Amidst the controversial Hijab-row, several right-wing groups in the state of Karnataka have been demanding a ban on halal meat and have even associated it with ‘economic jihad’. Singer Lucky Ali weighed in on the topic and educated netizens about the true meaning of halal. Ali’s post comes at the time when the Karnataka state is imposing bans on the Muslim community, including a ban on Muslim hawkers at the temple premise during the Ugadi festival.
Singer Lucky Ali, best known for his songs like O Sanam and Ek Pal Ka Jeena, shared a post explaining the concept of Halal. Ali wrote, “Dearly Beloved Indian brothers and sisters hope you’re all well. I wanted to explain something to you…’halal’ is definitely not for anybody outside of Islam..it’s just that any Muslim will not buy any product just like their Jewish relatives who understand Halal as being similar to Kosher and will not buy any product until and unless it’s certified that the ingredients within a product are according to his or her consumable limitations.”
He further wrote, “now companies want to sell to everyone including the Muslim and Jewish populations, so to sell their product they have to label it as Halal certified or Kosher certified…otherwise Muslims and Jews would just not buy from them, but if the people are so bothered by the word ‘halal ‘they should remove it from their counters but one can’t foresee whether their sales would be the same as they were used to, with love…and understanding.”
It was earlier reported that a Hindutva group called Hindu Janajagruti Samiti called out for the boycott of halal meat during the Ugadi celebrations in the state. Mohan Gowda, the group’s spokesperson, told Hindustan Times, “During Ugadi, there are a lot of purchases of meat, and we are starting a campaign against halal meat. As per Islam, halal meat is first offered to Allah, and the same cannot be offered to Hindu gods.”