Season of Hajj - Following In The Abrahamic Tradition
November 2011ISSN 1533-3361
ASSALAAMU ALAIKUM WA RAHMATULLAH Alhamdulillah was-salatu was-salaamu 'ala rasoolillah. All thanks and praise is to ALLAH, Subhanahu wa ta'ala, and we ask that HIS blessings and peace be upon HIS Messenger, Muhammad, salla ALLAHu alaihi wa sallam.
Season of Hajj - Following In The Abrahamic Tradition
IFANCA would like to congratulate all the pilgrims who are following in the footsteps of the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim, alaihis salaam) and performing the spiritual journey of Hajj. This year, Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, the day of 'Arafa will be on Saturday, November 5th and the celebrations of theEid-ul-Adha holiday will be on Sunday, November the 6th. The Eid holiday celebrates the tradition that Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim, alaihis salaam) made for the sake of GOD by willing to sacrifice his son, Ismail (alaihis salaam). Each year Muslims around the world sacrifice either goat, cow, camel or lamb in the name of GOD, to honor the tradition of Abraham (alaihis salaam). The meat is then distributed to family, friends, and the needy. The meat of millions of goats and lambs will be processed and distributed in the USA and Canada alone. IFANCA wishes everyone a blessed Eid-ul-Adha.
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Demand For Halal Meat To Increase In Canada
The demand for halal meats and products is increasing in Canada as a result of both increases in the country's Muslim population as well as a growing awareness about its high quality in the general populace. Seeing opportunity many mainstream companies are contemplating how to accommodate the Muslim consumers.
One such company is the restaurant chain Rôtisseries St-Hubert Ltd. A Quebec icon, it is largest homegrown chain in the province. It is famous for its affordable traditional roasted chicken and ribs. A chicken dinner for four people with fries, beverages, buns and barbecue sauce costs $27.95. A Caesar salad with chicken and mandarins is $9.75. According to media reports, its owners and management are weighing whether to add halal options to the menu.
St-Hubert has an estimated $420 million in restaurant sales a year, serving 35 million meals and generating about $280 million a year from sales of hundreds of different retail products. The chain is also planning to open restaurants in other provinces. Adding halal options makes sense when one considers the demographic data.
The Muslim population currently comprises of 940,000 or 2.8% of the nation’s population. A report published earlier this year by the Washington based Pew Forum on Religion and Life predicted that the Muslim population in Canada is expected to triple over next 20 years. By 2030 they are expected to be 2.7 million or 6.6% of the total population.
Some businesses are afraid of the reactions by some sections of the society when they introduce halal meals. But such reactions are often a result of lack of awareness about the Islamic faith and its values. Once people realize the wholesomeness of halal products, many prefer them over others.
In addition, halal businesses also save and create jobs. Many slaughterhouses and related businesses in the US which were on the verge of closing down were saved when they switched their operations to halal. The European Halal Food Park in Norfolk, UK, is expected to create 500 new jobs.
IFANCA Speaks On Halal Goat Demand At International Goat Symposium 2011
IFANCA will be speaking and sponsoring this year's International Goat Symposium (IGS), Canada's premier educational and networking event for Ontario's goat industry. This annual event will take place in Orangeville/Toronto, Canada, from November 2-6, 2011.
IGS is an annual conference to discuss new opportunities arising in the goat industry. Education sessions range from farm management information to the latest goat market trends. Featured along with Canada's Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the IGS is an important international forum that aims to educate international visitors about Canada's goat industry.
At the event, IFANCA's Canada Director, Haider Khattak, will speak on today's halal goat demand and how halal certification can help goat farmers. "We are very pleased to help goat farmers reach out to this exciting and emergent market segment," says Khattak. He adds that the market for halal goat reaches far beyond Canada. In recent years, the US market for halal foods was estimated at US$20 billion. The global market for halal foods is even larger; analysts estimate it at US$634 billion, around 16% of the global food demand.
Goat meat has always been in demand for ethnic cuisine, traditional and comfort foods. Goat meat demand especially spikes around seasonal holidays like Easter, Christmas, and Cinco de Mayo. The halal goat meat demand around Eid-ul-Adha, the Muslim holiday for sharing and sacrifice, is proving to be no different. Khattak notes that this presentation comes at an opportune time given that Eid-ul-Adha will fall within a few days of the symposium. "Halal consumers actively look for halal goat around religious holidays, as well as to prepare traditional ethnic dishes all year round," says Haider Khattak.
2nd International Conference On Halal Industry To Be Held In Pakistan
Halal Research Council is an organization working globally on Halal Advisory, R&D, Education and Certifications in order to promote the halal industry worldwide, with an objective to boost the halal economy worldwide.
We are pleased to invite you to "The 2nd International Conference & Expo on Halal Industry", scheduled for December 14-15, 2011 at Lahore, Pakistan, with the collaboration of Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company (PAMCO) of the Government of Punjab (as joint organizers). The key goal of this International Conference is to highlight the importance of consuming halal food, halal exports, and international halal market potential and to develop an awareness of halal concept among the masses.
At this conference, you will enjoy meeting and networking with the key industry players, Government functionaries, Shariah Scholars and many others from the halal industry both local and international. A team of IFANCA affiliates headed by Dr. Javaid Aziz Awan will be representing IFANCA at the conference.
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive – Still Taking Donations
The Sabeel Food Pantry (IFANCA's outreach initiative) in conjunction with AMAL (American Muslims for Activism and Learning) is pleased to announce the 10th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. Every year the pantry donates hundreds of turkeys to needy families in the Chicagoland area during the time of Thanksgiving. This year's goal is to give away 750 turkeys to the families of Emmitt Tell Academy and IMAN (Inner-city Muslim Action Network) those neighbors who may not otherwise be able to have it on their tables.
"For the past 9 years, you have helped the needy, regardless of faith, race or creed. Please donate to continue the tradition!" – Dr. Farhat Quadri, Community Relations Director, IFANCA.