Peaceful coexistence more important than Halal-ACJU

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The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) told the media today that peaceful co-existence in the country was more important than the ‘Halal’ certificate, and it would agree to recommendations made by the parliament subcommittee appointed to look into the issue.

 “We have taken a stand internally regarding the issue and will cooperate with the parliament sub-committee and the cabinet and work according to their recommendations. Peaceful co-existence is more important that the Halal certification and we will do our utmost to protect it,” Consultant ShaikhFazilFarook said.
ACJU Halal division secretaryMoulaviMurshidMulafer said they had repeatedly provided the entire fee structure to the public to erase “existing confusion and misunderstanding” regarding the issue.

 “The fee structure is very clear, and in business parlance it’s ‘peanuts’ for businesses. Any company that requires the Halal certificate for five or less products is charged Rs. 700, while any company that requires the certificate for ten or less is only charged between Rs. 1000 to 1500,” the Moulavi said while providing the media with a fee structure for the certificate.

The ACJU while reiterating that it was an organization established in 1924 said the only aim of its existence was to promote peaceful and religious living among Muslims.

Speaking further MoulaviMulafer reiterated that the entire Halal certification process was transparent and was open for investigation upon request.

“All our accounts have even been submitted to the National Investigation Bureau. This is an entirely transparent process. There has not been one company that has spoken against this process because we have conducted ourselves in a fully transparent manner. Halal is a basic necessity of Muslims and it is a human right to be able to practise tenets of a person’s religion” MoulaviMulafer said.

Meanwhile ShaikhFazilFarook answering a question posed by a journalist said the clerics were not given adequate opportunity to address the issues raised by many groups.

 “We were not given the chance to convey our message properly and due to this many people are confused and disturbed by the issue. We want to live peacefully in this country because we are Sri Lankans first and foremost and that can never be changed” he said.( H.F)
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  • Ashiq Friday, 22 February 2013 11:19 AM

    Such people are there since the beginning of the Islam in this country. the problem u were watching CNN and BBC

    smash Friday, 22 February 2013 11:21 AM

    Wrong statement brother

    smash Friday, 22 February 2013 11:31 AM

    hey fool, this is not a voctory, this is economically loss for this country yar

    rumi Friday, 22 February 2013 11:35 AM

    why cannot Boda Bala Sena fight against liquor and cigarettes- those are more harmful than halal.

    Reez Friday, 22 February 2013 11:48 AM

    Dear Non Muslim brothers,

    1400 years ago before the era of science Qur'an revealed a thing called Najees. All najees are haram (forbidden) to consume or make contact to human body.If we analyze what is najees today we find that all those said najees contain germs. Alcohol is haram to consume but it is not mentioned as najees.This is why we are searching for halal food.Non halal food will make you sick it contains germs and carcinogens.The Islamic way of slaughtering an animal take out most of the toxic from its flesh.I hope those who need will get the message.

    Kalumalli Friday, 22 February 2013 08:25 AM

    look in the mirror bigot

    rahman Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    we want live as one nation . via DM Android App

    shamil Friday, 22 February 2013 08:27 AM

    Typical Sri Lankan mentality...You probably would take a headache if given free...

    Slankan Friday, 22 February 2013 11:55 AM

    Dear Steve, I suggest you to collect some books of Islam and study with good intention and comment about barbarians
    I think Individual and religion are two different modules
    If I am wrong, please correct

    RF Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:18 PM

    Its a good stand taken by ACJU and i hope that people who are making this unneccesary fuss will respect for what they (ACJU) stand for.

    rumi Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:23 PM

    well done. we as Muslims can decide our halal-this is our internal issue-

    firo Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 PM

    it belongs to the aborogines. You came from india

    Fernando Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:31 PM

    Very Good.

    sumithweerasingha Friday, 22 February 2013 12:15 AM

    if bodubalasena did not started that campaign they never come to this point. only now they have understood that this country is belong to singhala buddist . WE SALUTE TO BODUBALASENA

    F Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Muslims have practiced halal measures for more than 1400 years. via DM Android App

    lovesri Friday, 22 February 2013 12:34 AM

    All these problems are created due to your branded people who do not have proper information

    firo Friday, 22 February 2013 12:04 PM

    halal certification is also provided to muslim companies !

    Anver Friday, 22 February 2013 12:37 AM

    ACJU has proved it is not an extremist organization.

    smi Friday, 22 February 2013 12:38 AM

    If the charges are peanuts, then the cost would be less than peanuts, so please why not ask the ACJU to give the Halal certification FREE..................

    smi Friday, 22 February 2013 12:39 AM

    So do the cerification FREE and save us the peanuts............

    Muhammad Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Very good move to listen to the legitimate body than taking a self destructive decesion. via DM Android App

    HK Thursday, 21 February 2013 03:42 PM

    Halal is halal , haram is haram hope now people got good education regarding Islam

    Muhammad Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    BBS to promote dead carcuses, as horse meat for beef. via DM Android App

    Muhammad Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Halal is only one, BBS to forward one by one untill get checked. via DM Android App

    Muhammad Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Halal certification prevended vigilant muslims from Horse meat in europe. via DM Android App

    Muhammad Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Dead carcuses can be marketed. via DM Android App

    Taji Friday, 22 February 2013 01:08 AM

    The salary is not paid by the company. It is ACJU who pays out of the fee charged. Most of the time it is below 25,000/-

    muslim Friday, 22 February 2013 09:06 AM

    because of uneducated moron like you , this country is still 3rd world country

    Loki Friday, 22 February 2013 06:25 AM

    This country does not belong to Sinhala buddhist. This country belongs to all Sri Lankans. Try to get that into your thick head.

    ahmed malik Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    great .... via DM Android App

    JHU Friday, 22 February 2013 01:25 AM

    It doesn't mean cost less than peanuts... go n study about non profit organization...

