Kolkata:Baba Ramdev maybe a well known Hindu Guru-but he needs a Halalcertificate from a Muslim organization here,if he wants to export Patanjali products.The organization is JUH-Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind,which in turn gives legal aid to terrorism case accused.It charges a hefty sum to give the Halal certificate,which has to be renewed annually.
Founded in 1919, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) is one of the most influential, largest and oldest Islamic organisations in the country. In the years leading up to the Partition, it split and one faction, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, backed the case of Pakistan. West Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chaudhary, who is also president of the state unit of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, threatened Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 22 December while addressing a rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Kolkata.
“We may not allow him to step out of the city airport if necessary. We may gather one lakh people there to stop him,” he said.
By virtue of being the oldest and largest Islamic organisation in the country, its Halal certification carries a lot of weight.
JUH Halal trust claims to be “one of the most influential, reliable and popular organization in India” which provides Halal Certification to the Halal Compliant Restaurants, Hotels, Hospitals, processed food manufacturing unit, Slaughter houses, halal-compliant products of dairy, processed foods, additives and ingredients, nutritional supplements, pharmaceuticals formulation and other Halal certification related services.
As opposed to common perception, Halal is not just about meat products, it’s a whole lifestyle and practically extends to every product.
Halal Trust India is well recognised by most of the Muslims residing in India, Australia, South Africa, Canada & America and this is the reason why its halal certification is widely recognised worldwide. Food outlets in India are increasingly imposing Halal on non-Muslims in the country. Recently, multinational giants like McDonald’s faced flak on social media for stating that all their outlets in India have halal certificate.JUH is charging as high as Rs 20,000 for certifying a new outlet as halal (GST charges are extra). The certificate is valid only for one year and has to be renewed for which they have to shell out Rs 15,000 as an additional fee.
Every product is required to be halal-certified separately, which costs Rs 500..Since, most of the businesses in India are run by non-Muslims and the customers are also non-Muslims, the major chunk of money that is going to Islamic organisations like JUH for certification is not coming from Muslims.
The 7/11 Mumbai train blasts, the 2006 Malegaon blasts and the Aurangabad Arms haul case were some of the initial cases taken up by the JUH legal cell which was started by Arshad Madani in 2007.
On its website, JUH has listed various terrorism cases where it is fighting on behalf of the accused Muslims. These include:
- German Bakery bomb blast case (Mirza Himayat Baig v/s State of Maharashtra)
- Lashkar Connection Case (Abdul Rahman V/s State SLP)
- ISIS conspiracy case Kochi (State of Kerala v/s Arshi Qureshi & others)
- ISIS conspiracy case Mumbai (Arshi Qurashi & others v/s State of Maharashtra)
- ISIS conspiracy case (State of Rajasthan v/s Sirajuddin)
- 26/11 Mumbai attack case (Syed Zabiuddin v/s State of Maharashtra)
- Chinnaswamy Stadium Bomb Blast Case (State V/s Qatil Siddiqui and others)
- Jungli Maharaj Road Pune Bomb blast case (A.T.S. v/s Asad Khan & others)
- Indian Mujahideen Case (Maharashtra VS Afzal Usmani & others)
- Zaveri Bazar Serial Blast (State v/s Azaz Shaikh and others)
- SIMI conspiracy case (Madhya Pradesh) State V/S Irfan Muchale & others)
- Jama Masjid Blast Case (Delhi State V/s Qateel Siddqui Others)
- Indian Mujahideen conspiracy case (State vs. Yasin Bhatkal & others)
- Ahmedabad Serial Blast Case 2008 (State V/s Jahid & Others).