The Third Halal Gulf Conference on the Halal Industry was held in Kuwait under the auspices of His Excellency Dr Naif Ajaj Al-Ajmi, Minister of Justice and of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs(from 12-15 May).
DHC (Department of Halal Certification) was invited to represent the Irish Halal Industry.Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri, Imam of the Islamic Centre and Director of DHC, represented the DHC in the Conference
The Conference on the Halal Industry and Services focused on recommendations to reduce reliance on imported meat and instead develop needed infrastructure and legislation’s to contribute in ensuring success to the industry. Participants in the three-day gathering called for improving understanding of consensus between Sharia (Islamic law) interpretation and scientific evidence. The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the organiser of the Gulf Halal Conference, called for establishing a scientific research centre to share views on technical and jurisprudence issues and other developments relating to the Halal industry.
Halal Gulf conference 2014 included 2 workshops on:
An Intensive Training Course :
In Controlling Critical Points In The Halal Industry And Its Services.
A Prerequisite of Halal Lead Auditor
KISR workshop :
The Halal Industry between Religious Awareness & Trade Opportunities.
Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri advised during the conference that the way forward is to unite under the banner of the Prophetic method of Zabiha and said ‘that this was a historical event which has United the ummah under the banner of Halal and Tayyib ‘en.
Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri advised the GCC to have adopt the Prophetic standard and not accept meat that is stunned. As the Middle East is one of the biggest market for Western Meat Export industry, they will be forced to accept non stunning.
Shaykh reminded the Conference that the West is using the Arab world as an example of acceptance of pre stun product’s for consumption of halal in return this example is used to ban or further restrict the production of Zabiha (the Islamic humane process for food) under the pre text that the Prophetic method is cruel and barbaric for the welfare of animal’s.
Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri also said that this was a wake up call for the Muslim world to Unite and avoid the import of doubtful halal meat and products which endorse un Islamic method for slaughter. Shaykh Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri further advised that if the GCC would still permit import of stunned meat , all meat products need then honest labelling with regards to stunning (method of stun Shot in the head, Electrocuted, or drowned or gassed) or not stun for clarity so that the halal consumers can make an informed choice.
The conference concluded by honouring Dr Hani Al-Mazeedi with title of Halal Ambassador for his commitment and passion in developing the halal industry in line with sharia jurisprudence for the past 30 years.