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Palestine: Remains of 85 Palestinians located under rubble of bombarded homes

Palestine: Ten Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

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Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

Halal food contamination product of greed and ambiguity

31st Mar 2013

Sir, The real problem revealed by the reported contamination of pies described as ‘Halal’ with pork DNA lies with us. As British Muslims, we generally demand far more meat than is either necessary or healthy for us. As a result of our greed, coupled with a desire not to feel guilty about it, an industry has sprung up, run by Muslims who make money out of selling certificates which claim to ensure that the output of a given manufacturer will be Halal until some future date.

The fact is that, amongst the things forbidden by the Prophet are the sales of goods which one does not possess or, in the case of agricultural produce, until the quality of the crop clearly visible. The Halal certifiers, by focusing on the minutiae of butchers and blades employed at the time of their year inspection, appear to have forgotten these basic principles of the Shari’a. It is not the job of a government agency such as the FSA to regulate our unhealthy appetite for animal protein.

If our meat is contaminated, then we have only ourselves to blame.


Roderic Vassie

Via Email

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