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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 29th June 2010 16:57
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HFA or HMC ?

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There seems to be much disunity amongst Muslims on the issue of Halal, I have seen an organisation called HFA and they have some very different views to HMC. Is it a reliable source of certification?

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Unfortunately, HFA is an organisation that is out of sync with the Muslim Community in England. Along with its dubious and obscure scholarly backing, it chooses to take a stance against the highly qualified scholars of the community, and wishes to promote a view about Islamic Slaughter that is rejected by the vast majority of them. They may make light of this, but since they are supposed to be representing the interests of the Muslims of this Land to ignore this point seems disingenuous.

Whereas the scholars are adamant that an individual slaughter-man must be directly holding the knife when slaughtering, according to this organisation it is enough to have a fixed blade, across which the chickens pass and have their throats slit. They also permit stunning of chickens. The problem with this is, having heard testimonies from slaughter-men themselves backing this, many chickens die before Dhabh even takes place, and secondly it has often been seen that the voltage is deliberately kept high, almost ensuring premature death. Another major flaw of the organisation is that it does not have grassroots support to ensure that even after certification (though we consider their certification itself to be deficient), dubious practices which are known to take place, do not take place.

The only thing of merit the organisation clings on to for its credibility is that it was the first such organisation of its kind in the country. However, any reasonable minded person will appreciate that this is no basis for reliability.

HMC on the other hand has worked at the grassroots, holding talks and seminars raising awareness amongst Muslims of the issues involved. They have the backing of scholars throughout the country and are keen to have their input, something I can personally vouch for. Their standards are strongly backed by evidences and also show a deep appreciation of the reality in the Meat market. We can clearly notice with HMC that theirs is not just another certification body that pulls in all and sundry, regardless of their disregard of the Shariah. This is shown in many aspects of their work, including for example the creation of voluntary LAGS (Local Area Groups). These enable the organisation to keep in close contact with what is happening on the ground in the slaughter houses and the many meat and poultry outlets.

It is for these reasons we, as do many scholars, endorse wholly the work of HMC, and wish that our brothers at HFA, seriously re-examine the real need for their existence, for the sake of the Muslim community in UK. The point I humbly request them to reflect on, apart from the points mentioned above, is that there are many harms for Muslims in having disunited voices and it is an unquestionable benefit in the various certifying bodies becoming one. However, whereas HMC could never leave their principles of Slaughter, as it would mean, without exaggeration, them accepting to eat Haram, HFA could. The reason for this is that for them (HFA) to adopt the higher standards of HMC, could only be viewed by the Shariah as a praiseworthy step, as it is the more precautious of the two positions. By HFA's adopting the HMC standards, what however will not happen, is, no one, not even HFA themselves, will be able to say we have committed something unlawful and consumed Haram.




Mufti Mohammed Sajjad

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The answer to this question is the opinion of the scholar and does not reflect the opinion of other scholars of As-Suffa Institute and As-Suffa Institute as an organisation.




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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 30th June 2010 18:43
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 1st July 2010 11:43
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 4th February 2013 11:29

Asslamo Allaikum All,

 

http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/showthread.php?46726-Exposing-the-HFA-Halal-Meat-Game-in-UK


I exposed this organization back in 2009 on Sunniforum and their shoddy Anti-Sunnah practices. The latest scandal to break in UK is the "Halal (Certified) Prison Food" contained traces of Pork and this meat was certified by HFA

In the light of this debacle, all Muslims are advised to stay away from HFA  and meat certified by this organization, particularly when there is no need to subject yourself to dubious and doubtful meat, see attached communiqué from LCM.

Jazakullah Khairun

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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 19th January 2016 22:26
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HFA because HMC man in Blackburn have been giving out HMC sticker and certificate for costs of 150.00 privately for non HMC
HMC badge misleads the public
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 20th January 2016 09:04
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You're starting to sound like an HFA employee.

evidence and sources please
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 18th February 2016 11:00
A lot has changed in the recent years. Especially after the previous owner handed over to his son.

There may still be questions regarding the vagueness of their procedure etc, but they have come a long way, especially by no longer authorizing "Mechanical Slaughter".

It looks like they are cleaning up the mess the previous Ulama made by not allowing anyone to question their methods.

There will be so many threads and articles online that will now be null and void or out dated in the least and will require a major update as their policy has changed.

Is it for the better or are they still doubtful? Well ask your local Ulama for a piece of mind.

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HFA is endorsed, supported and recognised by all major halal certification bodies in the world. Some of those organisations in global halal certification industry that have mutual recognition arrangement with HFA are as follows:
  • Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM)
  • Secretariat of Dubai Municipality – UAE
  • Majlis – e- Ugama Islamia Singapura – MUIS – Singapore
  • Central Islamic Committee of Thailand – Thailand
  • Islamic Dawah Council of Phillipines (IDCP) – Phillipines
  • Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) – USA
  • Halal Food Council of Europe (HFCE) – Belgium
  • Halal Quality Control (HQC) – The Netherlands
  • Halal Correct – The Netherlands
  • Halal Food & Feed Inspection Authority (HFFIA) – The Netherlands
  • Halal Control – Germany
  • South African National Halal Authority (SANHA) – Southa Africa
  • Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) – South Africa
  • FAMBRAS & CIBAL – Brazil
  • Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) – New Zealand
  • Halal Australia

This list is indeed of a few and is certainly not an exhaustive list. HFA works with many other international halal certification organisations that also support and recognise our globally accepted halal standards and procedures.

halalfoodauthority.com/hfa-recognitions/

Jazakallah brother Muadh for bringing some pieces of information to the surface in another thread.
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 20th February 2016 10:43
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I know what HFA say but I have decided to send this query directly to SANHA

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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 30th April 2019 01:12
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Any update on the status of HFA?
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