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October 2017

Hejaz Financial Services – a proud Gold sponsor of HEA 2018.

By | Media Releases

Hejaz Financial Services is Australia’s premier Islamic Financial Services provider. Hejaz Financial Services caters for the diverse financial needs of the Australian Muslim community. They proudly strive to provide an ethical and socially responsible alternative to financial services while specialising in Islamic Superannuation and investments.

As experts in Islamic Superannuation & investments in the vibrant Australian Financial Services sector, Hejaz Financial Services believes in building a better tomorrow through ethical investments that will bring prosperity to our community, sustain the environment, and enhance opportunities for our future generations. With over 2,000 clients Australia-wide, Hejaz Financial Services is with everyone.

Hejaz Financial Services has been sponsoring the Halal Expo Australia from its establishment, in 2015, and in Halal Expo Australia (HEA) 2018, they are one of the proud Gold Sponsors.

Thank you, Hejaz Financial Services, for your valuable support to Halal Expo Australia.

Sarwat Hassan,

Event & Media Manager,

HEA 2018

RIA Money Transfer is again a Gold Sponsor of HEA 2018

By | Media Releases


RIA is the world’s top money transfer company with worldwide agent network of 324,000 locations in 146 countries and territories—and growing.

RIA has been sponsoring the Halal Expo Australia from its establishment in 2015, and RIA is again one of the Gold Sponsor of Halal Expo Australia (HEA) 2018.

Sarwat Hassan,
Event & Media Manager,
HEA 2018

The Role of Journalists and Academics in Halal Affairs

By | Halal Affairs

By Syed Atiq ul Hassan

[Talking about Islam, we should not be diplomatic to say that today, Islam has been the most misunderstood religion within or outside the Muslim World and regrettably the western media including Australia has played a significant role in that respect…]

In this politicised world of modern age where within or outside the Muslim Ummah (world), Islam has been conceptualised by misconceptions, stereotyping and misinterpreting the Islamic values and codes of practice by the people for their own vested interest, the role and responsibility of Journalists and academics are far more important than ever before. Today, the role of a journalist has become globally important and challenging.

Media has the capacity to shape public opinion and its own strength to change public perception on critical issues, nevertheless, the primary goal of the media is to inform, criticize and educate the recipients on the subject rather than exploit the subject aiming for commercial and political gains. Journalism which is the core element of the media, is a discipline of collecting, verifying, analyzing and presenting the stories in a fair and neutral manner including trends, and issues and present it to the public through the media contents. While the global media is playing a major role in providing timely information and knowledge on current affairs using modern technology; the misuse of technology is also crossing the ethical limits of journalism.

Exposure to faiths, cultures and other elements of human sociology through global media and social media have virtually demolished the territorial boundaries among the people of different backgrounds.  In this multimedia age, the digital contents of the media are playing an imperative role in societies through breaking news, attracting stories, and talk shows. The revolutionary change in the media industry, a Journalist can make a difference on critical issues and sensitive matters through their professional work.

Similarly, today’s commercial media through digital contents can entertain masses and gain remarkable profits from marketing businesses and trade internationally, at the same time, it can also promote understanding and coherence between people of different faith and demographics. In this perspective, the biggest problem of today in the media is the Islamophobia. Overloaded with inflammable contents related to Islam are catered by media outlets, which are the most sellable stories generating huge profits for owners.

In his situation, what is the role of journalists, writers and academics? It is commonly believed that Journalists, writers and academics works in the common interest of the public. And the supreme interest of all human being is to live peacefully and respectfully with others. Therefore, it should be the role and responsibility of journalists that when they make stories especially related to someone’s faith an extreme care must be taken that the contents should be thoroughly investigated and validated. Any content that may create high ratings and profit for media outlets but create unrest in the recipients gives no excuse to the writers and story-makers.

Talking about Islam, we should not be diplomatic to say that today, Islam has been the most misunderstood religion within or outside the Muslim World and regrettably the western media including Australia has played a significant role in that respect.

Therefore, I believe, it is the prime responsibility of the Muslim Journalists, writers and academics and Islamic media that educating through knowledge about the true Islam and its codes of practice should be their top priority. The writers, journalists, and publishers should work closely with the Islamic Scholars and Religious leaders and bring their knowledge into the public through their writings.

In Australia, after terrorism, Halal has been another selling story of the media in recent years. There are people who are trying to link the cost of Halal Certification with financing to terrorism. Even though, there has been no evidence whatsoever yet that the funds being generated through Halal Certification by the Halal Certified bodies or that they have any link with the fanatic or extremist groups, still the space is given to those writers and columnists who are campaigning to ban Halal products in Australia. It is also true that some writers boldly demonstrated their courage and professionalism in bringing out the truth on surface by documenting facts and figures in their reporting that how much beneficial is the Australian Halal industry to the Australian economy.

