Comment on KHALEEJ TIMES
Buddhist party for ban on halal food
Muslims of this country were enjoying their Halal meals without any difficulty or hindrance. Almost all meat stalls are run by Muslims only. This is in practice from the inception of Islam in this country and the Haram is known worldwide.
Few years ago some mischief makers introduced the Halal Stamps on their own to increase their business and with a hidden agenda of make the Muslims to rely mainly on the Halal stamps to choose their Halal Foods. The agenda is working very well and the Prohibited Pork (Flesh of Swine) is sold out in super markets with Halal Stamps.
Those days, before Halal Stamps, people were concerned on avoiding Haram. Now the trend is changed and all had been trapped by HALAL STAMPS. This is the victory of those introduced the Halal Stamps to misguide the Muslim mass and depend them on Halal Stamps.
Allah has not given anyone to give certificates to the meals He provided as Halal except the four as per Quran 16:115 etc.
Another danger is, pure food without Halal Stamps are being considered as Haram. This is total rejection of Holy Quran. See HQ 42:21. Again the same is stamped as Halal after buying the Halal Certificate. Here the money or the issuing authority takes power of Allah. This is ‘Shirk’.
Hence, the verse of the Holy Quran rejects defining Haram and Halal. 16:116 - “But say not - for any false thing that your images tongues may put forth- , ‘This is for lawful, and this is forbidden’ so as to ascribe FALSE THINGS TO Allah. For those who ascribe false things to Allah, will never prosper.” – That is what happening to THE Sri Lanka Muslims under the (mis) guidance of ACJU.
All these problems, misunderstanding and protest arose escalated after the issuance of the Halal Certificate by ACJU only. Their main question is, why should the Non-Muslim people pay more money for the foods, as because of payment to obtain Halal Certificates and permission to print Halal Mark Stamps to the product from ACJU?
The Quranic Sharia of Halal and Haram are purely for Muslim Individuals and not for Community as a whole. Holy Quran 16:115 – He has only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and any (food) over which the name of other than Allan has been invoked. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits, - Then Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. For an example of compulsion: Chlorine, used for the Purification of water is harmful if consumed. The same is applicable to the preservatives as well.
Non-Muslim producers of food have to pay a huge amount of money as per their turn over, increase the cost of product and, that has been imposed on Non-Muslim consumers. Their question is why should we pay for food consume by Muslims as halal and why should we eat their food recommended by their religion. And also they ask is will the Muslims drink water, if we give a water bottle with a Pririth thread?
If we expect the Non-Muslims to buy the food with Halal Stamps, why should they expect their things to be bought and consumed by Muslims?
This is why Allah ask us to refrain from imposing compulsion on others. Holy Quran 2:256- Let there be NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION.