Halaal Department (HD): Setting Standards For Halaal Certification

Halaal Department of the Muslim Association of Malawi is unique in its system of Certifying Food Industry, Restaurants, Abattoirs among others.HALAAL DEPARTMENT (HD):

SETTINGSTANDARDS FORHALAAL CERTIFICATION

Halaal Department of the Muslim Association of Malawi is unique in its system of Certifying Food Industry, Restaurants, Abattoirs among others.

Its uniqueness received highlights of appraisal at its annual meeting held at Kanjedza Lodge on 29th September 2018.

The highlight was made by Director of the Department, Haafiz Faisal Kassam. He remarked that Halaal Department’s guidelines are drawn by reliable Ulama (Muslim Theologians) all over the country. HD follow strictly guidelines stipulated by Shari’a. He said that the system of deploying Muslim Supervisors in Halaal Certified establishments is a mark of excellency by Halaal Certifying Bodies Internationally.

As a way of insuring that no discrepancies are committed in the process, and to make sure the system 100% full proof, HD applied full supervision from point of slaughter to the point of sale, something impossible with many Halaal Certifying Bodies.

He said that HD adopted guidelines of Halaal Certification from South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA). The adoption was started    in 1996 and by then SANHA was called Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal.

Since that time up to date HD has fully depended on SANHA when it comes to products evaluation and the authentication of other International Halaal Certifying Bodies. SANHA is always in touch with the industry players the world over.

During the meeting HD member staff were reminded of sincerity as sounding principle of their work.

He said that Muslim community depends on HD to access Halaal food. He called for resignation for any Muslim Supervisor deemed himself insincere and not fit to this special job.

He also warned HD staff to stay away of bribes and avoid any action of enticement. He encouraged them to love their job because it is a unique job that could take them to Jannah.

He expounded that the Muslim Supervisors should remain focused and committed. And further emphasized to improve the working capability of each Muslim Supervisor.

On HD income and expenditures, the Director of the Department said that HD being a non-profit entity levies its charges in accordance with the appropriate cost structure on a case-by-case basis. He said that the lowest fee for a client to pay to HD for administration as of 2018 is K5,000.00 while the highest fee is K250,000.00 annually. He informed HD staff that according to HD’s latest financial report prepared by Brother Daud Melesha, HD’s Chief Accountant, indicates that HD has a deficit of more than K65,000,000.00 for the year 2017-2018.

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