Dietary laws - Chicago Tribune, USA
- Dietary laws
Mohammed Ayub Ali Khan, International co-coordinator,
Campaign for the Protection of Zabiha Halal
Published July 29, 2003
Mississauga,Ontario -- This is regarding "Kosher's not
just for the deli anymore" (Page 1, July 22).
The article gives out the wrong impression that
"kosher" and "halal" dietary laws are the same.
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While there are many commonalities, there are also
significant differences between the two.
For example, halal dietary laws completely prohibit
alcoholic drinks whereas kosher laws allow them.
According to kosher laws, milk and meat may not be
taken together, while in Islam there is no such
Muslims consume kosher-certified products only when
they are in strict conformity with the halal laws. It
should also be noted that according to a January
representative national survey by Mintel Consumer
Intelligence, only 4 percent of respondents bought
kosher products because they wanted to obtain a
product that is consistent with halal.
There have been successful partnerships in the past
between Muslim and Jewish communities when
certification organizations issued dual certification
for products that were found to be in conformity with
both halal and kosher laws.
Similarly, Muslims and Jews in the United Kingdom
together are fighting a proposed ban on halal and
kosher slaughter in that country.
While such efforts are wholeheartedly welcomed, it is
also important to maintain the distinct status of the
two similar-but-different systems of dietary laws.
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