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Muslims demand halaal answers

2012-01-24 18:07

Cape Town - Protesters in Athlone, Cape Town, demanded public access on Tuesday to the processes the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) follows in declaring meat halaal.

The small group, some of whom were People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) members, were outside the MJC offices to raise public awareness of the issue.

The protest was part of ongoing unhappiness in the Muslim community over halaal approval.

Last year, Cape Town meat distributor, Orion, approved by the MJC, was found to have pork in products that were labelled halaal. Pork is a food forbidden by Islamic law. The company later defended itself in court saying it was sabotaged.

The Orion debacle led to many Muslims now wanting to know what went wrong with the MJC's procedures.

Pagad spokesperson Cassiem Parker said on Tuesday the MJC had yet to explain to Muslims why it had failed at the Orion distribution centre.

"The MJC has not come to the Muslim public and explained to us where the holes in its scrutinisation of Halaal meat exists, or who the staff were that failed to do their job properly," Parker said.

"This is a service that the Muslim community is paying for and we want to know why it went wrong," he said.

Meanwhile Pagad was telling Muslims to treat meat with the MJC stamp as non-halaal.

"There are other Muslim authorities that consumers and suppliers can trust to approve halaal meat," he said.

The MJC had created a Facebook page and posted a video on YouTube in an attempt to clear its name. When asked to comment on the protest, the MJC referred to a media statement it issued in December.

In that statement, MJC secretary general Maulana Abdul Khaliq Allie said meat certified by the MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT) was halaal.

"The MJCHT consistently exerts itself in serving our community by exploring all possible avenues to ensure that imported food complies with strict halaal standards," Allie said.

"Those who have spread the seeds of doubt and created suspicion, division and dissension in the community, contradict the basic principles of Islam which guides us toward harmonious interaction and good, honest and truthful relations amongst humanity."

Comments
  • laven.subramoney - 2012-01-24 18:41

    Shame poor Muslims i wonder what they will do when they find out that their other loved fast foods have pork in it.....better to be safe Muslims become a vegan

      Reggie Van Der Bank - 2012-01-24 19:08

      Being vegen is stupid. And its not the point. If a muslim is eating mcdonalds then they not pure muslim. Like the idiot christian who chooses to judge and label. If ur goin to do something, do it properly!

      Phila Mtshali - 2012-01-24 19:08

      its a shame

      Reggie Van Der Bank - 2012-01-24 19:08

      Being vegen is stupid. And its not the point. If a muslim is eating mcdonalds then they not pure muslim. Like the idiot christian who chooses to judge and label. If ur goin to do something, do it properly!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-24 19:34

      @Reggie Van Der Bank, Personally I don't see the point of not eating pork.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-24 20:02

      Jeffrey: You're obviously not a pig.

  • careful once you are here you can not deregister - 2012-01-24 18:52

    one has to respect a persons religious customs so I can just imagine how terrible our Muslim fellowmen must feel hearing that there was Pork in that food. As far as I have experienced Muslim people have good moral rules and conduct better than people raised in the western way.Naturally all societies have good and bad but I think Muslim people do strive to live out what is preached.Not always easy to do for anyone in fact.

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-24 19:37

      Many things are preached in the name of Islam, and many of those things encourage violence against non-Muslims. Just see how tolerant Islam is in Muslim countries.

      bernpm - 2012-01-24 22:39

      Muslims I have met, keep telling me that Islam preaches peace. How does this peace has come over Nigeria?? If your faith dictates, you must eat halaal, make sure what you eat is halaal. If you delegate this to a commission, you give away control over a religious commitment. Take the risk that things might go wrong in the process.

  • Themba Hillsong - 2012-01-24 19:00

    Lol..what a headline!! "Halaal answers" not pork infested answers i guess.

      desertratbkf - 2012-01-24 19:57

      I lived in the Middle East for ten years! Have respect! What makes you f***8en right! I see a lot of people here of different cultures! You're not above anyone else! Get a life you wanna be's! BTW, I was brought up Christianic. I am NO better than anyone else! Get lives!

  • Nicole Mattar - 2012-01-24 19:15

    Pagad is back! Last time I heard they were declared a terrorist organization after blowing up The Planet Hollywood Restaurant. Hopefully they won't be blowong up this council or burning the secretary general alive!

  • Dan - 2012-01-24 19:28

    Everybody pays for the halaal certification, not only muslims. It is woven into the price of the goods, whether you like it or not.

