ACJU has no right to issue halal certificates: JHU

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The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said yesterday the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJ) had not obtained any legal rights based on the Qur’an or from the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to issue Halal certificates.

JHU parliamentarian and Minister Champika Ranawaka told a news conference some 20 per cent of the market had shown a decline because of the Halal controversy which is raging in Sri Lanka.

“Islamic dietary guidelines have been laid out in 2:173 of Sura al-Baqarah the second chapter of the Al Qur'an, which forbids the consumption of dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah as food. Other than the above there are no other citations in the Al Qur’an on the classification of food as Halal or Haram. However the Qur’anic text is flexible enough to grant permission to consume the forbidden matter by whoever is forced by circumstances,” he said.  

Commenting on the initiative of the ACJU, the minister said the ACJU was incorporated by an act of parliament as recently as August 18, 2000.

He said ACJU was established as a religious body of Islamic theologians to provide religious and community leadership to the Sri Lankan Muslim Community. It is only in Sri Lanka where a group of theologians are issuing Halal certificates.

The minister said it was forbidden for theologians to sell certificates for money according to the 2:174 of Sura al-Baqarah while the CAA had also stated that the ACJU had no legal rights to issue Halal certificates.

“Anyone can perform social welfare activities through some volunteer service to society but no one has a right to establish entities to set standards or issue certificates. No person or organization has legitimate power to perform such practices except the Sri Lanka Standards Institute or the Consumer Affairs Authority. It is obvious that the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama has clearly surpassed the limits of the mandate granted to it by the relevant Act of Parliament,” the minister said.

The JHU also challenged the ACJU to prove that it had been acting according to the teachings of the Qur'an and said the ACJU was deceiving and cheating Sri Lankans for so long. (Jayashika Padmasiri)
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  • Maxxa Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:15 PM

    leel....then the guy u describe should have guided you from all the problems..thats why sri lanka has no problem at all and wonder of asia!!!

    Hadi Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:10 AM

    Even the devil can quote th scriptures.

    Maxxa Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:17 PM

    lolzzzz

    Wimal says Thursday, 07 March 2013 01:08 PM

    Who gave Champika the right to protest against a parlimentary act?

    Wimal says Thursday, 07 March 2013 01:12 PM

    This is proof that politics can make even an engineer a fool.

    Fayad Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:20 AM

    If 2894 views: are available why not publish few good ones to highlight the racist of the calibre of Ranawaka who uses the religion for his political agenda

    concerned citizen Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    i dont understand why our politicians want to create such a big issue. via DM Android App

    Shafraz Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:34 AM

    Thanks for free advertising on Islamic matters. LoL

    Raj Kapoor Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:21 AM

    Greece Yaka stopped b'se some Yakas were sent to hell by choppiung off....

    Citi Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:25 AM

    What he said not thr is obviously thr in those versea.. Champika is educated without brains it seems..

    Ann Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:14 AM

    Even twist them to suit his requirement

    IRS Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Politicians like you are been cheating every single sri lankan for decades. we have a lot more to concentrate or fight against. No body have come forward to stand against for sexual abuses for example, where most of your woman facing. if you dont have a backbone to stand against for but trying to beat a minority. Miracle of asia. via DM Android App

    hinganarathna Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:34 PM

    ha ha ha good one. but the problem is you wont feel him, he is too weak.

    Fayad Thursday, 07 March 2013 07:31 AM

    Then JHU can issue halal certificates

    Rataviruwo Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:21 AM

    Mr Champika After Taking Over the New Ministry Seems to be having lot of free time, More press conferences on HALAL than on his new portfolio.

    Loki Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:47 AM

    What on earth are they talking about? so JHU knows more about Islam than Muslims themselves? give me a break!!

    Galle Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:52 PM

    Once Sinhalese were the most eductaed society in South Asia now with poor politicians they go backward

    ind Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:25 AM

    OK, you can take a break !!

    kay parker Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:51 AM

    Greece Yaka is over .... now Halal Issue ..... uneducated people are busy talking about this. When the country is loosing Visa

    stupid Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    super! via DM Android App

    Ahmed Malik Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    he is try to become an ulama. via DM Android App

    sri lankan Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    its audited by accountants n submitted to goverment as non profit organzisation. so jhu has to look into there accounts if they are making profits. its a fee for a service. not selling. b educated. loosing 20% market share is alot for the start. this isnt a big issue people are just making it big with unncessary topics. via DM Android App

    Saradial Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:07 AM

    If ACJU has no rights to issue certificate under Sri Lankan why don't you challenge them in courts?