Journalists and Writers especially of a Muslim background can cooldown minds and create understanding on the sensitive societal issues. For example; I wrote an article, ‘Halal is not un-Australian’, where I stated;

Australia is a multicultural society where every citizen has right to have their own choice of belief and choice of type of food they want to eat. Halal meat, halal consumable products or a halal service has never been harmful to any person, group or community in any part of the world including Australia, same as other special diet products and consumable items like vegetarian, kosher meat, and gluten-free products are not harmful to anyone. As a human being, we pass our lives with different faiths, traditions and food. In a civilised society people are free to pass their lives with their own choice of faith, traditions and food as long as these practices do not harm others. And, certainly, eating halal meat or using halal products do not harm those who don’t use halal meat or products.’

Of course, my write-up was not attractive to many mainstream media as it was not a good selling story to profit their publication. Yet, it provided positive and factual contents and a message of understanding and harmony to the readers.

Talking about Halal, I find Muslims in the western world like in Australia are muddled on the authenticity of available Halal products due to opinionated or interpretational difference between Islamic leaders representing different sects and ethnicities. Regrettably, there are divisions within the Muslim Ummah on the name of sect, culture and ethnicity and that has also divided Muslims on Islamic practices. On the other hand, a common Muslim looks for knowledge on Islam as genuine, simple and according to Quran and Sunnah. In this context, journalists, writers, and academics within Islamic world have more responsibility to work closely with religious leaders and scholars and convince them to come out and provide messages of unity and harmony on divisive matters especially issues related to Halal affairs. They can play a vital role in providing valuable service to the Muslims and everyone through publishing information especially in digital contents, like publishing interviews of Islamic scholars, knowledge-based articles, reporting on Islamic/Halal events.

For example; here in Australia the biggest issue is the Halal Certification which is, currently, not a regulatory requirement for Halal industry businesses. Therefore, different Islamic organisations have their own defined procedures and practices of issuing the Halal Certifications and they are in a race of competing each other. The Islamic media and events can bring them together, provide them a platform to discuss their conflicting issues and create consensus among them.

As we all know that Islam defines every act of life from eating, drinking, washing, dressing to the activities of businesses and professions that is banking, financing, loan, insurance, and superannuation must be according to the Islamic Sharia that is it must be HALAL.

Muslim writers, journalists, and academics can play a leading role in creating awareness on the importance of Halal practices based on facts and figures. Subjects like interest free superannuation, interest free house loans, and financing are required to have prominent space in the media so that the people have more knowledge and adequate information on them. Periodicals should include interviews and articles of Islamic Scholars and Muftis on Halal Products & Services. The Islamic satellite TVs should hold debates and talk shows on Halal affairs.

I must mention here that Halal Expo Australia has laid down the foundation, in 2015, and since then regularly holding International Halal Conference (in Sydney) as a part of Halal Expo Australia, providing a platform to the Halal industry experts, Halal certification bodies, Islamic scholars, interfaith dialogue pleaders, writers, journalists and the representatives of the Government departments to meet, speak and seek consensual resolutions on critical issues related to Halal industry in ethical, professional and harmonious relations and publish them in the media for public. In this regard, theme of the International Halal Conference 2018 is ‘Halal Industry: Growth, Issues and Solution’ where the organisers are inviting international speakers to participate.

There is no doubt that significant work is being done in various sectors of Halal industry affairs by various organisations and individuals. Journalists and Writers are producing stories on Islam; academics & trainers are running workshops, training programmes, seminars and conferences, Universities are holding accredited academic programmes. Nevertheless, at the ground level there are still lot more to be done specially in the non-Islamic countries as there has been a hype than knowledge among the common public about Islam in many non-Islamic countries.

Similarly, more efforts are required by the Halal industry players, Islamic scholars and academics. They should work closely, establish communication with their local governments and related authorities to form a regulatory body. As I mentioned in Australia, there is no regulatory body that can assess and issue a permit to Halal businesses. In Australia, there are many Halal Certification bodies operating, some are prominent and some not but they all are running under various Islamic organisations and groups. Yet, their output is limited to only Halal certification dealing with Halal meat and food. These certification bodies need to do more work focusing on educating common Muslims about Halal and Haram and educating non-Muslims why Halal is obligatory to Muslims and Halal is not harmful to non-Muslims. (The writer is the founding director of Halal Expo Australia and International Halal Conference Australia, also an international journalist, writer and editor-in-chief, Tribune International Australia).

