All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) Must Publicise Income and Expenditure Statements (Approximate Annual Income Rs. 100 Million)
Posted on March 10th, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

There are many misconceptions floating in the society about the Halal certificate. The best way to dispel these misconceptions is to provide facts. There is no better fact than an audited Income and Expenditure Statement of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (Ulama) showing its total income including the income it received from issuing and renewing Halal certificates. As a body authorised to issue and renew Halal certificates by an act of parliament, it must publicise (not just present to a selected few), its annual accounts. Not doing so gives rise to a legitimate assumption of unscrupulous activity, fraud and money laundering.

According to data published by the Ulama on the number of products and entities getting the Halal certificate, the annual income of the Ulama can be estimated to be approximately Rs. 100 million and growing. It makes the Ulama the highest earning religious entity in the country.

It’s earnings of Rs. 100 million is born by people of all faiths. It is wholly unfair for non-Muslims to contribute to such a colossal amount of money for the practice of an Islamic practice. Therefore there should be a viable compromise on the issue, unless the Halal certificate is issued free of charge.

A similar amount should be charged from every entity paying for the Halal certificate and it must be paid to a separate fund that will be utilised for the preservation of ancient religious sites of the country. If these entities paying a “ƒ”¹…”very insignificant amount’ for the Halal certificate, they can surely pay a similar “ƒ”¹…”very insignificant amount’ for a worthy national cause. It will sort out this needless and ugly episode for good.

Concerned citizens and organisations must demand from the government and the Ulama to publicise its annual Income and Expenditure Statement showing its full income including the income from issuing and renewing Halal certificates.

Every Sri Lankan wants a peaceful resolution to this matter that has gone too far.

Cc: All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU)

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20 Responses to “All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) Must Publicise Income and Expenditure Statements (Approximate Annual Income Rs. 100 Million)”

  1. Marco Says:

    There are indeed many misconceptions floating in the society about the Halal certificate.

    As the author has stated it would be best for all religious organisations to be transparent and accountable to the general public on its grants, assets, finances and expenses.

    With regard to the author asserting that Rs 100million (supposedly) is born by people of all faiths, i find rather a weak statement, we do have a choice don’t we? Don’t buy halal. Simple

    Having done a modicum of research on the subject, iam led to believe 60% of the halal certified products are exported in any case.

  2. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    so that’s why they are doing this apart from the religious perspective. if our chicken culture can go without chicken and beef etc. we can nail them. we should not let ‘power’ get out of our hands to a bunch of nincompoops who parade as religious people and kill animals humanely to satisfy their palates. boycott halal and boycott meat – simple.

  3. Nesta Says:

    No. They (ACJU) should not be given the sole authority to issue such so-called certificate, as they themselves not worthy to be called as lawful. They do many unlawful activities, that’s why the Ulemas of this age are called as worst creature under the heaven as propagandized by Mohammad – founder of Islam. Not only that, there are sects in Islam who do not consider these latter day Mullahs – its organization such as ACJU as their guide on issues relating to Muslims. You see, according to the writer, ACJU swallowed huge amount just issuing HALAL certificates and they themselves are being proved being HARAM. By doing so, ACJU did a job full of unlawful, in another word HARAM.
    One Mullah quote this sayings of Prophet Mohammad which indicates that these latter day Mullahs are worst under the sky see this interesting video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHERM3Q5KYY

  4. Nesta Says:

    No. They (ACJU) should not be given the sole authority to issue such so-called certificate, as they themselves not worthy to be called as lawful. They do many unlawful activities, that’s why the Ulemas of this age are called as worst creature under the heaven as propagandized by Mohammad – founder of Islam. Not only that, there are sects in Islam who do not consider these latter day Mullahs – its organization such as ACJU as their guide on issues relating to Muslims. You see, according to the writer, ACJU swallowed huge amount just issuing HALAL certificates and they themselves are being proved being HARAM. By doing so, ACJU did a job full of unlawful, in another word HARAM.

  5. Nesta Says:

    as propagandized by Mohammad – founder of Islam. Please read this line as: as prophesied by Mohammad – founder of Islam.

  6. Universal Citizen Says:

    ACJU should come out of the HALAL certification.
    A seperate standards authority could be formed which will work with ACJU.
    Like any other responsible organization the accounts should be published.
    LOGO’s should be changed considering the feelings of the majority.
    Certification to the local market should be on a free of charge basis – The costs could be born by the Muslim community.

    Muhammad is not the founder of Islam.. he is a prophet of Islam.. As per the schools of thought Islam begins from Adam or Abraham.
    According to Islamic teaching it is compulsory to believe in the previous prophesies, such as Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus ….
    Muslims also believe as prophesied by Muhammad that Jesus will appear again to destroy evil and unite the good…

    As a student of knowledge humbly forgive me if anyones feelings were hurt.

    Peace to All !!!

  7. Caesar Says:

    Who is ruling, GOSL or ACJU?

  8. Nesta Says:

    @Universal citizen
    I believe holy bible. It also did not support your view Jesus who was born some 2000 years ago in the belly of Mary will come again. Study the religion well. Don’t have blind belief. O.K. i welcome some parts of your views on halal matter. See this link:

    http://spinninglobe.net/spinninglobe_html/jesustomb.htm

  9. Nesta Says:

    @Universal citizen
    I believe holy bible. It also did not support your view Jesus who was born some 2000 years ago in the belly of Mary will come again. Study the religion well. Don’t have blind belief. O.K. i welcome some parts of your views on halal matter.

