Philippines – Amendments of 2 laws sought to protect Muslim food standards

Inquirer – Amendments of 2 laws sought to protect Muslim food standards

The Mindanao Economic Development Council (Medco) wants the Philippine National Halal Standards to become part of two national laws — the Consumers’ Welfare and Rights Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

Medco Executive Director Virgilio Leyretana said lawmakers had wanted laws enacted to boost local producers’ chances of capturing a share of the huge export market of halal food and non-food products.

The Arabic “halal” is Islam’s counterpart of the Jewish Kosher tradition, and its products have generated distinct global export market worth close to $200 billion. Halal food products are mostly meat of animal deemed fit for consumption by Muslims, such as goat, sheep, cow and specific bird species, like chicken and duck.

To protect the rights and welfare of consumers of Philippine halal products here and abroad, the government through the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Products Standard (BPS), and five other government agencies, adopted the Philippine National Standards for Halal Food Production, Preparation, Packaging, Labeling and Handling, Leyretana said.

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UN expert stands by Nazi comments

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Professor Falk said he drew the comparison between the treatment of Palestinians with the Nazi record of collective atrocity, because of what he described as the massive Israeli punishment directed at the entire population of Gaza. He said he understood that it was a provocative thing to say, but at the time, last summer, he had wanted to shake the American public from its torpor.

“If this kind of situation had existed for instance in the manner in which China was dealing with Tibet or the Sudanese government was dealing with Darfur, I think there would be no reluctance to make that comparison,” he said. That reluctance was, he argued, based on the particular historical sensitivity of the Jewish people, and Israel’s ability to avoid having their policies held up to international law and morality.

These and other comments from Professor Falk comments are, if anything, even harsher than the current UN investigator, John Dugard, who himself has been withering about Israel’s actions.

A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that Israel wanted the UN investigator’s mandate changed, so that he could look into human rights violations by the Palestinians as well as Israel. If that were not to happen, the Israeli government may consider barring entry to the new UN investigator.

Bahrain: Bahrain Islamic Bank eyes regional listings

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With the launch of its new corporate identity Bahrain-based region’s oldest Islamic bank Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) yesterday unveiled an ambitious business plan aimed at taking the bank to the new heights of progress and development.

The chairman of the bank’s board said that the bank would tap the opportunities across the Gulf countries including listing on various GCC stock exchanges to enhance its equity base apart from business objectives. Khalid Abdulla Al Bassam, board Chairman, said that the bank which had successfully doubled its capital in September would continue to pursue a proactive

The chairman, along with the managing director, Nabeel Ahmed Ameen, and acting CEO Mohammed Ebrahim Mohammed, addressing a Press conference held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Spa, said that the consistent growth since 2004 in financial gains was a success story behind the bank’s ambitious expansion plan for 2007 and beyond.

Indian Governor Blocks Anti-Conversion Bill

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Another Indian state governor is attempting to block proposed amendments designed to make existing anti-conversion legislation even more stringent….The first would require a person who wants to change his religion to report those intentions to government officials at least 30 days in advance. The government would then have the right to grant or deny the request.Narasimhan also opposes another clause in the amendment which exempts people from the law if they are reverting from Christianity or Islam back to their native religion.

…Christians and Muslims in Chhattisgarh—and throughout India—say the bill violates the Indian Constitution’s religious freedom clause. The anti-Christian extremists claim that the law would prevent missionaries from bribing poor tribal and low-caste Indians from leaving their traditional faiths to embrace Christianity.Several states in India have anti-conversion bills, called “freedom of religion” acts by the legislators who create them. Chhattisgarh’s law has been in effect since 1968, when the state was part of neighboring Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh and Orissa were the first two states to implement and enforce anti-conversion laws.

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10 Greatest Inventions by Muslims

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3. Parachute

A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn’t. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected a machine of silk and eagles’ feathers he tried again, jumping from a mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten minutes but crashed on landing – concluding, correctly, that it was because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on landing. Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are named after him.

Ohio Muslims Assaulted Outside Ohio Mosque

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Rocks thrown at worshippers attending Ramadan prayers

(COLUMBUS, OH, 9/18/07) – The Ohio office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) today called on the FBI to investigate a possible bias motive for an attack on Muslim worshippers at a Columbus mosque. CAIR-OH says the worshippers were attacked as they attended prayers Friday night at Masjid As-Sahaaba marking the month-long fast of Ramadan. According to the police report, the attackers shouted “derogatory statements” and then began throwing rocks, injuring one person in the back and smashing two windows on the front of the mosque. The report states the incident was clearly a “biased attack on Muslim men leaving the mosque after prayer during the Ramadan season.”