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  • Zafar Khan
    Dietary laws http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0307290186jul29,1,6186778.story Mohammed Ayub Ali Khan, International co-coordinator, Campaign
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      Dietary laws

      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/chi-0307290186jul29,1,6186778.story

      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
      prohibition.

      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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