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Forum on "Halal Industry from a Global Perspective: Malaysia and Australia"

Date & Time: Friday, 22 November 2013, 10:00am

Venue: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia


International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia
Malay Education and Cultural Centre of Australia (MECCA)
Khaza’a Foundation



09:30am–10:00am Registration of participants

10:00am–10:05am Welcoming Remarks by the Moderator, Associate Professor Dr. Mohamed Azam bin Mohamed Adil
Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia

10:05am–10:35am Presentation by Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman & CEO, IAIS Malaysia - “Halal and Haram in Shari’ah and the Halal Industry”

10:35am–11:05am Presentation by Ms. Fakihah Azahari – “Current Trend of Halal Industry in Malaysia”

11:05am–11:35am Presentation by Ms. Norasiah Hassan@Nora Simkin - “Prospects and Challenges of Halal Export to Victoria, Australia”

11:35am–12:25pm Q&A session

12:25pm Concluding remarks by the moderator and adjourn the talk


Speaker's Profile

Professor Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali is Founding Chairman and CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

He was Professor of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence at the International Islamic University Malaysia (1985-2004), and also Dean of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) from 2004 to 2006. Dr Kamali was previously Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University in Canada; he was a Visiting Professor at the Capital University, Ohio, and also at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) of Berlin. He was a member and sometime Chairman of the Constitution Review Commission of Afghanistan (2003) and also served as a UN Advisor on constitutional reform in the Maldives (2004 and 2007). He advised on the new constitution of Iraq (2004-2005) and also acted as Senior UN Advisor on the new Constitution of Somalia.halal forum iais

Professor Kamali is a member of the Shariah Advisory Council of the Securities Commission, Malaysia, and a member also of the UN Alliance of Civilisations Global Experts Panel. He serves on the boards of 13 local and international academic journals. He has addressed over 170 national and international conferences, has published 20 books and over 160 academic articles. His books Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence; A Textbook of Hadith Studies; Freedom of Expression in Islam; and Shari'ah Law: An Introduction are reference works in leading English speaking universities worldwide. He features in a book entitled, The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, jointly published by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, Jordan and The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, (2009, 2010) and also in The 500 Most Influential Muslims - 2010. He is an original signatory of A Common Word Between US and You, 2007 and listed in a number of leading Who’s Who in the world.

Ms. Fakihah Azahari is an Advocate & Solicitor with Messrs. Nik Hisham, Fakihah & Co since 1994. She is also the Director of Muamalat Invest Sdn Bhd (licensed fund manager) subsidiary of Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad since 2007. Apart from that, she is in the Ar Rahnu Committee for Koperasi Permodalan Felda, the investment arm of Felda Group.

Ms. Fakihah has organised International Halal Exhibitions in Singapore and Italy for the Ministry of Cooperative and Entrepreneur Development (from 2006-2009).

Her areas of specialised practice are Islamic Finance and Banking, Corporate Finance, Transactions, and Research and development on law.

Ms. Fakihah has several external appointments which include the Law Harmonisation Committee, under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia, to review provisions on the National Land Code relating to Islamic banking practices; sits in the Banking Committee of the International Chambers of Commerce for Malaysia, an international organisation that reviews and adopts laws on international banking standards such as UCP 600 and URDG; an EPP leader for Islamic Finance outsourcing under the Business Services lab, a project of the National Key Economic Area initiatives of the Prime Minister’s Department under Dato Idris Jala; and is also involved in Research and development for publication entitled “Art of Drafting Islamic Finance Contracts” for the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA), a research arm under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia.

Ms. Norasiah Hassan@Nora Simkin is a Malaysian citizen living in Victoria, Australia for more than 35 years with Permanent Resident status.

As a businesswoman and a humanitarian worker, her commitment and contribution to the community was recognised when she was selected for the First Women's Honour Roll by the Victorian Government to mark Australia's Centenary of Federation in 2001. In 2003, she received the Centenary Medal from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. With the award, she is the first and only Malay woman from Malaysia being awarded this medal.

In 2007, her services to Muslim Women in crisis and Muslimah Halal Catering in Victoria were recognised by FACSIA, an Australian Government body.

She owns a consulting business and has experience in restaurant management and catering in Melbourne. She has also set up four community cafes and a mobile catering business for marginalised Muslim women known as Muslimah Halal Catering.

In 2006, Ms. Norasiah, along with Muslimah Halal Catering, organised the First Australian Halal Trade Exhibition showcasing Australian Halal ventures to the world.

She is also an advisor and consultant in setting up community cafés (including Halal café) in Victoria. Currently she is managing MiHub Community Cafe for The Migrant Hub Inc. (bringing the community together and engaging and supporting small business).

Ms. Norasiah has an impressive community services record which includes among others as Community Cafe Enterprise Manager with North Richmond Community Health Centre providing café work training for young people who are battling drug and alcohol abuse, crime and mental illness; Saffron Community Cafe Manager for newly arrived refugees from Sudan and Karen (Burma) as part of a settlement program; and leading HELP (Horticultural Education Learning Program) between The Migrant Hub and Marlborough Prison Division motivation program helping prisoners learn about cultivating fruits, vegetables and herbs. As a humanitarian and volunteer worker in her local community, she assists Muslim women and migrants in disadvantaged situations to access critical support services. Ms. Norasiah is also a foster parent to many adolescents who have migrated to Victoria, Australia.

Admission is FREE, all are welcome to attend. To facilitate arrangements an email registration is required.

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This half-day forum held on 22 November 2013 at IAIS Malaysia highlighted the principal current issues in global halal industry as well as the potential of Malaysian goods in Australian halal market. The event was jointly organised by IAIS Malaysia, Malay Education and Cultural Centre of Australia (MECCA), and Khaza’a Foundation. IAIS Deputy CEO Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil chaired the forum.

The first speaker Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding Chairman and CEO, IAIS Malaysia, elucidated the categories of halal, haram, mandub and makruh from the Shari’ah perspective, and outlined some fundamental Shari’ah rules in the classification of new food additives and modern manufacturing processes. He urged Muslim scholars to be careful in categorising new products as ‘haram’; at the same time, he called for stimulating public awareness of the Qur’anic term ‘tayyib,’ i.e. the cleanliness and healthiness of foodstuffs. Prof. Kamali stated that, not only the issue of halal and haram, but also the well being and health of the community should be the main focus of halal producers in choosing the ingredients and processing techniques.

The second presenter, Ms Fakihah Azahari, spoke on common issues in halal current trends in Malaysia. She advised the local halal industry to aim at producing healthy, eco-friendly and wholesome foodstuffs. The third speaker Ms. Norasiah Hassan, a successful businesswoman with a Malaysian citizenship living in Victoria, Australia, highlighted the current Australian halal market scene and the prospects of Malaysian goods in Australia. A lively question and answer session followed the presentations.

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