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1 UAE-Rules and Regulations Governing the Accreditation of Islamic Associationsin Foreign CountriesDr. Abdullah Salim Abu RuwaidaPublic Health & Environment ConsultantGeneral Secretariat of MunicipalitiesP.O.Box 5665, Dubai, U.A.ETel.:Fax:World Halal Conference & ExhibitionAbu Dhabi, U.A.E.11-13 November 2008
2 UAE-Rules and Regulations for the Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries IntroductionUAE Rules & Regulations for Halal SlaughteringConditions for the Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign CountriesAccreditation ProcedureResponsible Bodies for Accreditation and Control of Halal CertificationAccredited Islamic Associations Worldwide
3 UAE-Rules and Regulations Governing the Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries IntroductionThe UAE is a free trade country, and thereto after it facilitates smooth flow and fair trade in animal products (meat &poultry products) from different countries in the world for supplying its population and also for re-export.As a Muslim country, the UAE is keen that all imported meat and poultry products, beside being of high quality and safe, they should be sourced from animals that are slaughtered according to Islamic Rites and processed under adequate hygienic conditions as well.
4 UAE-Rules and Regulations Concerning Lawful Slaughtering and Accreditation of Islamic Associations : An OverviewThe Federal Law No. 4 of 1979 and its Executive Regulation (Ministerial Resolution No. 26 of 1984) Concerning Repression of Commercial Fraud and Deception in Commercial Transactions.GSM Decree No. 5/1985 Concerning Hygiene Requirements and Lawful Slaughtering of Livestock and Poultry.Decision No. 3/33/92-2 /1992 Concerning the Recognized Form of Halal Slaughtering Certificate.GSM Decision No. 8/52/2000 Guidelines for Legal and Health Requirements for Establishing & Operating of Abattoirs.UAE-Standard No. 993/2000 Concerning Animal Slaughtering Requirements According to Islamic Law.GSM Decree No. 32/2005; Concerning the Conditions and Procedures for the Accreditation of Islamic Associations Supervising Halal Slaughtering in Foreign Countries.
5 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals A - Requirements of the Animal to be SlaughteredIt should be of those permitted to be eaten (as Halal) by Muslims, such as sheep, goats, cattle, camels, poultry, rabbits, non-predatory animals and birds, etc.Not permitted Animals:Pigs, dogs, domestic donkeys, elephants, mules;Predatory animals and birds such as lions, tigers, bears, eagles, falcons;Carrion, strangled and fatally beaten animals;Dead animals through unlawful treatment or which has been dedicated to any purpose other than God.Animal should be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter.
6 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals The animal must be adequately rested before slaughter for 12hrs.Water is to be offered to the animal before slaughter.Feed should be withheld 12hrs before slaughter.The animal should not be slaughtered in front of the other.The knife is to be sharpened before slaughter.The neck of the animal is to face Mecca (Al-kiblah), and the slaughterer should face Al-kiblah if possible .6
7 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals B- Requirements of Slaughterer and Slaughter Tool1- The SlaughtererThe slaughterer must be Muslim or Kitabi (Christian or Jewish).He must be mature, saneA Muslim woman is allowed to slaughter, if she meets the above criteria and abides by Islamic uniform .2- Slaughter ToolSlaughter tool ( the knife ) should be clean and sharp that cuts by its sharp edge and not by its weight .It should not have teeth or grooves.It should not be made of bones or nails.If automatic slaughtering is used, the system should be adjusted to cut the animal’s trachea, esophagus and jugular veins without cutting the whole neck, and this should be done from the front side.
8 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals C- Requirements of Slaughtering & Slaughter MethodRitual Islamic slaughter ( Al-thakah) can be done by one of the methods: Slaughter (Al-thabh); Slaying (Al-nahr) and Stabbing (Al-agr).Animal’s slaughter should be made from the front side( towards the chest) and not from behind (towards the back).It should be carried out by cutting the animal’s trachea, esophagus and jugular veins.Clearing the throat and separating the head of the animal are not permitted at the time of slaughter.In case of using low voltage electrical stunning (on head only), animals should remain alive & this can be indicated by animal movement after such exposure.Beating on head or any means, such as using of bolt shot pistol or non- penetrative percussion or stunning by carbon dioxide are not permitted.Skinning and/or cutting parts of animal’s body is not allowed before the animal’s death.God’s name should be invoked on the animal to be slaughtered “ In the Name of God and God is Great ” (Bismillah wa Allah Akbar ) .
