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Jakim Sees No Issue In Accommodating Non-Muslim Flood Evacuees At Mosques

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  KEPALA BATAS – The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) said today it does not see any issue with non-Muslims being among the evacuees at mosques, surau and Islamic religious schools used as flood relief centres. Its deputy director-general (human development), Datuk Zainal Abidin Jaffar, said there was no problem in using Islamic houses…

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Jakim Officer Faces Action Over Speech Criticising Johor Sultan

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PETALING JAYA – An officer attached to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is to be investigated by the authorities over a speech in which he criticised the Sultan of Johor. A video clip which has gone viral online shows Zamihan Mat Zain making unsavoury remarks about the Chinese during a religious lecture at the…

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Rohingya Crisis: Jakim Calls For Special Prayers

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PUTRAJAYA — The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is calling on mosques and surau across the country to hold ‘solat hajat’ (special prayers for fulfilment of a wish) this coming Friday to pray that the Rohingya crisis will not prolong. In a statement, Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said the ‘solat hajat’ would be…

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Jakim: ‘Eyeglass With Candy’ Has Halal Certificate

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has denied that the “Eyeglass With Candy” sweets have haram ingredients as spread on the social media. According to Jakim’s Halal Hub Division, the sweets which are round in shape and in various colours, produced by Goodfood Industries Sdn Bhd had valid halal certification. “The…

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Jakim Praises McDonald’s

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PETALING JAYA: The move by McDonald’s Malaysia to bar cakes without halal certification from its premises has been praised by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said the effort by McDonald’s reflected its commitment to ensure that its halal status does not get tainted. He said that the issuing…

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Jakim Urged Not To Extend Halal Certification To Premises

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has been urged not to overstep its boundaries by extending the halal certification to premises instead of just the food. Following McDonald’s Malaysia’s recent announcement that only halal-certified cakes are allowed into its premises, Centre for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) co-president Gan Ping Sieu said there should…

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Sabah Goverment Support JAKIM’s Efforts To Uphold Islam

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KUDAT – Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the state government will continue to support efforts to uphold Islam by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). The state government, via the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JHEAINS), will continue to provide additional allowances to trainees of dakwah (preaching) training centres. “I laud…

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Jakim: Starbucks Drinks Are Halal

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has reassured that Starbucks drinks are halal after a viral message claimed otherwise. A representative from Jakim’s halal hub division told The Star Online that the message was not new and had previously gone viral two years ago. “We debunked this rumour before. We can assure you…

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Jamil Khir: Jakim To Meet Auntie Anne’s Reps Over Halal Issue

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) will be meeting representatives of Auntie Anne’s later Thursday over the pretzel store franchise’s halal certification, said Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom. Auntie Anne’s was recently asked to change the name of its “Pretzel Dog” to “Pretzel Sausage” in order to receive a halal certification. Speaking at…

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Perlis Mufti: Look At The Content Of Food, Not Its Name

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PETALING JAYA: Whether food is halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden) depends on its content, and not its name, said Dr Asri Zainul Abidin. The Perlis mufti said that the Mata Kucing fruit (literally means cats eyes) is halal although it is haram to eat the eyes of a cat. He also gave the examples of…

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Nazri: I Want A Hot Dog Now

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KUALA LUMPUR: The fuss created over the use of the word “hot dog” is ridiculous, says Umno’s Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament lobby Wednesday, the Tourism and Culture Minister said issues of this nature were raised by ignoramuses. “Hot dogs have always been known to be western food and comes…

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Rename ‘Pretzel Dog’ To ‘Pretzel Sausage’, Jakim Tells Auntie Anne’s

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has recommended that pretzel store franchise Auntie Anne’s change the name of its “Pretzel Dog” to “Pretzel Sausage” in order to receive a halal certification. “It is more appropriate to use the name ‘Pretzel Sausage’,” said Jakim’s Halal Division director Sirajuddin Suhaimee. “The improvement process is being…

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Jakim DG Leads List Of 188 Award Recipients From Agong

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KUALA LUMPUR – The director-general of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) Tan Sri Othman Mustapha today led the list of 188 recipients of 2016 Federal Orders, Decorations and Medals in conjunction with the birthday celebrations of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. Othman received the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) award…

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Jakim Studies Plan To Upgrade Ikmas To University College

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KUCHING – The Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) has been directed to conduct a study on the proposed upgrading of the Malaysia Islamic Skills Institute Sarawak (Ikmas) into a university college. Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said it was high time that Ikmas, which has managed to produce diploma…

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Jakim Urges Muslims Nationwide To Hold Prayers Seeking Rainfall Tomorrow

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has urged Muslims across the country to hold Solat Istisqa (prayers seeking rainfall) after Zohor prayers Tuesday. Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said the prayer should be organised to seek rain in order to overcome the drought, to be spared from the effects of extreme heat,…

