Imam-e-Kaaba stresses upon comprehensive strategy for Halal food in Muslim societies

Islamabad: Imam e Kaaba and President of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Saleh Abdullah Bin Hemeid, has called upon Muslims societies to devise a comprehensive strategy for availability of Halal food and urged that unnecessary decrees in this regard shouldn’t be released as it’s a matter that pertains to authentic forums. He was addressing here at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) in an international conference on “Halal Food: Principles, Shariah standards and contemporary issues.

“Not only eating but issues of medicines and beverages are required to be addressed when it comes to Halal Food” Imam e Kaab said. He furthered that Haram food leaves negative effects on a human body. He maintained that business of Halal food was a great deed. Imam e Kaaba told that Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Fiqh Academy has arranged many conferences and session on Halal food and it has recommended guidelines in this regard. Talking about Pak-Saudi relations, Imam e Kaaba said that People of KSA love people of Pakistan because there was no alternate to the love people of Pakistan had for two Holy Mosques and KSA.

Speaking in the ceremony, Saudi Ambassador, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki said that Halal food was a best trade and its access to all Muslims was an important responsibility. He maintained that Muslim countries can give a positive message to the world by promoting Halal food. He also hailed IIUI for its efforts and service to Muslim world. Mir Dostain Domki, Minister of state for science and technology said that ministry, after observing the requirement of Halal food in Muslim world, has established an institution namely Pakistan Halal Authority which has been passed in Parliament and will start its works soon.

In his address, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI said that success of the Halal food business in Pakistan is impossible without the concerted efforts, strategies and measures to support the development of Halal industry. He added that Pakistan has great potential for Halal food trade as 30 million people in Pakistan are associated to livestock. IIUI Rector added that by utilizing the grazing fields of Baluchistan country can meet the requirements of Halal food of Muslim world and it will also strengthen the Pakistani economy.

Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, IIUI President  apprised the participants about IIUI activities for research, dialogue and quality education , while he hoped that the conference will bring workable solutions to the contemporary issues of Halal food and participants will be able to introduce a new roadmap to build Muslim economies and promote Halal food.

Earlier, Dr. Tahir Hakeem, Dean Shariah and Law, welcomed the guests and thanked for attending the event. Event was also addressed by the Minister of communication, Dr. Hafiz Abdul Kareem and Chairman Halal committee and former Rector IIUI Justice (R) Khlail ur Rehman. The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Vice Presidents of the university, Deans, DGs, Directors and more than 60 national and foreigner paper presenters of the conference.

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