Phew! It’s very bloody hot around here. I know it’s not the weather, so it must be that halal certified curry I just ate. Golly, something tastes very funny with my Mussaman beef and my Vegemite too, and my Cadbury's chocolate bars... and all my Nestle stuff!
From the Qur’an: “And say not concerning that which your tongue says falsely: ‘This is Halal and this is Haram’, so as to invent lies against Allah. Verily, those who invent lies against Allah will never prosper... A passing brief enjoyment (will be theirs), but they will have a painful torment.” (16:116-117)
Indonesia has a population of around 237 million people. It has the largest number of Muslims of any country in the world and is home to 13% of the world’s entire Muslim population. It also happens to be our nearest neighbour and a lucrative export market.
Islamic leaders are becoming louder in their criticism of halal certification, likening it to a Satan-inspired money grubbing scam that jettisons the Islamic faith. It has caused particular angst among Muslim elders in Africa, Indonesia, Australia and elsewhere.
If we are to defeat and eradicate the ballooning number of halal certifiers who prey on our stupidity then our greatest allies will be Muslims themselves.
The ‘Get Rich’ halal certifiers are now on the back foot. Consumers and Islamic scholars are pushing back against the halal moneymen. Politicians are listening to angry constituents. The issue is a hot topic on the public airwaves, online and in our Federal Parliament.
A mostly clueless, lazy and uninformed media lies asleep at the wheel, waking up occasionally to contrive shock-and-awe at every wink, mispronunciation or twitch of Tony Abbott. In the meantime, the biggest scam ever to involve every Australian - Muslims and non-Muslims alike– is allowed to proliferate right under the media’s snoring nose.
Australia has had as many as 55 recognised halal certifiers (permitted by the grace and arrangement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). We currently have 33 halal certifiers which have formed into two main groups:
Purveyors of halal certification use this threat to the Federal Government: “If you politicians touch our halal certification gold mine then we will destroy your meat export markets and with them, Australian jobs.” And I guess that’s why Barnaby Joyce refuses to return my phone calls.
If the general public wasn’t forced to pay a food tax, with their money going to unknown Islamic causes in a highly-charged global and domestic environment, there wouldn’t be this level of outrage. The certifying scamsters claim that consumer objection is all about halal food. Not so!