Halal Consumer - Issue 26 - page 4

IFANCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President
| M. Munir Chaudry
Vice President
| Mahmood A. Baig
Vice President
| Mohamed Sadek
Director
| Rashid A. Chaudary
Director
| Allen A. Hamood
Director
| Ahmad H. Sakr
Director
| Mian N. Riaz
Director
| Sofia Shakir
Executive Director
| Roger Othman
IFANCA RELIGIOUS ADVISORY COUNCIL
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| Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr
Resident Scholar
|Sheikh Rachid Belbachir
Imam Muhammad Mardini
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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ABOUT HALAL CONSUMER
Halal Consumer is a publication of the Islamic Food and
Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). IFANCA is a non-
profit Islamic organization with the mission to promote
halal food and the institution of halal. IFANCA objectives
include making halal foods conveniently available, intro-
ducing halal to food companies and institutions, creating
awareness of halal among consumers and providing halal
solutions to consumer needs.
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Editor’s Note
Assalamu Alaikum
It is ‘Back to School’ time. This time of year reminds me of
the first verses of the Quran that were revealed to the Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH):
Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).
He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.
Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.
He has taught man that which he knew not…(Quran 96:1-5)
These verses emphasize the importance of learning. Learning isn’t limited to
school, though that is where a lot of knowledge transfer occurs. ‘Back to School’
time presents a number of challenges for parents. We need to meet a more rigid
schedule to send our children off to school on time, pick them up on time, and
shuttle them to their various activities on time while still meeting all the other
household needs. It also means we don’t have as much direct influence on them
as we did over the summer when they were home most of the day. Stressful situ-
ations may result from peer pressure, being different, or health conditions. This
issue discusses healthy snack options; how to deal with allergies and special
dietary needs; and specific issues facing Muslim students.
Teaching our children to make healthy choices and living these healthy choices at home
will help them when they go back to school. Rather than be stressed by any differences
they see at school, they can influence their classmates to make better choices.
Discussing special needs with teachers and administrators allows them to provide
the proper care and attention to our children. Educating the teachers and adminis-
trators about Islam and the need to take time off for Eids allows them to keep this
in mind when scheduling assignments and exams.
Healthy living is a year-round exercise and maintaining those healthy habits does
not need to be disrupted by being in school. We hope the ideas in this issue will
help parents and children live a healthy, happy life.
Eid Mubarak to you all.
Sincerely,
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