9 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals D- Requirements of Place of Slaughter and StorageSlaughter should not be performed in places and with tools used for pigs or other animals which are unlawful for Muslims to eat.Meat processed for Muslims should not be processed in the same machines used for pork or other similar meat.Meat designated for Muslims should be stored and transported in special stores and with special vehicles, other than those used for pork meat or other unlawful meat.
10 Lawful Slaughtering of Animals E- Requirements of Inspection, Certification and StampsEach lot of imported meat and poultry products should be accompanied with Halal certificate issued by an accredited Islamic association proving that slaughtering has been carried out according to Islamic Rites.The Halal Certificate should be attested by UAE Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin or by their authorized representative (a GCC, an Arab or Islamic country).Carcasses (chilled or frozen) or final containers of special meat cuts should be branded with the Islamic association official stamp.The stamp should be tamper proof and branding ink should be stable and food grade (unharmful to health).
11 Conditions for Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries (GSM Decision No. 32/2005) The Islamic Association (IA) that supervises Halal slaughtering for the UAE in foreign countries must be recognized and meet all legal requirements of the country that it is existing in.Must have a permanent residence in the country of origin.Should have an organizational chart defining the responsibilities and duties of its employees, name and position of the authorized person to sign of Halal slaughtering certificates and the acting person.Should have the technical manpower required for an effective supervision and control of Halal slaughtering.Should comply with UAE Standard No.993/1993 for slaughtering animals according to Islamic Law, and GSM Decision No. 8/52/2000, dated 09/02/2000 on Lawful Halal Slaughtering.
12 Conditions for Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries (GSM Decision No. 32/2005) Should issue Halal slaughtering certificate similar to the certificate form approved by the UAE, and the certificate should have serial numbers.Should have a section for Halal slaughtering, equipped with documentary system for all the records required for the work ( records for the inspectors or supervisors, slaughter men, supervised slaughterhouses, issued Halal certificates, etc.), to refer to when needed or requested by the GSM.Should have its own inspectors/supervisors of the slaughterhouses, and the number of slaughterhouses supervised by each inspector must not exceed three.Should have a system for selecting inspectors and slaughter men and issuing them labor cards (work permits).Should have training system for supervisors and slaughter men to increase their efficiency and skills.
13 Conditions for Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries (GSM Decision No. 32/2005) Must be involved in charity, humanitarian aid or any other service activities for Moslems.Must have a system how to issue certificates, and to keep and secure stamps, signatures and other related documents.Must send to the GSM copies of the signatures of the person authorized to sign the Halal certificates and the acting person.Must send an annual report to the GSM showing its activities, accomplishments and number of Halal certificates it issued.Commercial companies or individuals will not be accredited to supervise Halal slaughtering in favor of the UAE.No Association will be accredited unless it agrees to the above mentioned conditions.
14 Procedures for the Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries (GSM Decision No. 32/2005)The Islamic association (IA) must meet all conditions and requirements mentioned before for accrediting Islamic associations in foreign countries.It should submit, through official channels, an application to the GSM accompanied by all required documents proving its compliance with the said requirements.Should provide a letter confirming its commitment to cover all expenses involved (travel, lodging and transportation) for a delegation representing the GSM to prove its compliance, if needed.The application will be evaluated by the concerned committees of the GSM.If the concerned committees recommend an approval, this will be forwarded to the GSM Council to decide either to accredit the IA or to send a delegation to it to prove its compliance.
15 Procedures for the Accreditation of Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries (GSM Decision No. 32/2005)If the application is denied (rejected), the Association will be informed about the reasons of the rejection, through the official channels.Re-application for accreditation is permitted following the same procedure, if the IA rectifies the reasons of rejection and meets the requirements.If the application is accepted, the Association will be accredited to supervise Halal slaughtering for the UAE in its country of residence.If the need arises, coordinated or surprise visits can be undertaken to the accredited associations to ensure that they are fulfilling their commitments, or to re-assess and renew the accreditation.
