Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has stated that pharmaceutical products such as medicines and vaccines, must obtain halal (allowed by Islamic law) certification and labels.
“Pharmaceutical products are the same as food products and therefore, must be halal before being consumed by Muslims,” noted MUI Chairman Marouf Amin, here on Thursday.
He said that consuming halal products was part of their belief and faith. “Certification of pharmaceutical products is part of the efforts to protect Muslims from consuming haram (not allowed) medicines,” he added.
The MUI chairman stated that based on the Constitution, the state must protect the right of the Muslims to not consume haram medicines and vaccines. He further said that for Muslims, consuming halal medicines and vaccines was a human right that must be protected and guaranteed by the state as mandated by the Constitution.
“There is a need for a comprehensive regulation in the form of a law: The halal and haram issues must be comprehensively regulated by law, especially a Halal Product Guarantee Bill, to determine the halal and haram status of foodstuffs and other goods. Therefore, the government must draw a Bill on the Halal Product Guarantee,” added Amin.
MUI stressed that pharmaceutical products must be halal because medicines and vaccines were produced in a massive way, and they controlled the lives of many. Amin said that MUI also encouraged the government to facilitate industries to create halal and quality pharmaceutical products through research and development.
“The MUI urges all parties to pay respect to their competence and authority in line with their core duty, tasks and function,” said Ma’ruf.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim state where Muslims make up 86.1 percent of Indonesia’s 235 million population.
The concept of halal, — meaning permissible in Arabic — has traditionally been applied to food.
Muslims should only eat meat from livestock slaughtered by a sharp knife from their necks, and the name of Allah, the Arabic word for God, must be mentioned.
Now other goods and services can also be certified as halal, including cosmetics, clothing, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
The Ulema council, established in 1975, has carved a key role for itself in the Muslim country. In this case, the MUI has the authority to decide the halal matter of a product.