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6 Things You Can Do To Support Muslim Business

“I don't think you will find Muslims in the kosher meat industry because Jews have the industry blocked up from top to bottom. Muslims are consumers of Kosher meat and by buying Kosher meat they are supporting the Kosher meat industry at the expense of the Zabiha meat industry,” a Muslim brother, who wished to remain anonymous noted.

The Halal meat industry is really much more than simply a way for you to pick up your weekly or monthly package of Halal meat. It is, in fact, the engine of the Muslim economy in America.

New York-based Muslim social scientist Ilyas Bayunus conducted a study in which he found that Chicago has a Muslim population of about 300,000. The state of Illinois has a population of 400,000.

This indicates the tremendous buying power of Muslims in this city and this state.

In Chicago alone, there are a minimum of 60 retail Halal meat shops that are owned and operated by Muslims.

Currently, the Halal meat business makes close to $5 million a year. But the potential profit could be as high as $60 to $80 million. The market hasn't developed for a number of reasons, some of them can be attributed to Muslim consumers, others to Muslim businesses.

Below are some things you can do to support Muslim business as a consumer:

1. LIVE HALAL, BUY HALAL

This is the most important tip you'll probably ever get. Living Halal means trying to ensure that every aspect of our lives fits in accordance with Islamic guidelines.

Food is only one issue. But its importance cannot be underestimated.

“...Then he mentioned [the case of] a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky [saying]: O Lord! O Lord! - while his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered!” reads part of a Hadith in Sahih Muslim.

Eating, drinking, dressing and living Halal is not only our obligation as Muslims. Not doing so is what stops our Duas to Allah from being accepted.

Sadly, most Muslims would rather buy meat from the local supermarket than trek out to a Halal grocery store, which is not necessarily very far away. Most big cities in the U.S. and Canada have Halal grocery stores.

They would also rather pay less than the extra few dollars to get the meat at the Halal grocery store.

2. MAKE SURE YOU'RE BUYING REAL ZABIHA MEAT

Take it upon yourself to ensure that whatever you are buying is really Halal and in the case of meat, is Zabiha. This is a responsibility no one should turn their back on.

Some Muslims may argue that this is unnecessary nitpicking: if a Muslim tells you food is Halal, you should not questions. But Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini , the leading Muslim halal expert in America, offers an interesting rebuttal to this:

“This is true only if you are invited as a guest,” he says. “On an individual level, yes it is true. But when it comes to the community level we have to question and we have to enquire because we cannot be taken for a ride, and we should not be fooled.“

The emphasis should be on accountability to Allah first and the Muslim community second.

3. ENCOURAGE EATING HALAL

Supporting Muslim Halal grocery stores and businesses should just end with our own personal scrutiny and satisfaction with a given establishment. Rather, Muslims should encourage each other to eat Halal and buy Halal from Muslim businesses as well.

After all, Halal is more than just about food. It's a way a life. It's who we are as Muslims.

4. ENCOURAGE MUSLIM SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Start or encourage other efforts at developing the Muslim economy, and specifically, of producing their own food.

There is a need not just for Muslims to be involved with slaughtering meat the Islamic way. There is a growing need to have animals raised in an Islamic way as well: free of hormones, and dangerous drugs often given to animals on farms across America.

Seek out ways for Muslims to develop truly Halal alternatives.

5. DON'T EXPECT SUCCESS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME

Muslims often point to the success of the Jewish community in North America in establishing a viable system for Kosher food products and labeling. However, what they forget is that the Jewish community has been working towards this goal in America for a much longer time than the Muslim community has.

Similarly, we should not expect Br. X, our local friendly Halal grocer to compare with big multinationals, who are selling products worldwide today. We have to remember that these multinationals, in many cases, started out as smaller mom and pop stores, and later, after many, many years of experience, as well as trial, error, success and failure, are at the top in their respective food market niche today.

6. EXPECT HALAL STANDARDS

DEMAND from Muslim stores not just that the meat and food they provide is Halal, but also that they DO NOT sell Haram products, whether it is obscene videos (of the American or Indo-Pakistani variety) alcohol, pork, etc. You as a consumer can make a change. But use a method of wisdom and politeness first.

If this doesn't work, consider an all-out boycott of the store until it changes its policy and removes such product.

Until we demand better from our stores, it is unlikely the situation will change.



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Emad, St Louis - wrote on 1/4/2011 9:09:34 PM
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Comment: It should go beyond the meet industry. This should imply supplements and vitamins, beverages, snack, sweets....etc. Emad Yaseen, Ph.D Nutrition Enhancement Halal Omega-3 for Healthy Muslim Families www.nutritionenhancement.com


henry, sacramento - wrote on 11/7/2009 3:08:46 PM
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Comment: fuck muslims Boycott


Jumaat, Singapore - wrote on 1/13/2005 11:16:28 AM
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Comment: Your site is totally different than others. Your briefing on Halal is good, to live in Halal, lets support Halal goods from our Muslim brothers . I like to go through the muslim sites and alhamdulillah, there are still an organisation like yours trying to help our other muslim brothers. Most muslim sites only have non-muslim traders in their classified ads section. Keep up your good work, and may Allah help those who really live in Halal and support the Halal earners.


Javed, New York - wrote on 1/1/2005 6:47:56 PM
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Comment: I do echo the same. Also I wanted to share some thing about Halal products in our daily life which is neglected some times by mistaken or by forgetness that when we buy daily usage stuff i.e., soap, toothpaste, cold creams, leather materials, we must have to make sure that we are buying the halal product (for eg. its not derived from pig, alcohol or any other haram source) also make sure by calling their toll free # on timely basis because some companies keep changing the source of their ingredients time by time. I used to use a shampoo after making sure that they are using beef products. After a while I found some difference in the product, so I called their customer service toll free # again and inquired about the changes. They said that they do use the materials in these products sometimes from different sources, few months before they were using beef products, now mixture of beef and pork products, may be later again beef products or pork. Even though you may find some haram source in sugar, salt, milk etc. So, please make sure before you buy or use. There are some Muslim businesses who are manufacturing halal soap (100% vegetarian products) and halal toothpaste) you may find them in halal groceries


Asim, Arizona/Tempe - wrote on 5/21/2003 9:34:58 PM
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Comment: Asslam Ale Kum, this is Asim, I am a Wireless Shop Owner, Car Dealer, And also deal rental Property. I was Really happy to see your main page and see that someone has written of what my heart truely speaks. A Great Job. I would really recommend your website to everyone I know out here. I will also list you on my website: www.ApiMotors.com I would also suggest that if you could start listing muslim businesses on your website. Especially listing businesses that are being recommended by muslim consumers, and considered Halal in a full manner. I will hope to see your website grow, and thanks again for having a website like this. Ma-Salama(Allah Hafiz) Your Brother Asim


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