    Loki Friday, 22 February 2013 06:28 AM

    is SLS given free? have you even run a sillara kade? or may be been at a pola at the primary school?

    RJ Panadura Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    acju has to organize a press conference with few companies who has obtain halaal certification , and let them explain it to the public via DM Android App

    raviraj Friday, 22 February 2013 06:33 AM

    there are 245 such people down Diyawana

    baba Saturday, 23 February 2013 01:25 AM

    if Halal add real value to food as a buddist i dont mind paying more but if not, this is like a daylight robbery. no real value added but retail price increase.

    raviraj Friday, 22 February 2013 06:39 AM

    do people in NGO's work free

    Robert Ace Friday, 22 February 2013 01:36 AM

    Now will the prices of all "previously halaal certified" products come down by at least Rs.50/- ?

    Gona Mark Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:41 PM

    It's a lie. If you get the certificate you have keep a one person full time in some cases from ACJU providing employment. One such case the person is paid Rs 200,000/- monthly salary for doing nothing. This person is employed at a meat processing factory own by a blue chip conglomerate. Simply we pay to the company to par Rs 2.4Mn++ indirectly to ACJU

    raviraj Friday, 22 February 2013 06:40 AM

    halaal was not compulsory for non muslims, so where does the question of forcing arise

    Nangi Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:39 PM

    I am happy that the ACJU finally came forward and addressed the issue. Hope peace prevails in SL

    Mohammedakbar Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:44 PM

    It's a good move by jamiathul ullama because
    This country has a majority of non Muslims. We should not force any religious practices on them by force.

    Rickshow Friday, 22 February 2013 06:38 AM

    Now Muslims will be very presised when they buy, because of a few croud, other non muslim business will loose certain amount of income!

    Geriatrix Thursday, 21 February 2013 04:47 PM

    I thank BBS for making this an issue.. because of this the knowledge of islam went to a much larger audience...

    fahrudeen Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    good move to avoid unnecessary trouble. unite for better future via DM Android App

    Observer Observer Friday, 22 February 2013 06:43 AM

    Rejecting the so-called Halal act is a victory to the country.

    tjeyar Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Thank u BBS and keep it up via DM Android App

    Hussain Thursday, 21 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Let peace prevail and united we work as sri lankans via DM Android App

    JOJO Friday, 22 February 2013 06:51 AM


    StrawHat Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:55 AM

    @baba: have you ever heard of intangible assets? commerce guys would know. even obtaining a license to sell the product requires a fee WHICH IS VERY HIGH THAN THIS HALAL CERTIFICATION. This fee would be included in the price. Now why are you paying somebody's trade license? it doesn't make the food tasty does it? Don't buy the product. It's daylight robbery!

    Steve Friday, 22 February 2013 04:19 AM

    That education is not suitable to the modern world buddy. Live as humans, not like barbarians. We know all your acts..

    rohan Friday, 22 February 2013 09:55 AM

    I am a Sinhala Buddhist. But in this instance I salute the Muslim clerics who took this decision with foresight. Lord Buddha never forced any one. He only told What is the right way and wrong way and what would happen if we took the wrong way. He always preached not to insult people of other faiths but to respect it. But unfortunately most of the people associated with BSS are not practicing buddhist but just wearing a Buddhist label and call them buddhist. The problem is most of the buddhist people are not aware how much it is charged. If it is some thing like 700 or 1500 as mentioned. It is peanuts when you compare the volume of the products. Imagine Maliban or Munchee producing so much of Qty , what is the cost of a buscuit packet. 1500 divided by No of Packets produce. I will not even bother to count. This is the time we have to stand like one nation , one country. Thank you ACJU for taking a decision with wisdom

    Rata Haraka Friday, 22 February 2013 07:09 AM

    A very gracious, magnanimous move by the ACJU. Kudos to them. Now let's see what the BBS can cook up.

    VEDDAH Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:11 AM


    Roshan Saturday, 23 February 2013 02:39 AM

    Mr. Gona Mark, To prove your point can any company come forward and tell this to the nation?

    mohamed asfar Friday, 22 February 2013 04:41 AM

    halal certificates were issued for non muslim companies to sell their products to muslims. simple. but, no halal certified non muslim company came to defend muslims when needed their voice. thanks to them. also when our muslim leaders obtain money in the name of islam FITHNA ( conflict ) begins. so, this halal certification business must be immediately. as a muslim i know how to find halal food and feed my family and i don't need ACJU certification.

    lalith Friday, 22 February 2013 04:42 AM

    great thoughts.we still have educated muslims in this country.

    AJ Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I think if this Halal issue irritates d Buddhist people, v should remove it fand show them v r mo peace loving than those Buddhist followers via DM Android App

    Ann Friday, 22 February 2013 07:44 AM

    Good on the ACJU for taking the moral high ground.

    @sumithweerasingha this country belongs to the all ethnic groups and religions of this country... please get that through your thick head.

    Also for all those bleating that halal should be banned. If businesses and jobs become affected and people lose their livelyhoods, would you provide jobs for them? Would you take care of them? People need to understand the ramifications of their actions instead of falling into the buffalo herd mentality

    Wantok mali Friday, 22 February 2013 05:09 AM

    Exactly now lets see the price difference of Biscuits, pizza etc.... since it cause such an uproar in the country...

    imtiyas Friday, 22 February 2013 11:13 AM

    good job

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