GIMDES and WHC have been celebrating 17 Ramadan World Halal Day for almost a decade.
As it’s known, various days are celebrated by attribute a meaning. Mother day, Father Day, Valentine’s Day, World Youth Day and World Food Day are such prominent days. However, we haven’t had a special day containing “halal life” which is vital for us. Considering this fact, after the consultation with many scholars and brothers all over the world, we allied to declare 17th Ramadan as World Halal day because the first ayat on Halal was Ayat 69 of Sura Anfal (8:69) and this ayat was revealed in 17th Ramadan in 624 (A.H. 2) during (or after) Battle of Badr, the first battle between Islam and kufr.
فَكُلُوا مِمَّا غَنِمْتُمْ حَلَالًا طَيِّبًا ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ
“So consume what you have taken of war booty [as being] lawful and good, and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (8:69)
We do hope that 17 Ramadan will be a day for Unity of Muslims and we will see that it will be celebrated with great enthusiasm among all Muslims inshaAllah.
GIMDES has been organizing the following events for this year’s 17 Ramadan World Halal Day:
1- Slogan contest
2- Opening stands in Halal Dunya Markets to promote GIMDES, DHV and 17 Ramadan Day, to distribute materials of that day (balloons, brochures, etc.)
3- “Children Are Drawing” Contest
4- Sending congratulatory messages to WHC members and other halal certification bodies explaining the meaning and importance of the day
5- Making publications using social media through volunteers in provinces where there is no market.
7- Manufacturing productions with special packages for 17 Ramadan, etc. chocolate. Selling products in HDMs.
8- Sending gifts to companies that have not experienced non-compliance with 3 audits in a row, to remind them of 17 Ramadan
10- To announce the Ramadan Food and Iftar activities repeatedly until 17 Ramadan.
11-Sending congratulatory messages to official authorities such as state officials, municipalities and governorships explaining the meaning and importance of the day.
12-Distributing brochures on the importance of Halal food in various provinces on the occasion of the World Halal Day
13-Sending congratulatory messages to NGOs, media organizations, public institutions explaining the meaning and importance of the day