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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Muslim Youth Community Center (MYCC) is pleased to announce the fourth annual Original Halal Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Rowland Park on Saturday. Launched in 2012, the Halal Food Festival was the first of its kind and was an immediate hit inspiring Halal Food Festivals all over the world, Chicago, to Toronto, to London, to Malaysia, and all the way back.
This year promises to be bigger and better. The goal of Halal Food Festival was to provide a fun filled day for the whole family while also supporting local food businesses that provide Halal food options to the community.
Halal is a term used by Muslims to describe meat that has been slaughtered in the name of God. At Halal Food Fest you will find a delicious selection of foods from around the world, including Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Egyptian, and many more.
And of course no Halal Food Festival would be complete without having some delectable hamburgers and fried chicken!. Besides having lots of delicious food, there will be dessert vendors and nonfood vendors including clothes, books, and more. All proceeds from the event will be donated to charity and put towards community projects led by MYCC.
We look forward to continuing our great relationships with sponsors, designers, press, and all of our fans—and with only one week left until the festival, our staff has kicked into full gear. Directors Samira Amer and Sami Shaban, along with the staff of MYCC, are committed to making this year’s festival one that goes down in history.
Originally published on www.tapinto.net
From South Asian classics to beef pancakes and halal dim sum, these down-to-earth restaurants cater to a range of palates
Go through the nondescript entrance near Times Square, walk up the steps past the nail bar and you will find an unpretentious space with equally unpretentious food. This second floor restaurant is popular with the lunchtime crowd, who are drawn in by its set lunch menu (example: mutton curry, two perfectly cooked naan bread and a lemon ice tea for HK$48) and efficient, friendly staff. Other tasty treats: chicken madras and chicken tikka. Washing meals down with a mango lassi goes without saying.
2/F, 60 Russell Street, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2808 0250
This gem in Sham Shui Po (there’s also a main branch in Prince Edward) serves great chicken, beef and mutton curries. And don’t forget the restaurant’s signature beef pancakes. If you want to fire things up, then order the Sichuan chicken. Staff are friendly, although take note: it can be a tad noisy if you sit near the kitchen entrance.
G/F, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Sham Shui Po. Tel: 2398 8019
If you’re looking for a quiet lunch then this cooked food market is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a place with cheap and tasty fare and don’t mind the bustle, then weave your way past the crowded tables and buckets of dishes for washing and tuck into two of Wai Kee’s most popular dishes: the lamb that’s been slowly simmered in a spicy curry sauce (have it with white rice and ask them to throw in some roast potatoes). The roast duck with its crispy skin is also worth checking out.
Shop 5, 1/F, 2/F Bowrington Road Market, 21 Bowrington Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2476 7885
Shaffi’s Indian Restaurant
Shaffi’s, with its simple décor and bustling vibe, has been dishing up a great range of meat and vegetarian dishes for years. Get ready to get cosy: the tables are tightly packed, but once settled the big menu will impress. Try the baigan masala – roasted aubergine cooked with onion and tomato. The chicken pakoras also hit the spot. And round up the troops – this place is ideal for large groups.
14 Fau Tsoi Street, Yuen Long. Tel: 2476 7885
Islamic Centre Canteen
You might get lost, but when you do find your way to this brightly lit restaurant (it’s inside one of the city’s five mosques so dress appropriately) then feast on the pork-free halal dim sum. That’s pretty much what the Islamic Centre Canteen is famous for (it’s the only place in Hong Kong serving halal Cantonese cuisine). The steamed shrimp dumplings are a must too. Take note: dim sum is only available during lunch hours, but other Cantonese dishes are available at dinnertime.
5/F, Masjid Ammar And Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, 40 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai. Tel: 2834 8211
Originally published on www.scmp.com
Times Square food cart franchises coming to Toronto.
The Halal Guys, famous Middle Eastern street food vendors from New York City, will be coming to Toronto. The halal-certified restaurant will have five franchises in the city, adding to 200 franchises across the United States and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. It will be the first location in Canada.
The Halal Guys opened in 1990 in Times Square in Manhattan to serve halal foods such a gyros and chicken as well as falafel and other Middle Eastern fare on the street. It was at one time the most Yelped restaurant in New York. The Halal Guys began serving halal-certified food in Times Square in 1990. (Halal Guys/Facebook)
Halal is a type of food preparation in Islamic tradition that generally applies to meat. According to Islamic law, Allah’s name must be pronounced before slaughter of an animal for it to be considered halal, among other rules. The Halal Guys partnered with Fransmart to manage the franchising. Fransmart is the company that brought Five Guys Burgers and Fries to Toronto. The opening dates for the American halal restaurants here have not been announced.
Originally published on www.cbc.ca
Islamic financing has received a wide response across the world. Generally meant for Muslim-majority counties, it is also flourishing in many non-Muslim countries. London is now considered one of the three major global hubs for Islamic financing. The two others are: Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. United Kingdom is the first country outside the Muslim world that has issued Sukuk, an Islamic bond, from last year. And now it is the Halal economy which is knocking at the door in many countries, both Muslim-dominated and non-Muslim.
BASIC UNDERSTANDING: The term ‘Halal Economy’ has become popular in the Muslim countries in Asia and to some extent Europe, to be precise United Kingdom, and some African countries. Halal is an Arabic word which means permissible or allowed. To become Halal any food or drink, act or work, has to comply with Islamic religious rites and observance of Sharia laws. Halal economy implies economic activities, from household to business, operated following Islamic rules and laws.
