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Sabeh Hassan

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 director@halalexpo.com.au.

Sarwat Hassan,
Event & Media Manager

Halal Tourism: Its Growth and Requirements

By | Halal Travel

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.

References

Girron, J. (2016, April 29). Halal Tourism: Catering to a fast growing traveller segment. Retrieved from http://www.amadeus.com/blog/29/04/halal-tourism/

Halal Tourism. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halal_tourism

Quran Index. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.quranindex.net/kelime.php?id=8809

Travel Agents. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.crescentrating.com/tourpackage/agentlisting.html

Travelers, M. (n.d.). 10 More Reasons Why Muslims Should Travel. Retrieved from http://ilmfeed.com/10-more-reasons-why-muslims-should-travel/

What Is Halal Tourism? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.muslimbreak.com/what-is-halal-tourism/

Whitehead, N. (2015, December 25). A Religious Forecast For 2050: Atheism Is Down, Islam Is Rising. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/12/25/460797744/a-religious-forecast-for-2050-atheism-is-down-islam-is-rising

 

Halal Foods Will Keep at Bay Heart Diseases from You

By | Halal Food

That Islam is not just a religion should no longer excite the sensibilities of the prejudiced and ignorant minds of the ignoble. Islam is a way of life with a wide-ranging principles and recommended practices that ultimately benefit the adherent. For instance, almost all foods prohibited by the Islam pose serious and proven health problems to populations worldwide. This article examines the underlying principles behind halal foods as opposed to the haram. These are expounded on in the Qur’an, in the Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s Sayings), the Sunnah (tradition) as well as what is commonly referred to as the Fiqh. The Fiqh is the understanding derived from religious and cultural renderings of Islamic Jurists.

Concept of Halal

The concept of halal foods is an illumination of the distaste of the Islamic religion to foods that are basically prohibited by Allah, foods obtained through haram means and foods that are harmful to the health of a human being. From the onset, it ought to be sufficiently emphasized that Islam places tremendous significance to the concept of cleanliness. By declaring some certain foods unclean and unacceptable (haram), the idea is to take care of the adherents by stopping the use of potentially harmful foods.

The justification for the widespread acceptance of halal foods is tied to number of proven and scientifically logical conclusions, besides the conventional quest to preserve the sanctity of the Islamic religion. To begin with, halal foods protect you from health complications. What is commonly referred to as haram is often harmful, toxic, and poisonous. To amplify this concern, it has been found that most haram foods lead to the increased occurrences of heart related diseases. For instance, the consumption of unhealthy haram fats, haram meat and meat products, use of unclean slaughter facilities can all be considered a major contribution of the causes of heart diseases and thrombosis.

Halal foods are your friend 

Eating, in Islam, is an expression of worship. It should, therefore, be done right. Besides one’s prayer being rejected, eating haram foods sets one on a path of self-destruction, health problems relating to the heart, and ultimately death. Recent scientific findings attribute most deaths above the age of 45 to Coronary Heart Disease. Arguably, the disease is mainly caused by the consumption of unhealthy, unclean, and toxic foods— the very aspects that are absent from halal foods. It is the number one killer disease that can be significantly reduced if the idea behind halal gains the necessary threshold of acceptance.

The consumption of alcohol, on the other hand, is singularly responsible for the majority of cardiovascular disease occurrences. Interestingly, the disease is responsible for 32% of all deaths. In other words, there is a strong correlation between the consumption of alcohol and cardiovascular disease in Australia. Alcohol affects the pulse rate, blood pressure, and sturdiness of heart muscles. This, therefore, significantly increases chances of high blood pressure and associated complications such as stroke, dilated cardiomyopathy, increased cholesterol levels, arrhythmia, and heart failure among others.

Conclusion

It is logical that one should therefore be naturally inclined to halal foods in order to stay healthier— even if it’s not for religious purposes. Consume halal foods such as chicken, duck, turkey, quail, cattle, goat, sheep, rabbit, and venison. This must be slaughtered according to Islamic provisions and certified as clean. Offal products, bones and hides are only acceptable for use if animals were slaughtered according Islamic regulations.

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