Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Golden Churn: Halal in Brunei, Haram in Malaysia PART 2 UPDATED

This is a very important post dedicated to all Muslim regarding Golden Churn. Use your 'akal that had been given by Allah before you make any decision:

Sayyadina Abdullah ibn Abbas said that "Whatever the Qur'an termed as Halal is Halal and whatever it deemed Haram is Haram and about which it remained silent, this is forgiven" (Abu Dawud Vol 2). Hence, to say that something is Haram without it being deemed as Haram is wrong. Shah Abdul Haq Dehlwi, pioneer of the science of hadith in the subcontinent, says in relation to the above hadith that: "The reason why ibn Abbas recited this was to let it be known that something can only become Haram by way of revelation and it was not permitted to make anything Haram through ones own desires"(Ash'atul Lum'aat Vol 3).

Therefore, to say that anything is Haram without there being revelation about it is incorrect in itself. Allah also says "Who has forbidden the adornment with clothes given by Allah which he has produced for His slaves and the pure foods? (7:32). This verse again reveals that no person today has the right to declare a pure item Haram. Prohibition is only proven through revelation.

I don't understand why Malaysia still didn't acknowledge Brunei's finding in this matter though they know that Brunei is an Islamic country and Brunei is our neighbour.

MoRA: All Golden Churn products halal

Golden Churn Creamery Butter on display at a local store in Gadong. The Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) declared yesterday that the Golden Churn Creamery Butter products distributed in Brunei are halal and free from pig DNA. Picture: BT/Saifulizam
Friday, August 12, 2011
Mixed reactions to Golden Churn butter test results

ALL Golden Churn Butter products distributed in Brunei have been deemed halal and free from pig DNA after authorities tested 17 samples of the butter in the past week, the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) yesterday said.
"After evaluating the reports made by the Department of Scientific Services, Ministry of Health, BruneiDarussalam, which analysed 17 samples collected from all four districts in this country, including samples from a neighbouring country, the result of the analysis on all samples have shown that Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter is free from pig DNA," read the statement issued yesterday.

The Islamic Religious Council made the decision yesterday during a meeting which determined that butter products from Australian manufacturer Ballantyne were safe for Muslim consumption.

The announcement came a day after MoRA bared that the Halal Food Control Division collected new samples for a new round of tests and assured the public that the results would be released immediately.

On August 7, the MoRA advised Muslims to avoid consumption of the Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter "for the time being" due to doubts surrounding its halal status.

In Malaysia, The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday that the butter would be voluntarily recalled from the Malaysian market due to possible porcine contamination of the butter manufactured in New Zealand.

However, the Golden Churn frozen butter produced in Australia that come in 250g packets in the clear and will continue to be sold in markets throughout Malaysia, said The Star report quoting the Golden Churn manufacturer Ballantyne Foods Pty Ltd regional general manager Hemmat Nasrallah.

The Brunei Times

However, this is taken from The Star, Malaysia and from my opinion, it shows that Jakim didn't do thorough checking on the butter, but the decision was made after finding that the product came from the same factory as that distributed in Sarawak, although brought into the country by different importers.  This shows that they didn't do a RETEST on the product but base on ASSUMPTION!

Published: Monday August 15, 2011 MYT 3:42:00 PM

Jakim: Golden Churn butter non-halal

KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) Monday confirmed that the Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter sold in Malaysia is non-halal.
Its director-general Othman Mustapha said the decision was made after finding that the product came from the same factory as that distributed in Sarawak, although brought into the country by different importers.
"This was confirmed by the agent of Ballantyne Food, from New Zealand, which manufactures the product.
"Therefore, Muslims should not use the product," he said in a statement here.
On July 19, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department had declared the product non-halal after it was found to contain pig DNA.
Othman said the company had been informed of the matter and it had agreed to withdraw the product from the shelves.
He said the decision was made after discussing the matter with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, the Chemistry Department, the Health Ministry's Food Safety and Quality Division, the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department and the Johor Islamic Religious Department on Aug 8.
With the product being confirmed non-halal, he advised holders and new applicants of the halal certificate who use the product to change it with other type of butter which is certified halal and to keep the purchase receipt of the new product as proof.
They are also required to carry out a ritual cleansing process by using clay soil and water, known as 'samak', and it has to be witnessed by the Islamic Religious Department in the respective states, he added. - Bernama

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