While obtaining the Halal certificate is not compulsory in Singapore, MUIS said that Muslim owners have a “religious obligation to ensure that the food they serve is Halal compliant”.
This means that the food source and preparation methods are made in accordance to Islamic guidelines.
The Halal Certificate by MUIS first debuted in 1978 and was/is meant as a guide for the community to make informed choices.
It was never meant to be a policing tool for the community to impose on others.
The MUIS Halal certificate is a guide. Not a tool for suspicion.
Just because an item does not have the halal certificate, it does not mean that it is automatically haram.
I give you the example of the Granny Smith apple. No halal sign. How? Can eat or not?
Another example, churros. It’s a savoury treat. No meat. No alcohol. NO halal sign. How? Can eat or not?
I get it, with the rise of Islamic knowledge in the community, people are more conscious of their lifestyle and eating habits. After all, the body is your temple and you should keep it clean and pure. Eating only permissible/halal food is one way to ensure this.
By and large, stalls serving halal food will generally display the halal certificates.
To help calm nerves, food bloggerss have even started a list of stalls with the halal certificates to help the crowd make more informed choices, including the Bazaar Ramadan stalls in Geylang.
We really should not be paralysed if a particular stall does not have a halal cert.
Neither should we harass stalls without halal certificates.
Why be divisive and awkward (especially on FB) and demand that they display their Halal certs just because they have customers who are Muslim.
I understand if your intention is to inform others about the ‘halal risk’ that they take but you have to be careful so it does not turn into a witch hunt.
After all, even smoking is haram, how come no one is pointing that out to the’ halal food police’? Why keep their halal policing only to food?
The MUIS certificate is a guide. You are devaluing the permissibility of food to a piece of paper which only cost tens of dollars and giving others a right to judge what is halal and which isn’t.
So what if the stall has a halal cert?
You should also look out if the Halal cert is still valid and if they are indeed preparing the food the way they should (i.e cleanliness, etc).
Did you also know that a Halal food can be turned to become haram too, if you overeat and indulge in gluttony.
Unless the stall owner deliberately seeks to mislead the public by selling non-halal meat as a halal one, there is no reason why we cannot just ask the person selling it politely (i.e the meat products or the oil that they use) and decide for ourselves if we can consume their food.
If the consumer really wants to make an even informed choice, then they should also look at the type of enzymes used in the food or even the derivatives of the food colouring.
As my Malay friend used to say. Ehh how you all eat before the halal cert was created ah?
No need to ‘cheng chong’ so much mah, if you don’t want eat the food, or too worried, then don’t eat la. Why you judge other people who do not follow your definition of halal food.
Or are you being more sensitive now since it’s the holy month of Ramadan.