About Halal Advocates 2018-02-25T02:38:20+00:00

About Us

 

The Halal Advocates of America emerged out of the concern of a few individuals with regards to the situation of the Halal industry in the USA. Our team has visited over 15 US states, 7 countries, and 4 continents for the purpose of studying Halal organization models and regulatory practices being applied at every level of the supply chain. We’ve had the opportunity to learn from countless Halal experts, researchers, scholars, and inspection personnel on implementing Halal monitoring in the most optimal manner.

Our Vision

Our vision is to give the consumer a higher standard of Halal which exceeds the personal standards of any consumer regardless of which opinion, methodology, or Islamic school of thought they follow.

The Research We’ve Done

US Halal Supply Chain Assessment: Over thirty five slaughterhouses and processing centers were visited in over a fifteen states in the United States of America.

New Zealand Halal Model Assessment: Halal Advocates took a tour consisting of a two month long advocacy visit, inspecting twenty-five major slaughterhouses that are exporting to America.

Australia Halal Model Assessment: On this two month long advocacy visit, Halal Advocates inspected eleven major slaughterhouses exporting to America.

South Africa Halal Model Assessment: During a three week long advocacy training, Halal Advocates gained valuable skills and insights from organizational and strategy sessions, which were conducted with international Halal experts from the South African National Halal Authority (SANHA), and the Muslim Jurists Council (MJC), the two oldest and most respected Halal certifying bodies in South Africa. As South Africa is probably the country with the most developed and advanced Halal production and certification infrastructure in the world, this was an invaluable experience, which gave Halal Advocates precious insights that few others in America posses. Along with strategy and organizational training, Halal Advocates benefited from hands on and practical methods of inspection, visiting numerous slaughterhouses, industrial food processors and distribution centers.

UK Halal Model Assessment: While on this two week long advocacy visit, Halal Advocacy got to interface with the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) of the United Kingdom. HMC is the most respected Halal certifying organization in the UK. Halal advocates and HMC held numerous organizational and strategy with national Halal experts. We also visited numerous industrial food processors and slaughterhouses for research purposes. The visit to the UK also allowed Halal Advocates to interface with a number of renowned scholars including Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf, Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari, and many others, to find sunnah-based solutions to modern industrial-scale Halal issues.

For the past several decades, the growth of the Halal food economy has been overwhelming. However, the supply of Halal authorization and authentication has not kept up with this growth, both in terms of quality as well as transparency. If the halal economy is to succeed, it needs to have a firm foundation upon which to rest its values. Halal Advocates provides a much-needed role in ensuring that Halal customers are not being shortchanged in their pursuit of values-based consumerism.

Shahed Amanullah, Founder of Zabiha.com

With many different type of people & businesses jumping on the “Halal” bandwagon these days, it’s important to have organizations such as HFSAA which are making a concerted effort to make sure that these businesses are being ethical and not just making “Halal” claims without any type of oversight. It’s a difficult job, but I and many other American Muslims appreciate their hard work and dedication to keep integrity in the Halal Food Business nationwide.

Irfan Rydhan, Founder of Halal Fest: America's Largest Halal Food & Eid Festival

….A more efficient way of protecting the consumer is to have an outside certifying body to ensure a proper standard is upheld. At that point, it’s the consumer’s choice on whether to buy certified halal meat or meat which is not clearly labeled. The important thing is that the choice lies with the consumer to satisfy the Quranic injunction of ‘mutual consent’ in transactions. Halal Advocates is an organization which is working towards this fair trade through establishing standards and clear labeling.

Shaykh Rami Nsour, Founding Director of Tayba Foundation

The work of organizations such as Halal Advocates is of immense help to the modern Muslim who is trying his or her best to properly implement the laws of Allah, Most High. Do check the sources of your income. Do make sure you only feed your body with what is rigorously halal, pure and untainted with the disobedience of God for ultimately it affects your soul.

Dr. Rania Awaad, Professor at Zaytuna College