The Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust is an NGO/NPO, duly established in 1945. It formally adopted its legal status in 1986 as a legal ḥalāl authority, namely: the MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT), to endorse and certify ḥalāl products and consumables for the Muslims of South Africa and beyond its borders. Currently, its ḥalāl product logo is legally registered with the South African authorities.
A priority and of utmost concern that Muslims, especially in South Africa eat and drink ḥalāl, nutritional, and wholesome (i.e. ḥalāl and ṭay-yib) food and drink, was an entrenched-accolade for our pioneering Muslim religious leaders (‘ulamā), especially in the Western Cape, South Africa. They laid the fundamental blocks for ḥalāl-assurance and ḥalāl-control, which subsequently developed from an informal body to a formal structure for ḥalāl certification (i.e. the MJCHT). This was achieved by consulting ‘ulamā, professionals, and academics in the field. In this way, Muslims were assured of ḥalāl dietary/food for themselves in South Africa. The formal registration of the MJCHT as a Trust in 1986 endorsed the MJCHT as a ḥalāl certifying authority, which is duly recognized locally, nationally, and internationally. The MJCHT is not only the oldest organization but also the first ḥalāl entity in the world to have catapulted the concept of ḥalāl certification into the international ḥalāl arena, as an organization (i.e. an NGO or NPO).
Oldest Halal Regulatory Body
The International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva in Switzerland, listed the MJC Halaal Trust (MJCHT) as the first and oldest Ḥalāl Regulatory Body in the world. In their 2015 “Ḥalāl Goes Global” publication, under the heading, “The Evolution of Ḥalāl Regulations”, the ITC states (p.32):
1945 – The Muslim Judicial Council Halaal Trust was formed in Cape Town, to ensure that Islamic dietary laws are adhered to for the Muslims in South Africa.
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) pivots on current digital trends, the MJCHT partnered with SERUNAI, Malaysia, and Ḥalāl Coe in 2020. The MJCHT now utilizes an automated and digitalized Ḥalāl Assurance System (HAS) namely VH SMART™ that provides a seamless ḥalāl certificate application, maintenance, and renewal. This system is equipped with ḥalāl blockchain technology called Ḥalāl Digital Chain (HADIC™), which is based on the Malaysian Standard: MS 1500, ISO 9001, and ISO 17065.
HADIC™ ensures ḥalāl integrity is maintained throughout the certification process according to global ḥalāl regulatory standards. The MJCHT uses a sophisticated system called Certification Bodies Master System (CBMS™) to pair the brand/product supplier with digital Ḥalāl Assurance System and VH SMART™ that clients would use during the process of renewing certification. The process links between VH SMART™, CBMS™, HADIC™, and VERIFY ḤALĀL™ combat ḥalāl fraud and other negative issues in the ḥalāl industry.
Even though the South African Muslim population comprises an estimated 5.7 million Muslims, equivalent to about 10% of the total population, the MJCHT is a key religious and ḥalāl authority ensuring that Islāmic dietary laws and requirements are observed, not only in South Africa but also globally by securing fundamental precepts through its pristine ḥalāl-applied practices of ḥalāl-consciousness, ḥalāl-correctness, ḥalāl-integrity, ḥalāl-control, and ḥalāl-compliance.