MMU Forms ‘J&K Halal Certification Board’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Mutahida Majiles-e-Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of various religious organisations on Thursday announced formation of first ever ‘Halal’ food certification board to ensure halal, hygienic and pure food is served to the people.

The decision to form “J&K Halal certification Board” was taken during a one-day session held recently at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here, an MMU spokesperson said Thursday. He said the participants unanimously emphasised the need for such certification to ensure that halal practices relating to slaughtering and food manufacture are followed and people are provided with halal, hygienic and pure food.

“There was a consensus among all members that as mechanical slaughter house cutting and packing plants and food processing and manufacturing units are coming up across J&K, a halal certification board comprising of Islamic scholars needs to be formed,” the MMU spokesperson said.

“Besides, this will greatly help the local manufacturers in export of these items to the people in other Muslims countries,” he added.

He said that clerics unanimously agreed and subsequently constituted “The Jammu & Kashmir Halal certification Board” under the patronage of MMU head and Mirwaiz e Kashmir Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, who due to his continued house detention could not attend the crucial meeting .

The meeting, the MMU spokesperson said also decided that members of the board will include a Mufti from each Islamic school of thought. The members who have been inducted in the board include Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, Mufti Muhammad Yaqoob Baba Al Madni, Agha Syed Hussain Al Mosvi, Moulana Showkat Ahmad Keing and Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon.

“However, there is a possibility of adding more members later on if needed,” he said.

As per MMU spokesperson, the meeting also decided that board members will personally inspect the slaughter house plants and food processing and manufacturing outlets here and will consequently issue ‘Halal’ certificate to them after meeting the criteria.

“As such, the board appeals to all the local owners/proprietors of slaughter houses and packing units of the dressed animals and food manufacturing and processing outlets and factories, to contact the board to get the Halal certification,” he added.

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