Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Denmark's ban on halal slaughter set to cost it millions

Riyadh: Denmark is likely to lose millions of dollars in trade and tourism revenues following its ban Monday on slaughtering animals in accordance with Islamic standards. Halal (Islamically slaughtered) beef and poultry products are imported in large quantities by Saudi Arabia and neighboring Gulf countries. In fact, around 55 percent of Danish exports to Saudi Arabia are food-based.

The controversial decision is poised to have a drastic effect on the Danish market since the country is likely to come under a comprehensive boycott as it has on more than one occasion in the past, according to a report in Arab News daily.
The Danish government has already come under fire by religious rights groups in Denmark. Danish Halal, a nonprofit group, has described the ban as a "clear infringement of religious freedom."
The ban has also been branded "anti-Semitic" by Jewish leaders. Dan Jorgensen, Danish food minister, responded to the criticism on Denmark's TV2, saying "Animal rights come before religion."
The decision effectively ends the sale of halal products, much to the anger of residents across the Kingdom.

Sources at the media department of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) have said that the ban should be lifted with immediate effect, saying that it would strain bilateral trade between the two countries, estimated at SR6 billion.

Fahd Mohammed Al-Hammady, chairman of the National Committee for Contractors at the CSC, told Arab News that he staunchly opposes the ban on halal stuff.
"This is sheer hypocrisy on their part. They slaughter giraffes in public to feed lions, yet they ban the slaughter of meat in accordance with religious standards, which is a clear infringement of religious freedom," said Taha bin Saeed, a Saudi citizen.

A tour operator at the Fursan Group said that Denmark could have received a large number of tourists thanks to the Schengen visa, which enables non-EU nationals to travel freely to 25 European countries.
The ban, however, will definitely make Saudi and Arab tourists reluctant to visit the country and will have a negative effect on tourism, said one agent.
The Danish Embassy in Riyadh could not be reached for comment during the weekend.
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Ban on halal products in Denmark expected to cause financial losses

A recent decision by Denmark’s government to ban the ritual slaughtering of animals is expected to cost the multi-million dollar Danish trade and tourism markets from Gulf states.
Danish exports of halal (in accordance with Islamic law) beef and poultry products are imported in massive quantities by Gulf countries.
The decision to ban ritual slaughter by default ends the saleof halal products, a step that has prompted the Saudi government to call for it to be lifted immediately.
Around 55 percent of Danish exports to Saudi Arabia are food-based, a report by Saudi newspaper Arab News said.
Sources at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) told the newspaper the ban would strain bilateral trade between the two countries, which is estimated to have a total value of $1.6 billion.

Discouraging ban

The ban is also thought to discourage Muslim tourists from visiting Denmark, travel agents Fursan Group told Arab News.
After years of campaigning by animal welfare groups, the Danish government's decision to ban ritual slaughtering has stirred anger among Muslim and Jewish rights groups,.
“[A] clear infringement of religious freedom,” nonprofit group Danish Halal called the ban.
Meanwhile, the Danish food minister, responding to the criticism on a local TV channel, said the ban puts ahead the rights of animals.
“Animal rights come before religion,” the minister said.
Last Update: Sunday, 23 February 2014 KSA 19:48 - GMT 16:48

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Honesty and Strong Faith in Allah shown by a shepherd

Allahuakbar! The honest Shepherd has been given 200,000 Riyals from the Sudanese Embassy as a token of respect!!

A week ago we shared a video of this shepherd refusing to take 200 Riyal for a sheep that did not belong to him, saying "By Allah even if you give me 200,000 Riyal I will not give it" - now Allah replaced the 200 Riyal 1000 TIMES and actually gave him 200,000 Riyal!

"And whoever fears Allah - He will make for him a way out, And will provide for him from where he does not expect" 

[Quran 65:3-4]

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Mosque and church attacks harm Sri Lanka

Mosque and church attacks harm Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government minister GL Peiris has tried to justify a wave of attacks on churches and mosques, claiming that 
these were simply community reactions to unauthorised facilities. The state’s refusal to protect religious minorities further undermines human rights in Sri Lanka overall.
For instance, two churches in Hikkaduwa were attacked during Sunday worship on 12 January. It was claimed that they were violating a 2008 circular by the Ministry of Religious Affairs requiring all new places of worship to be authorised. But as the Colombo Telegraph pointed out, they had been running since the 1990s.
Buddhist monks were involved in the violence, and a distorted form of Buddhism far removed from the Buddha’s teaching of compassion and wisdom has been used to promote hatred. Letting extremism flourish may help boost the regime’s credibility among sections of the majority who are Sinhalese and Buddhist, drawing attention from the government’s economic and political failings. Yet this not only damages what is best in the nation’s heritage but also opens the door to further abuses.
“If unchecked, these alarming trends would cause immeasurable damage and drawback to the country,” warned the Forum for Inter-Faith Dialogue, a multi-faith group in which Buddhist monks have a leading role. Sri Lankan Civil Society, which brings together a range of individuals and organisations, also condemned the failure of law enforcement agencies to act.
There has been international concern too, especially in light of the regime’s failure to investigate war crimes against Tamil civilians during conflict with brutal Tiger rebels. While visiting Sri Lanka in early February, Nisha Desai Biswal, US assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, said that “The culture of deterioration of human rights gives us great concern when churches and mosques are burnt down and people feel that they cannot practice their faiths freely and without fear.” At the United Nations Human Rights Council in March, the USA will sponsor a resolution on human rights in Sri Lanka.
Minister of External Affairs GL Peiris claimed that this was highly selective and patently unfair, the Nation reported. He told the newspaper that “in many instances the facilities concerned were not mosques or churches but makeshift prayer centers whose operations had irked relevant communities. He pointed out that there are laws regarding the establishment of places of religious worship” and, in addition, referred to the fact that some of the suspected offenders had been charged.
However the authorities are fostering a climate in which antagonism to ethnic and religious minorities is seen as acceptable, including portraying the majority as under threat and so justified in using extreme measures to protect itself. This tactic was used extensively in Sri Lanka in the 1980s, with devastating effects.
“If there is a genocide in this country, by the closest approximation of the word, it must be against the community of majority Sinhalese,” claimed an editorial in state-run newspaper the Daily News in January 2014, under the heading ‘The ongoing genocide against the Sinhalese’. Supposedly “The Sinhalese majority is in the unenviable position of not being able to defend any sustained undermining of its culture, and way of life. There is no freedom of expression for the Sinhalese if it means pointing out that their values are being usurped, or that there are systematic unethical conversions for instance.”
International criticism of the regime led by President Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers is treated as “persecution” of “the Sinhalese Buddhist community”. And the “gradual destruction of a people” includes “aggressive proselytisation which is carried on through the twin instruments of unethical conversions and the illegal or barely legal establishment of churches etc, on ground that was previously occupied by Buddhist temples, or on property that has simply not been authorized for worship. There is a genocide perpetrated against the majority Sinhalese in Sri Lanka and all right thinking persons in this country should join in the task of fighting this systematic attempt to destroy what is a proud and ancient race.”
Yet the violence unleashed by those who previously used such inflammatory language engulfed large numbers of Sinhalese Buddhist youth, slaughtered by the security forces. In many cases their remains still lie in mass graves, their families never given the chance even to grieve properly. Undermining human rights leaves ordinary people of all communities at risk, in Sri Lanka and worldwide.
Thanks to : Savitri Hensman , Ekklesia.