Halal Tourism: Its Growth and Requirements

By | Halal Travel
[In 2012, Muslim travelers spent $137 billion and that number should rise to $180 billion by the year 2020 … total spending by Muslim travelers to be around $200 billion by 2020]

Holiday is a time for family and adventure. Also, many health professionals recommend taking a vacation to re-energize the body and mind. But you worry about your faith and how you can travel while always adhering to the principles of Islamic Law.

In today’s world, there is no need to fear that travel during a Holiday will result in a departure from the guidelines of Halal. Halal Tourism is strong and growing every year.

What is Halal Tourism?

Wikipedia states, “Halal tourism is a subcategory of tourism which is geared towards Muslim families who abide by rules of Islam.”

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? There are, however, challenges to developing tourist destinations that directly target the Muslim demographic. To begin with, Halal put simply, is Arabic for ‘permissible’ and usually pertains to foods prepared under the strict rules of Islamic Law (Sharia). But when used in accordance with ‘tourism’ it denotes any destination or activity that is permissible to Muslims.

Halal friendly tourism is indeed ‘a thing’ as Muslim tourism increases annually. To cater to this growing segment of the tourism industry, travel agencies, hotels, airports, restaurants, and other destinations are seeing the financial benefits of providing for the strictest observers of Islamic Law.

Some hotels are completely smoke and alcohol-free, while others provide alcohol-free sections. Many hotel kitchens are becoming Halal food certified. The consumption of properly prepared food is vital to practicing Muslims. Pork is forbidden meat. Certifications must take that into account. Many restaurants in these tourist resort areas are serving completely Halal compliant foods.

Other hotels and resorts provide separate areas for men and women including prayer rooms, pools, and even beach access.

But you might think, “Why should a devout Muslim even consider traveling on Holiday?” There are numerous reasons to travel and see the world. Besides those great reasons, The Quran states plainly:

“Travel through the earth and see how Allah did originate creation; so, will Allah produce a later creation: for Allah has power over all things. (Surah Al-‘Ankabut, 20)

Halal tourism not only benefits the devout Muslim but can also allow non-Muslims to learn and experience a different culture from their own.

The Growth In Halal Tourism

In 2012 alone, Muslim travelers spent $137 billion and that number should rise to $180 billion by the year 2020. Another source estimates the total spending to be around $200 billion by 2020. Is there any question why shareholders are seeing the value in Muslim tourism? With such a growing Islamic worldwide population, it would seem apparent the need to cater to this tourist demographic.

Another factor that the tourism industry needs to take into account is the growth of the Muslim population around the world. Islam is now the fastest-growing religion in the world. Islam will make up 30 percent of the world’s population by 2050 and could surpass Christianity by the year 2070.

With these phenomenal numbers, it stands to reason why the tourism industry is taking notice. Not all Muslims are inclined to strictly follow Islamic law. But for those, there are many more that see their faith as not only their religion but a way of life as well. To ensure their destination suits their Islamic beliefs, planning is necessary.

Get Out There and See The World

The tourism industry is recognizing the value in catering to the Muslim traveler as well as the Muslim family on Holiday. So, there is no need to feel that in order to truly live your faith you must stay put in the comfort of your home and home country. There is so much to see, learn, and experience in this incredible world.

There are many travel agencies that can help plan your next business trip or your next family adventure. They specialize in planning Holiday packages that will not infringe upon your Halal values. They understand your faith and how important it is to you.

So, there is nothing to you hold back now. Get out there and see the world.


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Halal diet saves you from heart diseases

By | Halal Food
[people who eat pork are on greater risk of getting sick from toxoplasmosis due to the presence of parasite known as “toxoplasma gondii” that can be found in pork meat]

Big attention worldwide is given to nutrition in order to prevent many noninfectious diseases that gained an epidemic proportion in today’s society. Among them are conditions linked with heart diseases.

Diet, as a tool for prevention, doesn’t include just healthy eating habits; it should include other factors, like composition of food and presence of nutrients that effect on our nervous, cardiovascular and immune system. Today, the high-fat diet is present all over the world and it is well-known that especially saturated fats are associated with the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases and the development of certain forms of cancer (colon, prostate, breast, lungs).  We all know that fats and proteins and carbohydrates belong to the macronutrients. They are part of our daily diet and the question should be based just on what kind of fats we should enter to keep our blood vessels and heart in good shape, and what kind of fat should we avoid preventing hazardous impact on our health? Cardiologists all around the world observe that in recent years many younger people started suffering from many heart problems and many ended with death so the former limit of 65 dropped to 45 years, and it’s getting even lower[1]. So, what can we do to prevent such state? One of the solutions is to consume food and food products with the lowest amount of added artificial substances and with the healthier kinds of fats.

