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Sunday, June 26, 2011

'Halal Beer' Today... What's Tomorrow; 'Halal Pork'?

The National Fatwa Council is to decide on whether a beer branded as halal being sold in the country is permissible. But the supplier of a brand associated with the 'halal beer', Barbican, have never marketed as 'halal beer' because Barbican is a malt beverage. So, what's all the fuss about 'halal beer' now. It is just a malt beverage!
Barbican - the 'halal beer'
Principal assistant director of the dakwah division of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mat Ali Sarbini, said the beer "is regarded as illicit until and unless the council rules otherwise."

He said samples of the beer were being analysed at a university laboratory.

Another range of 'halal beer'
There was no decision yet because the contents of the beer were still being investigated by the laboratory which had a long queue to attend to, Mat Ali told reporters. The supplier claimed that Barbican had halal certification from the Islamic Food Research Centre Malaysia and Asia Region (IFRC) and had been checked by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

The "halal beer" issue arose after a newspaper reported on May 28 that the bottled drink was increasingly popular among Muslims in Johor.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom was reported the following day as saying that Muslims must not consume the drink because it contained 0.5 per cent alcohol while the National Fatwa Council allowed only 0.01 per cent.

Barbican comes in different flavor
The "halal beer" is imported from Dubai  and sold here for RM3 to RM5 a bottle.

Even a 'champagne' is on showcase in International Halal Expo
After I wrote all these...I started to miss my Leffe Blonde!

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