A lot has been said and will be said with regards the Orion saga and the subsequent 3rd Degree program. I would like to focus on one or two angles that perhaps require some focus and attention.
For me the discussion on how they reacted to Debora Patta is a side issue. I’m not trivialising it,but for me the crux of the matter is, how was it possible for Orion to get away with what they allegedly did?
Further, there seems to be no focus on the role of the Muslim consumer and the Muslim trader. Certifying bodies carry the bulk of the responsibility,but surely the Muslim trader needs to make more informed choices as to where they buy their stock from? No one seems to be asking as to whether their was any negligence on part of the traders? Who was purchasing and is still purchasing product from Orion?
Is it not a little hypocritical when many of us on one hand are comfortable eating and purchasing wherever there is a halaal label or a Muslim owner claiming that we shouldn’t doubt a Muslim,but then cry foul when we feel let down?
We wouldn’t invest our money with any Muslim, entrust our family to any Muslim ,marry our child to any Muslim yet are satisfied with a mere label when it comes to Halaal simply because it is issued by a Muslim or the store run by a Muslim? The certifying bodies carry responsibility on behalf of the Ummah,but that does not absolve us of asking questions,investigating,querying and making informed decisions as to whose certification we can trust.
The reason I bring this is up is because I strongly believe that the solution is contained within what is mentioned above.
If consumers do not purchase product or support outlets that carry certification of a body whose standards are inadequate,this will place pressure on both the certifying body and the suppliers to up the standards which will diminish the possibility of a repeat of a saga similar to the Orion one.
And Allah Ta’aala knows best!