'So, as for eating food sacrificed to idols, we "know" that, as you say, "An idol has no real existence in the world, and there is only one God."' 1 Corinthians 8:4
Halal is an Arabic term meaning "permissible" and while it is often associated with meat, it refers to anything that is allowed in the Islamic faith. It is the opposite of 'Haram', 'not lawful'.
It is good that a tolerant society allows members of a particular faith to practice its requirements as long as they do not contravene the law of the land, and this is the situation in Britain.
The problem is that Muslims are pressing for all meat to be halal and many big suppliers are willing to oblige, thinking that by meeting this requirement they can keep everybody happy and ensure the widest possible market for their produce.
In 2009 the World Halal Forum resolved "to work towards a European Halal Regulations and Accreditation system, starting with a single country as a pilot project, with the country proposed being the United Kingdom". In November 2010 the Forum met in Earls Court, London with the theme " Halal Products & Services - Going Mainstream".
Accepting Halal regulations is a significant step towards accepting dhimmi status; as non-Muslims under Muslim Law ( Sharia).
The requirement for halal is similar to Kosher, cutting the carotid arteries so that all the blood drains out, but there are issues about whether the animal may be stunned before slaughter. The significant difference is the requirement that the slaughter is performed by a Muslim and that he prays over it and recites an Islamic shahada.
A leading European Muslim cleric has urged the international Muslim community to conquer the world through the halal movement. Dr Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sanjak, Croatia and Slovenia is reported to have said that the halal movement can enable Muslims to rule the global economy because its food and other services are the basic needs of every human being. He claimed halal means “pure and hygienic”, and that the non-Muslim world has no hesitation in accepting it.
Watch the video produced by the World Halal Forum to see the slick advertising being used to make halal a global brand. It is becoming apparent that halal is being used as an instrument of Islamic mission (dawa),bringing the oblivious non-Muslim world increasingly under the authority of sharia law
Operation Nehemiah , an initiative of Barnabas Fund, is concerned about this campaign and that a large proportion of meat in our countries is halal without our knowing anything about it. This massive change in the food industry in many Western countries has occurred over recent years without consumers being consulted.
The Population of Britain is 71.6% Christian but only 2.7%Muslim, according to the 2001 census, so in order to satisfy 2.7% many suppliers have ignored the 71% and any other faiths that might have an opinion.
This is a problem for more than one reason
Barnabas Fund and Christian Voice are both campaigning against the imposition of Halal upon those who do not want it. (The information given here applies to Britain - Readers elsewhere will need to conduct their own searches)
You might like to start asking your supermarkets and restaurants if their food is Halal. The situation is far from clear and there is no way of seeing if meat on sale is Halal by reading the packaging.
Video on youtube.com
Halal slaughtering – Sharia requirements www.youtube
The instruction from the first Church Elders recorded in Acts 15 and Acts 21.
“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: 29You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.”
Jesus said to the church of Pergamos, in Revelation 2 14
“ Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.”
Paul qualifies the difficulties of this restriction in practice in 1 Corinthians 8 v4
The questions for the Christian then are these.
1 Does having a Muslim prayer/declaration to Allah (who is definitely not the Judeo-Christian God) made over the meat equate to the meat being sacrificed to idols? (False gods)
2 Even if I have no problem with the above, will it lead another Christian into doubt and sin?
( 1 Corinthians 8 & Acts 15:20 & Revelation 2:14 and 2:20 )
3 Should a Christian accept coming under the law of a religion that is worshipping another god?
If we are not prepared to eat Halal meat we will have to press for honest disclosure and labelling from our supermarkets and restaurants and also find out whose products are Halal and whose are not.
You might like to sign the Barnabas Fund petition.
You might like to write to supermarkets and restaurant chains that you normally patronize and challenge them about the Halal or non halal status of their meat, pointing out that in appealing to 2.7% of the population they may be alienating 71.6% of the population by denying them the choice.
You might also like to start asking your supermarkets and restaurants if their food is Halal.
Christian Voice has researched the policy of the big outlets in Britain, concerning Halal and Investigating Halal meat in Supermarkets.
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