Islamic financing is a fundamental part of the Halal economy which is already well structured and diversified although some ambiguities still prevail in the real world practice. The basic principle of Islamic financing is that no riba or interest, as prevails in the conventional financing, are allowed while lending or borrowing. Investment has to be based on the risk-sharing principle where lender also becomes a partner of the borrower. Moreover, investment has to be Halal. Thus, investing in tobacco, liquor, pornography, explosive or any other harmful trading activities or Haram items are debarred from the Halal economy. ‘Haram’ is an Arabic word meaning not-allowed by Islamic religious and social laws.
WIDE SCOPE: Clearly Halal economy is not confined in food and beverage although Halal food gets prominence to represent Halal economy. Beside foods, there are areas like travel, fashion, recreation, medicine, etc. which are also considered as parts of Halal economy if complied with the Halal principle.
Researches and analyses are going on for a better understanding of the Halal economy and to clarify the ambiguities on the matter. It is definitely not an easy task and there are a lot of debates about the ultimate structure of the Halal economy.
An interesting feature of the Halal economy is that it is not limited to Muslims. There is a misperception that only Muslims can participate in the activities of the Halal economy and take the benefits. This is not true. Globally, Islamic or Shariah-based banking or financing is also used by non-Muslims in many cases. While Shariah has asked Muslims to practise Halal economy, it doesn’t put restriction on non-Muslims to participation of in it. For example, countries like Australia, Brazil and India are producing Halal meat foods and exporting those to Muslim-dominated countries.
The core of the Halal economic activities is following and maintaining the principle of ‘no harm to human’.
STANDARD IS A KEY: Product and service standard is a prerequisite in the Halal economy. The standardisation process also brings the Halal economy closer to existing economic activities across the world in some ways. For instance, product standard is an important element, especially in international trade. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements set out general rules for the design and implementation of product standards in the international trade. Standardisation helps to ensure good quality while consuming or using any product.
In fact, International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO) sets three types of standards: product standard, process standard and management standard. Product standard deals with the characteristics of goods or services, in particular with respect to aspects such as quality, safety, and fitness. Process standard applies to the conditions under which goods or services are produced, packaged, or refined. Management standard assists organisations in running their operations and create a framework within which the requirements of product and process standards can be consistently met.
Halal activities also fit with these standards. Preparation of Halal food needs to ensure hygiene and cleanliness and avoid toxic or harmful elements. In addition, Halal ingredients need to be used. Recognising the importance of standard, Dubai, a major hub of Islamic finance and trade, is now trying to set up a global Halal standards authority.
BANGLADESH CONTEXT: Being a Muslim-majority country, Bangladesh is doing well in Islamic banking and financing. But Halal economy is yet to be introduced in the country. However, some small-scale initiatives are there to produce and sell Halal food and beverage without proper verification and certification. Such bad practices may damage the prospect of Halal food exports.
There is a big opportunity to explore the global Halal food and beverage market which is now worth of US$1.1 trillion, according to estimation of Dubai Chamber. The chamber predicts that the size of the market will reach $1.6 trillion by 2018.
Originally published on www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com
Jakarta – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is encouraging Indonesian lawful (halal) products to enter the markets in Asia, Pacific and Africa (Aspasaf), as the regions hold promising prospects. “The Muslim population of 1.6 billion is a very promising market for Indonesian halal products,” Director General of Aspasaf Yuri O. Thamrin noted in a press statement received here on Tuesday.
According to the Global State of Islamic Economic report, Thamrin stated that the demand for halal products will grow 9.5 percent in the next six years from US$2 trillion in 2013 to US$3.7 trillion in 2019.
Regarding the potential, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Directorate General for Aspasaf, held a discussion titled “Identification and Mapping of Halal Products Market” at the International Convention Center, Bogor, on Monday (July 6). A total of 200 companies were invited to take part in the discussion.
The discussion was attended by speakers from several ministries/agencies such as Acting Head of the Agency for the Assessment and Policy Development of Foreign Affairs Ministry, Director of Market Development and Export Information of Trade Ministry. Also the Indonesian Ulema Councils Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics (LPPOM MUI), the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Indonesia Middle East Committee, and a representative of the embassy in Muscat, among others.
Thamrin remarked that the discussion will help the businesses in Indonesia to gain an understanding about the halal market in the Aspasaf. “An increase in the demand for halal products is an opportunity and a challenge for businesses in the country,” he said. In addition, Thamrin noted that Indonesia will also face the ASEAN economic market by the end of 2015, so exports should be increased in order to generate foreign exchange for the country.
The businessmen attending the discussion received a book titled “Information and importers of Halal Products in Asia-Pacific and Africa.” The book contains information on halal products in the Aspasaf countries along with the potential and market opportunities for halal products in about 40 countries.
In addition, the book also contains the contact information of about 550 importers of halal products in the Aspasaf region. “It is expected that the Indonesian entrepreneurs dealing in halal products can immediately follow up with some requests,” Thamrin remarked. The discussion is expected to strengthen the synergy between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesias representatives, and entrepreneurs in the country.
Originally published on www.antaranews.com