal without regard to the Islamic Religious Sanctity of the entire Halal certification processes.
  • They have established technical committees for the development of the said standard in total disregard to the religious concerns being safeguarded by Recognized Halal certification and accreditation authorities worldwide.

Now therefore:
We, as concerned Muslims representing Halal Certification Bodies, Muslim Consumers and Religious Non-Governmental Organizations,

Declare that:

  • The religious affairs of a faith group vests exclusively with the adherents of that particular faith community
  • The crafting of Halal standards requires inter alia the skills of qualified Muslim theologians who possess in-depth knowledge of Islamic Law, which is based on Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma and Qiyas
  • Halal (Lawful) and Haram (Unlawful) are Islamic precepts that govern the entire life of a Muslim and are accordingly regulated by a deeply spiritual commitment
  • The verification and administration of Halal cannot be isolated from the notion of worship and therefore should not be reduced to a matter of mere technical compliance.
  • Halal Certification by non-Muslim entities is deemed null and void in terms of Islamic Law
  • Intervention by organs of a Secular or Non-Muslim State in the religious affairs of the Muslim community is an infringement of its religious liberties, freedom and consumer rights
  • Initiatives by Muslim governments to drag non-Muslim entities into Halal for any reason is unacceptable.
  • We will not accept the legitimacy and validity of any certification or citation aimed at the regulation of Halal by non-Muslims
  • We remind that Halal is a pure Islamic term and since we will never accept praying behind a non-Muslim, we will not accept Non-Muslims’ audits, inspections, testimonies, accreditations and certification pertaining to Halal and such certification documents that might be issued by non- Muslim entities will be rejected.
  • We will establish a committee with representatives from Islamic NGOs, HCBs and Muslim Consumer Organizations. This committee will address the Islamic organizations and Halal Certification Bodies which have not attended the conference with the aim of reviewing and reconsidering their position in order to speak with one voice against the interference of non-Muslims in Islamic affairs and to avoid discrepancies between Muslim Stakeholders.
  • We will embark on a mass awareness program alerting Muslim communities to the gross violation of their religious observances.
  • With the support of all Muslim Halal organizations, we will use all the legal ways to protect and defend our religious freedom and rights.

Thus done and endorsed by the following participated Muslim organizations on the 14th June 2015 in Istanbul:

  • Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society South AustraliaAustralia
  • AsidcomFrance
  • Association Halal VerifFrance
  • A Votre Service, AvsFrance
  • Azka HalalKuwait
  • Be HalalUK
  • Department Of Halal Certification IrelandIreland
  • European Supreme Halal CouncilLuxemburg
  • European Centre Of Halal Certification-GrGreece
  • French Union Of Muslim ConsumersFrance
  • Gimdes, Association For The Inspection And Certification Of Food And SuppliesTurkey
  • Halal Assure IpUK
  • Halal Certification AuthorityAustralia
  • Halal Certification CenterRussia
  • Halal Certification InstituteMacedonia
  • Halal Comitee – PortugalPortugal
  • Halal Development Foundation JapanJapan
  • Halal Food & Quality Of Islamic Center Of La VallSpain
  • Halal Institute Of PortugalPortugal
  • Halal ItaliaItaly
  • Halal Police FoundationNetherland
  • Halal Standardization Committee Of Centralized Religious OrganisationTatarstan
  • Hayrat AssociationTurkey
  • Het- Institute Of Halal Quality ControlDenmark
  • Institute For Standards Of Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia & Herzegovina
  • International Center For Halal Standardization And Certification Of Russia Mufties CouncilRussia
  • International Union Of Muslim Scholars (Iums)Libya
  • Islamic Council Of South AfricaSouth Africa
  • Islamic Da’wah Council Of The PhilippinesPhilippine
  • Islamic Society Of Washington AreaUSA
  • Islamic Council Of Norway, Halal Certification CommitteeNorway
  • Islamic Information, Documentation And CertificationAustria
  • Ismail Aga Fiqh Committee, TurkeyTurkey
  • Kuwait Institute For Scientific ResearchKuwait
  • MemursenTurkey
  • MusiadTurkey
  • Muslim Association In DenmarkDenmark
  • Muslim World LeagueKingdom Of Saudi Arabia
  • Nippon Asia Halal AssociationJapan
  • Halal Food International & ChilehalalChile
  • Rabia PlatformTurkey
  • South African National Halal Authority, SANHASouth Africa
  • Supreme Islamic Council Of Halal Meat In Australia Inc, SichmaAustralia
  • The Halal Catering ArgentinaArgentina
  • World Halal CouncilTurkey
  • World Muslim Consumers OrganizationMalaysia

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