    Widya Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Well said. you are the future leader for Sinhalese. Currently we don't have a person in our government who work for the country, nation and Buddhism in mind. via DM Android App

    klk Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:09 AM

    wow, this is some eye-opening, rational stuff. thank you for enlightening us.

    Tridax Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:42 AM

    IDLE MIND IS A DEVIL'S WORKSHOP. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

    john Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:11 AM

    nice

    Ravi Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:31 AM

    He is graduated as an engineer and now politician! It is bit strange combination! He is definitely a hardliner like most hardliners, he also cannot think outside box. What a waste of his education!

    Villager Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:11 AM

    Why still the fuss, the ACJU has already told the govt to take over the issuance of Halal certificates.. Matter is over...

    Patnall Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:27 PM

    If each one mind their own business there wion't be any problem in this country. What is the right JHU has to talk about halal. Let them talk only about Hela.

    Nazleaf Thursday, 07 March 2013 05:33 PM

    Hahaha dah. Wt he meant was nt a break given by a commenter

    Muba Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Dude there is really more problems than halal in this country.we know how big liar and cheater you are.. via DM Android App

    Farzan Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:47 AM

    Dear Minister ( I doubt), you may be an educated ...... It doesn't necessarily mean you read and understand all the scriptures in the world. Please grow...

    ANTON Thursday, 07 March 2013 06:05 AM

    I THINK PORK AND BALAYA FISH SUPPLIED TO THE PARLIAMENT ARE HALAL CERTIFIED.

    dIREsTRAITS Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:49 AM

    keep thinking... you need it!

    leel Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:41 AM

    If this guy, you described capable of giving guidance then matter would have been solved by now.

    Van der Merwe Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:59 AM

    No point. You all are fast asleep while your eyes are wide open. this champika fellow has nothing to do but to promoting racial violences to safeguard his popularity among uneducated.

    Porky Friday, 08 March 2013 04:11 AM

    What is the problem? Any organisation may 'endorse and offer' its support to a product. The 'Heart Foundation' endorses certain products; the 'Eco Foundations' and 'Green' organisations endorse products. The consumer is free to be guided by the endorsements or not. It is a free market. It is up to the consumer to decide on whether he should consume products marked 'Halal'. If however the endorsements are misleading, then the organisation may be charged for misleading the public.

    rehan Thursday, 07 March 2013 02:22 PM

    DOES THE MINISTER WORK AS A PUBLIC SERVANT FOR FREE.........................PADI MADIWATA YTING UTH SOMETHING SOMETHING

    Farhan Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:13 PM

    I dont know how to explain to minister, I think he is educated but not well educated. poor minded. Want to double confirm with minister. Do you really want us to prove. if we prove will you be able to take over our Hallal Insurance.. Please..

    geetha anty Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:23 AM

    champika give me a call ok

    Mohamed Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Its good JHU and most of them reading Quran and trying to follow the correct way of life. May god bless them to have good faith and unity in Sri Lanka. via DM Android App

    DOTS Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:49 AM

    9/11 made Americans to read quran , Halal dispute made non Muslims to learn about Islam to provide counter information & Muslims in Sri Lanka to learn about Buddhism to counter the other .
    It is good now that Buddhism and Islam is widely read in Lanka !!

    adrian Thursday, 07 March 2013 04:50 AM

    May the Almighty give you guidance

    tin tin Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    i thought this was over. he is trying to start it again ha. if illigal go to the courts or why doesn't the government stop them. as said he seems to have lot of free time via DM Android App

    Faruae Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    ACJU already said the government to take over issuing halal certificate. What the hell JHU want now? via DM Android App

    AJ-DXB Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Champi, get a life via DM Android App

    lovesri Thursday, 07 March 2013 12:53 PM

    Patta please read all these comments

    lovesri Thursday, 07 March 2013 03:50 PM

    This made me to rethink about my decision of becoming a politician


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