Monday, May 20, 2013

Halal mark a must for all food products in UAE |

Halal mark a must for all food products in UAE |

Comment written by me to publish.
No one can over step the rulings of the Holy Quran. Allah had made orders to the man kind to make their lives easy and secure; He adopted different ways when making rulings, Wedding, Iddah. Liquor, Gambling, Riba.

In wedding He Had given lists of Halal and Haram to avoid wrong Marriages and create unpleasant occurrences to the children and as well as the parents and the societies.  Clear rules had been given on Iddah with prohibitions. Liqour and Gambling , He had said some good of them and its cause of major sins. Riba of course He had given Definition what is Riba to make easy to decide without minimum doubt. In food, He considered the existence of mankind and given rulings and listed the Haram to make very easier with exemptions.

Food: He considered the absolute need and make all foods halal in the verse 2:168. It says, ‘O ye people! Eat of what is on earth, Lawful and good; and do not follow the footsteps of the evil one, for he is to you an avowed enemy.’ (Yoosuf Ali).

2:172 - O ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to Allah, if it is Him ye worship.

He also says in some verses which are not lawful and not clean to easily make sure of the eligibility to consume. The following verse 173 says the prohibitions (Haram).’ He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity, without willful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.’

In Sura 5:3, Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
In 6:145 and 146,  Allah has given additional guidance to insist His orders on flesh of swine. 6:146 says the prohibition as, Say: "I find not in the message received by me by inspiration any (meat) forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be dead meat, or blood poured forth, or the flesh of swine,- for it is an abomination - or, what is impious, (meat) on which a name has been invoked, other than Allah's". But (even so), if a person is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- thy Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

6:146 - For those who followed the Jewish Law, We forbade every (animal) with undivided hoof, and We forbade them that fat of the ox and the sheep, except what adheres to their backs or their entrails, or is mixed up with a bone: this in recompense for their wilful disobedience: for We are true (in Our ordinances).
Above verse is a clear proof of deciding which is haram and halal. While Ox and Sheep made as halal, its fat had been forbid with exceptions. This is very clear indisputable guidance to decide that flesh of swine only made haram by Allah.

If this is cleared, there won’t be any dispute in choosing halal food as per Quran. In the mean time we cannot avoid the exceptions given by Allah. In all verses on haram food He allows exceptions as if a person is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- thy Lord is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

Even any chemicals used to preserve the meals to the human needs, it cannot be treated as wilful transgress. It’s an indirect force, and which cannot be avoided in the process of preserving the foods.

We use chlorine to purify the water. Actually chlorine is poisonous if it is consumed raw.  All dangerous foods are haram. But in certain limit it helps to purify the water for healthy living.
As I said earlier, we cannot go against Allah’s will. It leads to even Shirk. See what Allah says in 10.59 - Say: "See ye what things Allah hath sent down to you for sustenance? Yet ye hold forbidden some things thereof and (some things) lawful." Say: "Hath Allah indeed permitted you, or do ye invent (things) to attribute to Allah?"

The above verse is very clear in making any food haram by our own ruling and printing Halal Marks make leads to Shirk. 

2:174 -Those who conceal Allah's revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit,- they swallow into themselves naught but Fire; Allah will not address them on the Day of Resurrection. Nor purify them: Grievous will be their penalty.

2:176 -(Their doom is) because Allah sent down the Book in truth but those who seek causes of dispute in the Book are in a schism Far (from the purpose).

The precedence of printing Halal Stamps will definitely create dangerous phenomena of consuming the prohibited foods by seeing and deciding by the Stamps affixed on packets. Any one print forged Halal Stamps on prohibited food items and circulates for sale.

The better way is to make all the Ummah to have knowledge about the prohibitions in the foods clearly,  which is Allah’s sunnah also. Following Allah orders is not a social problem, but individual one. Everyone has to answer what they did in this world. No one could save the Muslims. It is Allah to save His believers. No one could provide guidance other than Holy Quran. Even our Prophet (sal ) followed the Quran only.

All rulings are expected to be given from the Quran only. 4:105 says, ‘We have sent down to thee the Book in truth, that thou mightiest judge between men, as guided by Allah: so be not (used) as an advocate by those who betray their trust;’ See also 5:45, which says,  ‘… and if any fail to judge by what Allah hath revealed, they are wrong doers.’

The duty of the Government is to check and confirm the ingredients used in the containers and the packets contain food for the easy use of the consumers without doubt.  The Government may ask the producers to print PORK FREE, printing Cholesterol Free, Sugar Free, Fat Free etc., on their respective products which will be lawful, and could be punished and banned such products if anyone over stepped.


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