Rumours spread (so that's what I was told) about the lychees in cans that were claimed to be halal but not at all. I told about this to many lychees-lover friends but ended up feeling like strangling their necks because of their oohs and aahs why must you believe the internets. There are things that are not to be gobbled in blindly but there are also things that are not to be discarded away just because they are not acceptable to you.
On my office table yesterday, there were two cans of lychees and a pack of crackers which my staffs acquired from the hamper they won in sport's day. The negative side of buying hampers which are already packed is that we dont really know what they put inside. We dont have the opportunity to choose. And the can of lychees and the pack of cracker that were on the table didnot have the jakim halal sign. Yes, there was the halal sign alright but the one that was not authorised. Just a simple halal sign that anybody can paste on. That irresponsible halal sign. After briefing my staffs, those things ended up in the dustbin.
When we go overseas especially to the non-muslim countries we are very concerned about what we eat. It is very natural to find non-halal food in non-muslim countries. It is already engraved in our minds that way and it made us prepared before the bon voyage. But to be sceptical about what we eat in our own country that is something crazy that make us very furious. Perhaps to many if not all.
I bought times when I shopped for groceries because I had to read the labels. But I learned to chose. If I couldnt get the one that I wanted because of uncertainty, I would get something else which was equally good or a bit less good because I was sure that it was something that should get into my family bloodstreams.
Kirin asked me before she went off to work this morning;
Do I have to buy fruits cocktail.
Yes but buy the one that has the jakim halal sign on the can.
She's going to have makan-makan tomorrow and she plans to bring over triffle, something that's simple and easy to make.
To my friends out there, be aware of what you buy and what you eat. My advice is, dont order lychee drinks when you eat out. You dont know what they serve for you eventhough it is in a muslim restaurant. Order something that you are sure of.