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JAKIM Drafting National Tahfiz Education Policy – Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government, through the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) is in the midst of drafting a National Tahfiz Education Policy (DPTN) to strengthen Al-Quran tahfiz (memorisation) institutions in the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Therefore, he urged tahfiz centres in the country to give their views and…

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‘No Pork’ Issue: Jakim Have No Power To Act Against Premises

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IPOH – The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has no authority to raid and take action against premises exhibiting ‘No Pork’ signs. Its director-general Othman Mustapha said such raids and actions were under the jurisdiction of the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK). “Jakim, state religious departments, KPDNKK and other related (enforcement)agencies have a…

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JAKIM Has Explained To Over 1 Million People On Deviant, Dangerous Daesh Ideology

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PUTRAJAYA:The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has provided explanation and understanding to over one million people, from the true Islamic perspective on the dangers of the Daesh militant ideology. Its director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said Jakim was so far satisfied with their understanding of the misinterpretation of “jihad” (stuggle in the name of Islam) and…

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PPIM Wants JAKIM, Health Ministry To Have Guidelines On Uniform For Muslim Nurse

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) and the Health Ministry have been urged to issue guidelines on uniform for Muslim nurses at government and private hospitals. Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said this followed a case of a nurse at a private hospital who was threatened with sacking…

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Jakim Has Never Issued Any Halal Logo To ‘Haram Products’ – Halal Hub Division

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) today stated that it had never issued any halal logo to any product confirmed to be haram (forbidden in Islam). Its Halal Hub Division director, Hakimah Mohd Yusoff said investigations had been carried out following the dissemination of photographs on social websites showing non-halal products with…

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Jakim Should Focus On Urban Poverty, Says Tawfik Ismail

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PETALING JAYA: G25 member and former Umno MP Tawfik Ismail (pic) has called for the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to be redeployed to handle urban poverty for Muslims. Tawfik, whose father was Malaysia’s second deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, has maintained his strong stance against the religious body despite reports of…

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Jakim, Corporate Companies Should Collaborate To Enhance Understanding Of Islam

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KAJANG – A strategic partnership between the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and corporate companies needs to be established in order to provide an understanding of the true message of Islam in the country. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said Islam was practiced in Malaysia in a moderate manner…

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Secret Recipe’s Halal Cert Revoked

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PETALING JAYA: Restaurant chain Secret Recipe’s halal certificate has been revoked, the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) confirmed. The department, however, clarified that the withdrawal was not due to “haram ingredients” but over issues of cleanliness. It added that the certificate had been revoked on May 7. “We had to revoke the halal certificate because there…

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Jakim In All-Out War Against IS

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PETALING JAYA – Jakim is waging war against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, targeting the spread of terrorist ideology at the main “battlefronts” such as schools, universities and the Internet. Supporting the recent move by the Government to take the anti-terror fight to schools and universities, Jakim – the Malaysian Islamic Development Department –…

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GST Complies With Syariah Principles, ‘Cleans’ Fraud By Traders

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KUALA LUMPUR – There are two questions that need to be asked to those who claim and insist that the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which scheduled to be implemented on April 1, does not comply with Syariah principles. The first question: If the GST does not comply with Syariah principles, what is the verdict…

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Home Ministry & Jakim To Tackle False Hadiths

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PUTRAJAYA: Home Ministry and Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) are working together to tackle the issue of false hadiths. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said false hadiths had been used for recruitment by terrorists, citing the case of the 14-year-old Malaysian girl who tried to leave the country to join the Islamic…

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Friday Sermon: Chong Eng Has Run Out Of Ideas – JAKIM

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PEKAN – The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) said the criticism of DAP Women chief Chong Eng that the Friday sermons by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) regarding females covering themselves last week, was something done deliberately to raise an issue as she had run out of ideas. Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said…

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Police Arrest Eric Paulsen Who Claims Jakim Promoting Extremism

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KUALA LUMPUR – Police have arrested the man (Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen) who was reported to have claimed that the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) was promoting extremist ideology, here last night. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the man was picked up in Brickfields. “@PDRMsia has just arrested…

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Jakim Urges Malaysias To Hold ‘Hajat’ Prayers For Flood Victims

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PUTRAJAYA – The Islamic Development Department Malaysia (Jakim) has urged religious scholars, community leaders and Malaysians to perform ‘solat hajat’ prayers nationwide in view of the current devastating floods. Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha expressed the hope that the prayers would alleviate the suffering of the flood victims and provide relief to the others who…

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All Must Respect Article 121(1A) Of The Federal Constitution

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KUANTAN – The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) wants all to respect Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution which provides that the civil court cannot interfere in the syariah court. Its director-general, Datuk Othman Mustapha said failure to abide by the provision could cause confusions in society when a court decision was made. “The…

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