  10. Devinda Fernando Says:

    Halal Certification is nothing more than an EXTORTION RACKET. There is no care in the world by the ACJU as to the true manner in which the animals are slaughtered, – which actually is a good thing in retrospect, because True Halal Butchery is very Brutal and Inhumane. These people are just fraudsters taking advantage of the lack of understanding the average person has about Islamic Sharia.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    Good news. Halal GONE!

    Well done Bodu Bala Sena. Jayawewa!!

    Halal certificate will NOT be shown on products.
    Halal fees will NOT be charged.

    VERY GOOD OUTCOME.

    The nation must thank and worship Bodu Bala Sena for their PEACEFUL and EFFECTIVE work.

    Now we should STOP this halal discussion. It’s all OVER.

    Thank you Muslims. You have shown you are true SLs like us. (There are some extremist swine still left as with ALL communities including the Sinhala community. e.g. Laksiri Fernando, Chandra Jayaratna, Jeyantha Dhanapala).

  12. Fazara Says:

    Islam was not the founder by Prophet Muhammed, as UC says. Thru’ Muhammed, God confirmed His guidance for mankind.
    Yes,we believe and respect all Prophets, and Holy / Good people who preached Gods word on Earth. Yes we believe that Jesus will come to this world again to preach Gods Word. And with his demise , the world will end.

    Just a thought, ….in this fora non of the muslims said a bad word about the beliefs of others or bad mouthed their religious leaders. Or called names to the other contributors. I wish I could say the same thing about the others.

    Allahu Akbar !
    Allah Knows Best!!

  13. Marco Says:

    Fazara
    Bad mouthing is indeed the Lankaweb contributors trait.
    Instead of debating the issues in a civil manner, its easy to name call and bad mouth.
    Get used to it!

  14. Marco Says:

    There are indeed many misconceptions floating in the society about the Halal certificate.
    As the author has stated it would be best for all religious organisations to be transparent and accountable to the general public on its grants, assets, finances and expenses.
    With regard to the author asserting that Rs 100million (supposedly) is born by people of all faiths, i find rather a weak statement, we do have a choice don’t we? Don’t buy halal. Simple
    Having done a modicum of research on the subject, iam led to believe 60% of the halal certified products are exported in any case.

  15. Senevirath Says:

    BALAAGANA GIHAMA ACJU ULAMA HONDAINE APE SAMAHARA “””ulamalaata””””” VEDIYA

  16. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Halal logo withdrawn
    The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) which has been issuing the Halal certification to businesses, said yesterday it decided to withdraw the Halal logo from all local products. However, companies may continue to obtain the Halal certification for their products on a voluntary basis to facilitate exports etc, and such certifiction will be issued free of charge by the ACJU, according to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC).
    Ven Bellanwila Wimalarathna Thera, Ven Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera, Ven Brahmanawatte Sivali Thera, Ven Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera, Ven Iththapane Dhammalankara Thera, other leading Buddhist monks along with ACJU president mufti M I M Rizvi at the press conference yesterday. Picture by Nissanka Wijeratne

    Several leading Buddhist monks, ACJU leaders and industry representatives joined in announcing the Halal logo withdrawal from local products at a press conference organised by the CCC, at Hotel Cinnamon Grand. The CCC said they managed to work out a consensus on the Halal certification issue, following wide ranging consultations with all stakeholders including members of the Maha Sangha, ACJU and industry representatives.

    Ven Prof Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera while welcoming the move said the Halal logo withdrawal does not mean that one party has won and the other has lost, but it was a win-win situation for all parties concerned.

    The thera addressing the joint media briefing said as Buddhist monks, they were glad the issue was brought to light and added that they were also glad that in the end the issue was resolved amicably.

    While acknowledging it was a right of Muslims to consume Halal food, the thera however said it was the view of a majority that inclusion of the Halal logo in all food products was not fair by others.

    Ven Prof Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera said the Halal issue was not something which was threatening religious amity although some parties had tried to blow it out of proportion.

    He said although Sri Lanka is a pre – dominantly Buddhist country, there was full freedom to practice other religions.

    The thera said the issue had been sorted out following discussions with ACJU leaders and other stakeholders. The thera also thanked the ACJU for withdrawing the Halal logo from local products.

    Addressing the joint media briefing ACJU president mufti M I M Rizvi said the Halal certification was issued as a service to the Muslims and ACJU had no intention of forcing it on all consumers.

    He said the inclusion of the logo had caused tension between some parties and the ACJU after consulting all stake holders had decided to withdraw it from local products.

    “Let us forget and forgive whatever has happened in the past and join hands for progress and unity,” he said.

    According to CCC officials, special outlets in Sri Lanka catering to foreigners may sell products carrying the Halal logo at such outlets if they wish.

    Also until all finished products displaying the Halal logo are exhausted, the market will have such products.

    Manufacturers will begin the process of changing packaging immediately.

  17. Lorenzo Says:

    Well done BBS!

    This did NOT happen by chance. It is BBS hardwork that paid off.

    Well done!

  18. Senevirath Says:

    YES IT IS THE HARD WORK OF B B S NOT MAHANAYAKE”s
    BUDDHISTS! BE THANKFUL TO B B S

  19. Universal Citizen Says:

    To Nesta,
    Thanks for your comments..

    Jesus second coming as indicated in the scriptures….
    Bible – Matthew 16:27 , Matthew 24: 36-39, Matthew 24: 36-39, John 14:1-4
    Quran – chapter 43 (az-Zukhruf), verse 57-67

    Since you say you believe in the Bible…
    Every human is accountable for his deeds, “The day of Accountability” even the first human Adam will be raised. So the second coming of Jesus is not a big deal to comprehend.

    Peace to All !!

  20. Lorenzo Says:

    “The United National Party (UNP) today welcomed the scrapping of the Halal logo in Sri Lanka, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said.”

    – dailymirror

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