Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Muslims shocked to learn that crisps contain alcohol

Senior Muslim figures have said that they are shocked that a number of Walkers snacks contain traces of alcohol and eating them is therefore against their religion.

A tiny amount of alcohol is used in some products as a chemical agent to extract flavour.

The use of alcohol was discovered by Besharat Rehman, who owns a halal supermarket in Bradford, and reported in the Eastern Eye. Mr Rehman said: “Our suppliers were unaware of the alcohol. Walkers must make it clear on the packaging so customers can make an informed choice.”

Shuja Shafi, who chairs the food standards committee of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that he intended to investigate. “Certainly we would find it very offensive to have eaten food with alcohol.”

Masood Khawaja, of the Halal Food Authority, said that it had raised labelling issues and alcohol flavouring with Walkers before. “They should have looked into the matter and solved it instead of hiding behind labelling regulations. It does not matter what percentage of alcohol is involved.”

However, a Walkers consumer care team representative was unapologetic. She said: “There is not enough room on the packaging to list things beyond allergy-causing ingredients that can make people ill. A minimal amount of alcohol is used to extract the flavour of some crisps.”

Snacks that are likely to be boycotted by Muslims are Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli, Doritos Chilli Heat Wave and Quavers Cheese.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Sheikh Al Azhar dies at 82

Egyptian religious leader Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, the head of al Azhar, has died during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Al Jazeeratelevision reported on Wednesday. Ahmed Ibrahim, director general of information in the office of Shiekh al-Azhar said "the Sheikh of Al Azhar (82 years) was heading to Saudi Arabia to attend the ceremony of awarding the King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam.

In 1986, he was appointed as Grand Mufti of Egypt on his 58th birthday, 28 October 1986. He held this position for almost ten years, until he was appointed Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University by the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, on 27 March 1996. The Al-Azhar Mosque is one of the most influential and important Sunni Muslim institutions.

Let us all take a minute to say our prayers for him. Al-Fatihah....May Allah have mercy on his soul and be placed together with the pious people before him.

Monday, 8 March 2010

My name is Sharifah Amna Sofia

"Born on Friday 19th February 2010, at 10.05am, with 3.41kg...I set forth for Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur to last forever in my birth certificate. I would like to thank my mother who took all the burden in carrying me all over the places for 9 months and delivering me onto this world. She is fine and currently under maternity leave. Not forgetting Dr. Seri Suniza as my obstetrician and Dr Anna Padma as my Pediatrician for doing a very good job. I would surely recommend them both to all of my friends...Thank you very much to all my uncles and aunties who took the trouble to visit me in the hospital and at home...and for the lovely gifts...that's all for now, have to take a nap after meal..."

yours sincerely,
Amna Sofia

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I'm sorry I haven't been around writing for quite some time, thanks to facebook...it occupies my few spare time to write in here....I hope I can spend more time researching about Islam and share it with you all. It would be pointless if we study a whole lot of lots of things but couldn't use our knowledge to enlighten other people.

Luckily, there's an email came in with this video and I thought it would be appropriate to put it here since I didn't come up with anything yet.