17/03/2012 – Autor: Hanif Escudero Uribe – Source: Instituto Halal
The Halal Institute has considered necessary to advance in the development of the Halal Rule as the result of consensus of various Muslim parties, mainly consumers and producers, as well as various associations and Muslim communities that allow to achieve a shura (consensus) on important issues such as food in schools, hospitals or the military, education, management of mosques or tombs.
Mercabarna, the Barcelona’s slaughterhouse, is one of the most important slaughterhouses for Muslims in Spain. Last year 127,651 lambs were killed (32.8% of total) in Mercabarna following the Islamic ritual. Three quarters of these products were exported to south of France, Italy and even countries as Egypt or Turkey. Morocco is also an emerging market. The slaughterhouse employs nine Muslim slaughterers who are trained, approved and certified by the Halal Institute (supervised by Junta Islámica).
The Halal Institute, an organization created by the Islamic association Junta Islamica, is organizing an international conference on the Islamic banking system. The aim of this event, according to the organizers, is to promote the Islamic banking system as an alternative to the economic crisis and discuss the experiences of different countries.
The Halal Institute is an entity responsible for Halal Certificate, a privately held brand of halal food sold in Spain. The Halal Institute is an initiative of the Junta Islamica, a Muslim association established in 1989 and composed primarily of Spanish converts to Islam.
From the 19th to the 21st of February, the first Spanish Muslim Fair will be celebrated in Lavapies, a neighborhood in Madrid. This event is promoted by the Muslim federation (FEME), the CISCOVA (Federation of Muslim Associations in Valencia) and the Halal Institute (an organization within the Muslim association Junta Islámica).The aim of the event is to increase the visibility of Muslims and Islamic culture in Spain. There are a lot of activities scheduled, including conferences, musical performances and food sampling. The fair will include 32 booths representing different Islamic entities and other associations and institutions that work in this field.
Islamic finance is coming to Spain, where an estimated two million possible clients await in its potential market. The Halal Institute, the center of Islamic quality certification in Cordoba operating under the Spanish Islamic Commission, plans to sign an agreement for the creation of an Islamic current account with the Sa Nostra building society. Since 2006, the Halal Institute has been in talks with numerous banks on the issue of introducing Islamic finance. Some market analysts have forecasted that Islamic banking will be one of the cornerstones of a credit system re-launched by a worldwide recession and mounting discontent over market management. Islamic banking partnered between the Halal Institute and Sa Nostra is planned to be launched shortly, beginning first in the Spanish archipelago; a specific date has not yet been announced.
Spanish state controlled RENFE railways have attempted to produce special menus for Muslims, but have failed in this mission, according to the standards proposed by the Halal Institute of the Islamic Junta in Spain. The organization has said that all the train company did, was remove alcohol and pork, but not control other matters of food preparation including how animals are sacrificed, and fats used in cooking. RENFE denies the criticism, saying that the _Muslim Menu’ meets requirements established in the Quran. In addition to the halal menu, the rail system also launched special menus available on high speed routes, to accommodate vegetarian, diabetic, kosher, and low-salt food.