Halal standard makes the set of rules and guidelines for the production and preparation of food in accordance with Islamic religious customs. Halal requirements were derived from the Quran and Shari’a law, which among other things, regulates which food is allowed or in Arabic language “Halal”, and what is haram – “forbidden”.

Halal among other things prohibits the use of: pork, including products made from blood, all by-products of pork, such as porcine gelatin or enzymes that are sometimes used in productions of some cheeses or in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. By halal, even meat of improperly slaughtered or previously wrongly nourished bovine animals for example, with GMO ingredients or fed with food that contains mycotoxins, (milk, meat, lard and so on) is forbidden to use.

Also, food that is prepared with wine or any other kind of alcoholic beverages (mostly in cakes or sauces) can’t belong to food based on Halal principles.

Why is pork meat so dangerous?

Just one good reason why we should avoid pork meat regardless of our religion is linked to their nature as they behave as vulture; therefore, pigs are transferor of many infectious diseases and they contain many parasites. For instance, people who eat pork are on greater risk of getting sick from toxoplasmosis due to the presence of parasite known as “toxoplasma gondii” that can be found in pork meat[2]. To kids and people with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can cause extremely serious complications such as seizures, mental confusions and lung problems that may look a lot like tuberculosis.

Trichinellosis infections are another good reason to avoid pork. Symptoms vary from apparency of fatigue, weakness or muscle pain, to more complicated symptoms as myocarditis that can damage the heart so heavily and even end with death[3]. Pork meat even lean kind of pork meat, including products such as sausages, hot dogs are fulfilled with saturated fats and food that contains saturated fats raises the level of bad cholesterol in blood (LDL), which then increases risk of getting some kind of heart disease or stroke[4].

Nevertheless, halal food is worldwide available, and is also suitable for all ages and members of other religions, as they include all types of food which are hygienically and microbiologically safe.

Halal food products are well known as a high-quality kind of food. For example, halal products contain the minimum of chemical additives or artificial substances, and so consumers will enter healthier kinds of food and influence in prevention of some difficult heart related conditions.

[1]Leading underlying causes of death in Australia by age group, 2011–2013

[2] Slany M, Reslova N, Babak V, Lorencova A. Molecular characterization of Toxoplasma gondii in pork meat from different production systems in the Czech Republic. Veterinary Research Institute, Department of Food Safety and Feed, Hudcova Int J Food Microbiol. 2016 Dec 5;238:252-255

[3] Djurković-Djaković O, Bobić B, Nikolić A, Klun I, Dupouy-Camet J. Pork as a source of human parasitic infection. Serbian Centre for Parasitic Zoonoses, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013 Jul;19(7):586-94.

[4] The American Heart Association “Saturated Fats”

Nominations of Reception Team for HEA 2018 & IHC 2018

By | Media Releases

The management is in the process of forming a reception team of Halal Expo Australia (HEA) 2018 and International Halal Conference (IHC) 2018. Following is the details of 10-members Reception Team:

The reception team will be comprised of:

  1. Halal Business Ambassador: Business Executives from different segments of Australian Halal market
  2. Halal Community Ambassador: Community Leaders from different ethnic communities within Australian Islamic community.

The role of reception team is to:

  • Meet & Greet VIPs, Speakers and other high international and national guests of HEA 2018 and IHC 2018.
  • Assist VIPs if they need any information related to the event
  • Interact with attendees during official ceremony and conference, provide them information if anyone needed

Benefits to the members of reception team:

  • Names with photographs of the team will be published in the media, social media and on the website of HEA 2018
  • Award Acknowledgement Certificates at the post event official function
  • Opportunity to become permanent member of HEA or become speaker or moderator of IHC.

You can nominate to yourself or any business executive or community leader with full name and brief introduction by 30th of October 2017.

Sarwat Hassan,
Event & Media Manager

Organisers’ Release: Business Logos/Banners

By | Media Releases

The business logos/banners of the sponsors of Halal Expo Australia (HEA) 2018 on the digital, online and print promotional material of HEA 2018 is going to be finalised on Friday 20th of October 2018. The sponsors who could not finalise their contract will be left to having their business logos/banners on the print material, therefore, if you are still planning and have not yet finalised contract with the organisers, please do it before Tuesday 17th of October 2017. If you have any issue please email to the director, on

Sarwat Hassan,
Event & Media Manager

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