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Bitcoin declared ‘halal’ under Islamic law

An Islamic scholar has declared bitcoin ‘halal’ under Sharia Law, contradicting earlier ‘edicts’ that insisted the popular cryptocurrency is forbidden in the religion. The new statement has appeared in the publication of the study into whether bitcoin is halal or haram preceded unprecedented price gains for bitcoin, which saw it’s value surge by more than $1,000 in less than an hour. This has led some analysts to speculate that news of bitcoin’s Sharia law compliance may have contributed to the price surge. The study,…

Pakistan, Romania to enhance cooperation in halal meat, dairy production

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Romania on Friday agreed to form joint working groups in order to enhance bilateral cooperation in the field of certified halal meat and dairy production. The Ambassador of Romania Nicolae Goia called on Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and discussed issues of mutual interest and enhanced cooperation in agriculture sector development. The minister apprised the ambassador about the working and functions of the Ministry of National Food Security and its…

Malaysian religious authorities call for renaming ‘hot dogs’

KUALA LUMPUR: Food outlets in Muslim-majority Malaysia must rename hotdogs or risk being refused halal certification, said a government religious authority.  The ruling, which also includes other food items whose name includes the word "dog", has garnered much ridicule on social media. It follows complaints by Muslim tourists from overseas, said Sirajuddin Suhaimee, director of the halal division from the Department of Islamic Development. "Any (halal) products that make consumers confused, we have to change," he said.…