It is futile to make generalizations about people and any group. BBS is referring to the Halal issue as a plan by the Muslim community to spread their philosophy and impose it on people. It is far from it, as most Muslim people never wanted the halal certification, and are now forced to adhere to it because it is there, and not demanded by the Muslims in general. It therefore was a way to force Muslims to use halal saying if it is not certified then you should not! This is AN underhand way to further reinforce halal on first Muslim and then optionally on others.
Do not accuse the whole Muslim community for the plans and ideas of a few, sometimes well meaning at other times devious people with personal agendas. No different to what the BBS is. They cut from the same cloth just different sides!!
I have many Muslim friends and their habits most fundamentalists will describe as heretical. However they believe in their faith very strongly, they are headstrong, many female, who wish to have freedom to do as they please. They are able to justify their behavior with the teachings of the Koran and do not wish any Mullah other than the one who pastors to advise them. They are like most of us in Sri Lanka, working, caring for their families and surviving with no intention to dictate.
It is clear one can come to terms with one’s religion, with a sense of respect but not blind adherence to rules laid down strictly interpreted by some fundamentalists. There were certain situations at the time of the beginning of Islam, that determined how and why rules of behavior were set up, and it is the fundamentalists that interpret it in a way that does not make sense to many and worse to non-Muslims, resulting in fear, misunderstanding and worse religious tension.
In the end what I believe, and what many Muslims have told me is how they lead their lives, not judging others, is what is important. There are differences of opinion with the Shia Sunni sects, so one does not have to accept one method as true and all others false! They fast, they pray, they don’t eat pork, and try and ensure the meats are halal, but they maintain, that it is absurd to check that every product is certified, by checking processes ingredients and how foods are prepared. What is the logic for a water bottle to be halal certified, when a certification does not guarantee it and only offers peace of mind, not fool proof certification? It is how God wants them to behave. It is about being modest, not covering one’s hair. They are the most wonderful of my friends and are never critical of what I do, nor I of them. The principle of not being judgmental is at the heart of live and let live, as we MUST NOT create a non-existent monster to divide our amity.