Halal Science Awareness Programme 2.0

Malaysia was recognized as the world’s leading Halal Hub. Consuming Halal food is an essential part of the Islamic faith and is an order of Allah. Halal in Arabic means ‘permissible’ and adheres to Islamic law1. The permission of the lord of all existence, Allah (S.W.T) command Muslims and all people to consume Halal products in the Quran. The examples of such verses are: “O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth (that is) lawful and pure” (Holy Quran 2:168), “So eat of that (meat) upon which Allah’s name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His verses” (Holy Quran 6:118). Halal Food will be the biggest step to ensure the heart (spirit) and body to live healthy and prosperity to emerge. The opposite for Halal is Haram. Haram which Allah and the Prophet have completely and specifically forbidden1. Engaging in an act that is Haram (i.e. eating food like pork, drinking alcohol) would lead to punishment in the Akhirat.

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Halal Scientific Awareness Program towards Creating Awareness on the Importance of Halal Science as Part of Halal Certification

As a progressive and modern Islamic nation, Malaysia has been spearheading the halal industry for the benefit of Muslims and non-Muslim around the globe. Being the pioneer in halal certification, Malaysia ensures the integrity of halal products and services through strict compliance with syariah requirements whilst still being business focused. Halal has now emerged as one of the fastest growing business sectors in the world. The global halal market is reported to be worth more than USD3.0 trillion currently and the value of halal food sector is reaching USD700 billion annually. The non-food sector is much bigger, and includes chemicals, healthcare, cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceuticals. In other words, Malaysia is moving into a larger realm of Halal Economy, a value based economy rooted in trust, integrity and fairness.

In the past few years, the concern on fraud and adulterant in food and non-food manufacturing on halal labelling as well as safety and quality control has become a great concern worldwide. A few case studies for the last few years such as the issue of a butter- contained product and chocolate bar were found contaminated with porcine has become an eye opener to the Muslim consumer worldwide. The issue has led to a great impact on the Malaysian economy especially for small & medium entrepreneurs. Ironically, these products were announced as HARAM in certain countries but in other part of Muslim countries were announced as HALAL to consumer. Why there are such discrepancies in Halal standard among these Muslim countries? The main reason is related to the non-harmonious of validated standard reference method used by halal analysis practitioner. The increase of awareness on labelling, safety and quality control of consumer product has driven the needs of establishment of an international reference scientific method in determination of the halal status of a product.

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