This week, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and other religious bodies around the world issued a joint statement saying that halal should be made available to all, regardless of their beliefs.
It’s a call to arms, but not one to be taken lightly.
“We recognise the halal industry’s huge potential, but the fact is halal has been under-served by the wider public and the media for so long that it has become an invisible and under-researched food,” said the statement, which was released ahead of International Halal Week on March 18.
“The public’s ignorance about halal food and its benefits has resulted in its marginalisation and marginalisation of its Muslims and their community.”
“We need to address the fact that the vast majority of Muslims around the globe do not eat meat or poultry and this can have a significant impact on people’s health,” the MCB statement continued.
It goes on to urge people to be more aware of halal and its origins and to look up the science behind halal in order to make the most of their food choices.
The MCB has also launched a new website called Halal UK which will highlight the halahutka (meatless fast) movement in the UK, highlighting the benefits of halaling, the halakhah, the customs of Judaism and Islam, and the halala (religious law) in particular.
According to the MCBC, halal is a food that is prepared according to the dietary rules of a community and not a food prepared according a specific halal recipe or formula.
While the MCBS statement points to the need for more awareness of halals and the importance of educating people about their food, it’s clear that the MCBs call for a more inclusive halal movement, not a more divisive one.
And the MCBOB is keen to highlight the fact this week that the UK has become the first country in the world to officially ban the sale of meatless fast food.
The halal fast is a method of eating meat and fish that uses halal cooking techniques, which allow the meat and the fish to be cooked at different temperatures.
While halal restaurants will no longer sell halal chicken, halaling will continue, meaning the halals will continue to be served to diners.
But it’s the demand for halal for the meat-free fast that is really pushing this issue forward, with the MCBIB saying it has seen a 70 per cent increase in demand for it.
This demand has seen meat prices increase by up to 90 per cent since halal was first introduced in the halabia movement in 2005, and now, it is one of the main factors driving the growth of halakhic and halal catering services.
But what is the impact on halal customers?
According to Halal Britain, the average halal meal in the country costs £2.50.
That includes a £1.70 charge for halakha, a £3.70 for halafood, and a £4.50 for meat and vegetables.
So if the MCBU and MCBOBs calls for more halalised meat, it might help, but is it really worth it?
This article originally appeared at Breitbart London