Halal Education?

Malaysia is working hard to become the global Halal Hub. Halal has traditionally been associated with food products. But now we are talking about the complete Halal value chain: "from finance to investment, livestock to manufacturing, processing to packaging, freight to logistics through retail and restaurants", according to the Halal Journal.

But shouldn't we include Education in the Halal value chain? Is there such thing as the Halal Education? After all, it is the people who makes the Halal value chain possible. As such there is a compelling reason for Halal Education. The Halal Journal, March+April 2006, while it does not outright call it Halal Education, features an article, "QIDS School: Instilling Faith in Education". QIDS, a shortform for "Quranic Intelligence Development System", is a school, or rather, a paradigm, lead by Rozzi Abdul Wahab, that integrates Islamic teachings into the normal Malaysian National Curriculum. As she puts it, the QIDS platform is built on four pillars: Iman (faith), Ilmu (knowledge), Amal (practice) and Ehsan (excellence). I believe Ehsan is the part that elevates a person to a Halal state of being.

There is too much decay in the society. We could see how the people around us becoming more selfish every day, from people doing selfish acts while driving to companies destroying the Earth. While one could argue that this is happening to all people of all faiths, one cannot avoid the fact that Muslims make up the majority of the population. We must start to teach what is Halal to our young ones and how it makes our lives better. I think QIDS is moving in the right direction. Visit QIDS at http://www.qids.org.my/ and the Halal Journal at http://www.halaljournal.com/.

A more eloquent treatment of Islamic Education (than this blog entry) can be found in The Real Purpose of Education by Khalid Baig.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: All Halal - my weblog : Various Halal Topics on the Blogs
  2. myusri
    May 09, 2006 @ 20:55:25

    Thanks for the pingback. I’ll sure check that site out.


  3. Trackback: All Halal - Blogs » Halal on variety of Blogs
  4. Malcolm Hussain-Gambles
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 04:22:05

    In the UK halal doesn’t have much meaning, Malaysia seems to have a real grip on it. We looked at getting certified as halal in the UK, and the companies that do it seem more interested in slagging each other off than having any real meaning behind it.
    As I would like our company to be halal itself as well as the products we sell (zakat etc.) following the Malaysian guidelines seems to be the best approach that we have found to date. But most of the guidelines only specify meat products, and not halal as a whole, I guess it is just a learning process.


    (website http://www.saaf.co.uk)


  5. myusri
    Jun 01, 2006 @ 19:45:01

    Indeed, halal is more than just being particular about what we eat. I really like your tag line:

    “If you care about what goes into your body, shouldn’t you also care what goes onto your body?”

    One way to sell products in Malaysia, especially “alternative” products, is through Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) (I know some people would cringe on the mention of these words). I don’t really know what the process is in getting one’s product accepted by an MLM company but I know one MLM company that seems to care about selling products that are certifiably halal. See http://www.lifecode.com.my/web/home.asp. The web site is a bit user-unfriendly but maybe you can get more information there.


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