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 19:40

      i never bought a halal product in my life, i buy my pig from trusted private butcherys lol

      junaid.adam1 - 2012-01-25 05:47

      in the same way you pay for kosher and the in the same way pick n pay and woolworths charge companies listing fees,yearly audit fees etc

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 10:30

      If I see the halaal sign I'm outa there.

  • Fanie - 2012-01-24 19:46

    The last time I heard is that we in South Africa are free to live out our religion the way each of us see it. If some of the Muslims want to eat halaal,that is their right. If they want to eat hamburgers, Kentucky or what ever, is also their right. All I am concerned with is that the Muslims I know are wonderful people. O by the way I am a Christian and I dont eat SNAILS.Ga, Ga.

  • Amien - 2012-01-24 19:51

    what a disgrace to mjc so was the e tv broadcast clouded........and why did why did mjc not respond to e tv?

  • Showerhead - 2012-01-24 19:53

    The pig is a reservoir for the worst pathogens known to man. It also consumes absolutely ANYTHING including faeces, carrion and human flesh. It's meat is high in colesterol and fat. Scientifically, it is more harmful than beneficial to the body.

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 20:00

      the pig i eat comes from a farm owned by a known mobster so i know the pig i get eats human flesh and bone only, also my dogs and i get dewormed the same time once a year :D

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-25 07:42

      @lindz.kok Are you talking about Brick-Top?

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-25 08:59

      the one and only, he got shot tho lol i think i had some brick top in my meat tho lol

  • Whitty - 2012-01-24 20:11

    Good on you Muslims, I do not eat pork too just because it looks like terrebleblanches thighs.MH! SIES!

      desertratbkf - 2012-01-24 20:18

      Its a disgusting thing, and I am not a Muslim or a Jew. its just outright disgusting!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 10:32

      Pork sossies are awesome on a braai, what's wrong with you okes.

  • desertratbkf - 2012-01-24 21:19

    Does anybody here, besides the Muslims, know what Halal "actually is?" Before jusdging on KFC and Mc Donalds is, get your facts right!!! here in the Western Cape, there are certificates of Halal fast food joints, where Muslims can decide where they choose to eat. This filthy vermin, selling stuff under the Halal sign, are getting away with it! If you all were Jews, what would you all have to say? They also dont eat pig! I am supposedly Christian, and even i don't eat the filthy things! Have you seen what they eat?

      Lucy - 2012-01-25 10:41

      Do you eat crayfish?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-07-31 10:38

      Er Bradley have you ever actually been to a farm? I grew up on one. Our pigs were fed mostly from left over organic matter, as a treat we used to give them eggs if there was surplus. Most farmers feed them left over organic matter, or literally leftovers from lunch and dinner from the farm house because it's the cheapest thing to feed them. Commercial farmers usually feed them a specially made swine feed. Commercial farms are also highly regulated and have to stick to strict health standards... so you're talking absolute rubbish.

      eddie.rocher - 2012-08-02 12:43

      Do you eat fish? Must see what they eat in the sea

  • desertratbkf - 2012-01-24 21:22

    Of course, the comments above are from you lot that have not crossed the boerewors curtain! Stay up north! Singular cell organisms! One more brain cell you'd bark!

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 23:26

      ahw shame you poor over sencitive bastard, learn to laugh once in a while and stop condeming.

  • KReddy - 2012-01-24 21:54

    Maybe julius should answer.....

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-01-25 07:26

    Oh NO not again with the Halaal Pork story.........how do Muslims know whether the food they consume is Halaal anyway? Because of some stamp by the MJC......What a joke.....how do they know they consumed PORK if their religion forbids them from eating PORK........They should not know what PORK tastes like or even look like........LEAVE MY PORK ALONE!!!!!

      Ashley - 2012-01-25 08:22

      well, they enjoyed eating it! mmmmmmmm, can i have more please.....

  • John - 2012-01-25 12:40

    Pagad.... The self appointed protector of the people....

  • Myna - 2012-01-25 14:43

    Nokokuba bayityile inyama bengayazi.isidima,namasiko, bawasengelephantsi ?

  • romano.changane - 2012-03-13 12:11

    twas tasty while it lasted , its all pink inside..

  • mary.pedroso.5 - 2012-07-31 11:02

    WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,WE ARE MUSLIM WE DEMAND DEMAND DEMAND...WE HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING BUT ISLAM,

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