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Dr. Munir Chaudry
President IFANCA
5901 N. Cicero Ave., #309
Chicago, Illinois
Dear Mr. Chaudry

In a recent issue of your magazine Halal Consumer, published by the so called Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA), I noticed that you are certifying exports of McDonalds to Muslim countries as "Halal." I wonder if you make money out of this business or is it a "service only" venture on your part.

Do you know that McDonalds is at the top of the list of businesses supporting Israel? It is the focus of international boycott by Muslims worldwide. Thus your label of "Halal" for McDonalds is a damaging blow for the boycott movement. It is all the more hurtful because you are a Muslim hurting the cause of Islam from within the ranks of Muslims.

Your support for McDonalds is also reprehensible because of the poor nutrition value of McDonalds products. Perhaps you forgot that the Qur'an does not stop at saying that the food should be "Halal;" it adds the condition of "TAYYEB" to it which has to do with quality realated to health and nutrition.

I urge you to withdraw your Halal label from McDonalds. You are in effect telling Muslims in various countries that it is okay to eat at McDonalds. McDonalds foods are being rejected by health-oriented non-Muslims, let alone God-fearing Muslims.

I hope to hear of your favorable reply very soon.

Kaukab Siddique
Ameer, Jamaat al-Muslimeen
P.O. Box 10881
Baltimore, MD 21234

2003-09-21 Sun 08:38ct