16 Responsible Bodies for Accreditation and Control of Halal Certificates Food Control Services at Municipalities & Abu Dhabi Food Control AuthorityAccreditation of Islamic AssociationsGSMInspection & Control of Imported meat ConsignmentsTechnical Committees(National Food Safety Com. &Vet. Control Com.)
17 Accredited Islamic Associations in the World WORLD MAPAccredited Islamic Associations in the World
18 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries Australia :The Perth Mosque of Western AustraliaSupreme Islamic Council of Halal Meat in Australia, SydneyThe Adelaide Mosque Islamic Society of South AustraliaAl – Iman Islamic Society Inc. (AIS), Collingwood, Victoria.The Australia Federation of Islamic Councils Inc, Sydney, AustraliaIslamic Association of Katanning – W. AustraliaIslamic Coordinating Council of Victoria, AustraliaAustralian Halal Food Services (AHFS)
19 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries New Zealand :Federation of Islamic Association in New Zealand (FIANZ).Netherlands :Control Office of Halal Slaughtering, The Hague.DenmarkThe Islamic Cultural Centre, CopenhagenFrance Association Rituelle de la Grande Mosquee de Lyon, FranceAssociation A Votre Service (AVS), Paris,Association Finisterienne Pour La Culture Arab Islamique, BrestMosque Evry Courcouronnes, Evry, France
20 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries IrelandIslamic Foundation of Ireland, DublinGermanyIslamic Zentrum Munchen , Munchen Freimann,Islamisches Zentrum Achen, AachenIslamic Society of Siegburg e.v, Siegburg.USAHalal Transactions of Omaha, Nebraska, USAIslamic Services of America, IOWA, USAInternational Institute for Islamic Thought, Herndon ,Virg., USAIslamic Society of Area Washington (ISWA)The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, Chicago
21 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries Brazil :Islamic Dissemination Centre for Latin AmericaFederation of Muslims Associations in Brazil, Paulo s.p. BrazilSpain :The Islamic Cultural Centre , Madrid , SpainCordoba Halal Institute , CordobaAustria : Islamic Centre for Documintation and InformationUnited Kingdom :Halal food Authority (HFA),London, UK
22 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries South AfricaSouth African National Authority- Durban (S.A.N.H.A)National Independent Halal TrustMuslim Judicial Council (CAPS)NamibiaNamibia Halal Trust in collaboration with Alhouda AssociationCanadaIslamic Society of North AmericaThe Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of Canada (IFANCA), Toronto, Canada
23 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries ArgentineThe Halal Catering Argentina, Buenos Aires,Islamic Center of ArgentinePhilippines(IDCP) Dawah Council of PhilippinesUruguayUruguayan Islamic Center
24 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries ParaguayCentro Benefico Cultural Islamico, Asunasion, ParaguaySingaporeUgama Islamic Council - Islamic Religious Council of SingaporeJapanIslamic Centre , TokyoTanzaniaThe National Muslim Council of Tanzania, (BAKWATA)
25 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries KenyaSupreme Council of Kenya Muslim, NairobiSouth KoreaKorean Muslim Student Association, SeoulSwitzerlandIslamic Centre, GenevaChinaChina Islamic Association , Beijng – China
26 List of Accredited Islamic Associations in Foreign Countries EthiopiaSupreme Council for Islamic Affairs (Oromiya)ThailandThe Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT)IndiaJamiat- Ulama- I- Hind, DelhiJamiat- Ulama- E- Hind, AligarhJamiat- Ulama- E- Hind, HyderabadJamiat- Ulama- E- Hind, MaharashtraJamiat- Ulama- E- Hind,Patiala, PunjabMahkama-E-Sharia, DelhiJamiat- Ulama- E- Hind, LucknowJamiat- Ulama-E-Hind, KalkutaJamiat-Ulama-Andhra Pradesh/ ZaheerabadMuslim Sunnath Jamath Mosque, Coimbatore