What is Christian Friendly Products? - We are a registered non-profit organisation (116-717 NPO) introducing an unique world first Christian food stamp. As a Christian-based organisation, we hope to offer an unique substitute to Halal for Christian believers. With our registered trademark we wish to give Christian consumers the peace of mind that they remained faithful and true in being good stewards with what God had entrusted to us.
How is Halal financing Islam as a religion? - Studies into Islam show that all Muslims are required to pay Zakat to the Mosque, which is like the tithings that Christians gives to the Church. The Halal certifying bodies are generally connected to a Mosque to give them religious accountability and credibility. These Mosques generally would get Zakat from the Halal certifying body and they are bound to use it correctly. Notice the scripture below and the beneficiaries allocated to Zakat through Islamic scholars.
"Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom."
Borrowed from Wikipedia we see that Islamic scholars have traditionally interpreted this verse as identifying the following eight categories of Muslim causes to be the proper recipients of zakat:
- Those living without means of livelihood (Al-Fuqarā'), the poor
- Those who cannot meet their basic needs (Al-Masākīn), the needy
- To zakat collectors (Al-Āmilīyn 'Alihā)
- To persuade those sympathetic to or expected to convert to Islam (Al-Mu'allafatu Qulūbuhum), recent converts to Islam, and potential allies in the cause of Islam
- To free from slavery or servitude (Fir-Riqāb), slaves of Muslims who have or intend to free from their master[clarification needed] by means of a kitabah contract
- Those who have incurred overwhelming debts while attempting to satisfy their basic needs (Al-Ghārimīn), debtors who in pursuit of a worthy goal incurred a debt
- Those fighting for a religious cause or a cause of God (Fī Sabīlillāh), or for Jihad in the way of Allah by means of pen, word, or sword, or for Islamic warriors who fight against the unbelievers but are not salaried soldiers.:h8.17
- Wayfarers, stranded travellers (Ibnu Al-Sabīl), travellers who are traveling with a worthy goal but cannot reach their destination without financial assistance
But, does Christian Friendly Products stand for any Christian dietary practice? - Since Halal is a religious practice it does come with a religious way of slaughter accompanied by a dedication prayer as mentioned before over the animal to the god of Islam. Since Christianity do not recognize the Islamic belief as one praying to the same God as that of Christian and Jew the food sacrificed in that manner is considered as food sacrificed to an idol according to the Bible and is clearly forbidden within Christianity and in Judaism. New Testament Scripture does in fact teach that Christians have to follow the clean unclean practice. Although our focus is not on the dietary practice we do recognizes Biblical teaching in that and our Logo would only be used on Biblically clean food. For this reason we wish to work in a closer relationship with Kosher. Although this topic is widely misunderstood in Christianity and never been taught from pulpits we on request from the public conducted an exhaustive theological study on the subject. This study was externally examined and found as sound by a theologian with a doctorate in theology. The study is now in the form of a free eBook that can be given on request. Due to its nature as being Biblically correct and not politically it is not suitable for a non-Christians reader and can be interpreted as insensitive to the Islamic belief. For this reason and our calling to love they neighbour we recommend this a literature only for mature Christians.
How can we say that Christians who willingly buy Halal certified Products are not being good stewards? - There is more to Halal than meets the eye. There is a major financial benefit to Islam through Halal. If Christians buy a Halal certified product they inadvertently supported Islam due to the finances associated to Halal through royalties levied on products carrying the Halal stamp. In Islamic countries there is traditionally a special tax levied on Christians called “Jizya” or “Infidel tax” as set forth in the Quran (Sura 9:29) to convince conversion to Islam, but more as a tax to tolerate non-Muslims. Halal is seen similarly to this Infidel tax, but cleverly levied in Western countries not to tolerate but to transform. The Halal industry had grown into a global industry that is estimated to the market value of around 2.7 Trillion USD$ which now not only cover food, but moved to cosmetics, supplements enc. Western/Christian countries are in fact financing a belief system that is not their own.
Why is a Christian Logo needed if Kosher exist?
Kosher covers the dietary side, but not the financial implication of Halal for Christian and Jew. This is clear when considering that Kosher is found alongside Halal on non-meat products. Products that are only Kosher are only also few in numbers.
Is the Christian Friendly logo free? – A free usage period of 7 months are given. We are a registered non-profit organization that is transparent, but still need to fulfil like any other business our responsibilities. For this reason we communicate with companies and allow them to dictate/allocate up to 70% of the cost of using our logo to any of our approved registered non-profit organizations.