Halal as a concept only exists because of Sharia Law. If there was no Islamic Sharia Law there would be no such thing as halal. “Halal” is simply a word that means lawful or permissible. There is no problem with Muslims eating halal food in this or any other country. The problem with halal certification is that producers pay fees to claim a product is “halal”.
It It is both amusing and frustrating when we hear companies and Muslims alike trying to convince us halal certification is not about Sharia Law, or that the money raised is not about promoting Islam in Australia.
Have a look at the constitution of Supreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat on Australia (S.I.C.H.M.A)
Under point 2 titled “Objects of the Organisation” it states: “The Organisation shall be a non-profit RELIGIOUS organisation DEDICATED to the PROMOTION of the Islamic religion, culture and principles.” Their words, not mine (although I capitalised some to make a point).
It goes on to state that the objectives are to prepare halal meat “strictly to Islamic Sharia”.
The Islamic Council of Queensland confirms this by stating: “Islam is not a mere religion. It is a way of life with rules and manners governing every facet of life. Since food is an important part of daily life, food laws carry a special significance.” They also spell out that the concept of halal in Islam has very specific motives. Among them is to preserve the purity of the (Islamic) religion.
Under sub-headings of the S.C.H.I.M.A Constitution it says the resources, in other words profits, will be used, “to unify Muslims of Australia from diverse backgrounds for the cause of Islamic dawah”. This basically means they will fund activities that preach and proselytise for the purpose of gaining converts to Islam.
Directly under that it says the profits made from halal certifying of meat will be used to “implement a system of Islamic education”. This means schools for Muslims where they are taught Sharia Law.
S.C.H.I.M.A is not alone in these objectives. The Islamic Council of WA uses its profits to make, “…ongoing donations to Syria. Because of the difficult civil conditions, the donations were made through “Al Imdaad” charity, to ensure that no recriminations could be directed at ICWA”. What recriminations could there be?
Australia Halal Food Services states on its website, “….the money raised goes to nurturing and educating Muslim minds”.
Halal Australia is a little more vague when it says the profits go toward, “our obligation to serve the community within social, educational and charitable activities”. I think we can assume that means Islamic education and charities.
It is time people woke up. Australia is a free country and Muslims should be able to eat halal food. Our objection is having it imposed on us and being required to fund it!
And for those who want to jump up and down and start name calling, I will include a comment posted by a supporter on our facebook page, it is absolutely spot on!
“If I choose to purchase an Australian product instead of a Chinese product, no media will call me a bully or a racist. If I choose a local product over an interstate product, no media will call me a bigot. If I choose cruelty-free over factory-farming, no media will write an article calling me intolerant. I’m free to read labels and make a choice. But when I choose not to fund the halal industry, I’m a bully, a racist, a bigot etc, etc, etc. My money, my choice? Only when it suits the media.”
So where is the money coming from to preach and promote Islam? Your grocery purchases, that’s where.
Where is the money coming from to build more Islamic schools in Australia? Your Christmas turkey and this weekend’s BBQ meat.
How are Islamic “charities” being funded? With your breakfast cereals, chocolate bars, bread, milk, cosmetics etc… and where exactly does that money get distributed?
Seriously friends, is it really the role of the Australian family to fund and advance the doctrine of Islam with their everyday grocery purchases?