HALAAL PORK: OUR SILENCE WILL RUIN US By Abu Mujaahidah
HALAAL PORK: OUR SILENCE WILL RUIN US.
It has become necessary I write at this point today; 17th of May, 2019. It has been a while I have written, but this issue cannot wait, as it is a matter of urgency.
What has befallen the Ummah as a result of her silence is unquantifiably alarming. The Ummah has deteriorated so much that I cannot help but remember the Hadith of the prophet on Muslims regarding fear of death at the end of time…
Our silence on issues that should be urgently treated and nibbed in the bud will only make it seem like those issues are common and normal. This will do no help rather than make things worse for Muslims. The recent picture of pork product that has حلال on it must be treated and never trivialized. It is no longer news that Muslims don’t eat pork — even a mad man should know that. So how on earth should a company ( B.W. LIMITED) engrave on its pork product the word HALAAL to lure Muslims into buying it. This has only shown how unmonitored the use of the logo has been despite its importance to the Muslim community. Suffice to say that the body that looks into the Islamic dietary laws in Nigeria is weak or non-existent.
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(God). 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. (Qur’an Chapter 5, verse 3).
All what a Muslim must not eat is explicit in the long verse and no individual or a group should feed us with what we are not permitted to consume by our maker.
If not that the world has turned upside down, the world should be populated by pigs for non consumption. It is registered in the Jewish dietary laws which known as kashrut that pork is Haram to consume by them too. Even the Christians are strongly warned not only from eating it but also not to touch it too.
”And the pig, because it has a split hoof, but does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You shall neither eat of their flesh nor touch their carcass.” — Deuteronomy 14:8
The case of B.W FOODS LIMITED endorsing its “pork leg” as حلال is going to be a blessing in disguise In Sha Allaah. We know there are lots of products which are not fit for Muslim consumption but find HALAAL endorsement so easy that they have it engraved on their packs. Of course they know it will appeal to the Muslims. This happens so often in Nigeria and this case of The Meat Embassy is a clear proof.
In the entire European Union, the unified adopted codes of E-series for additives and food ingredients is well established. Muslims can go as far as studying these codes to know which ones are Haraam and which are Halaal while they make their choices. Ignorance might not be a tenable excuse when we meet our maker on the last day. It should be established that some pork products would not carry pork on them rather a code which of course would not be noticed since we do not know what they connote so it behoves us to research and get to know what we consume. When we see codes like; E120, E441, E542, E904 then you should be wary of the products as those are from Animal origins which could largely come from pork. In sha Allaah, I will write more comprehensive article on this soon in time to come.
As a certified animal scientist, I know we should be wary and extremely conservative about what we consume. I can postulate that we die more from what we consume. What kills a man majorly is from what goes into his mouth.
The entire Muslim Ummah condemned the malevolent act of this company ; B.W. FOOD LIMITED which is maliciously luring Muslim consumers into buying its haraam products by making it appealing to them in order to induce their patronage.
Conclusively, I advise every Muslim to apply extra care when making their choices in stores until a day we will get assurance from the different agencies that it is fully safe to buy حلال certified products ( when it is engraved on the pack). We shall as Ummah not relent in steering them as well to do their jobs well.
At the time of writing this piece, different agencies and bodies have been alerted about this grossly unacceptable illicit occurrence and efforts is being made to curb it.
Standard Organization of Nigeria ( SON )
National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control ( NAFDAC )
Halaal Standard Development Trust
The House of Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
The Consumer Protection Unit
The entire Muslim Ummah.
— Abu Mujaahidah
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