Do you really want to pay another tax - an Islamic religious tax?

Classical Islamic law required non-Muslims to pay a tax to benefit Muslims. This is discussed by Mark Durie in "Islam: Human Rights and Public Policy":

"For those who declined to convert to Islam, dhimma status assured the vanquished an institutional legal framework which guaranteed their religious freedom and determined their social and economic place in the Islamic state. In return the people of the pact, or dhimmis, were required to pay tribute in perpetuity to the Muslim community (umma), and to adopt a position of humble servitude to it. (The Koranic verse is Q9:29; Fight against those who do not believe in Allah nor in the Last Day, and do not make forbidden what Allah and his messenger have made forbidden, and do not practice the religion of truth, of those who have been given the Book (that is, Jews & Christians), until they pay the jizya (head tax) readily and are humbled."

Although very different from the jizya tax on non-Muslims, halal certification does involve a transfer of funds from non-Muslim to Muslims to serve religious purposes. This is because most Australian halal certifiers are Islamic organisations such as mosques and the majority of those who purchase halal certified products are non-Muslims. The often excessive halal certification fees - quite disproportionate to any service actually provided by certifiers - are a means by which non-Muslim consumers involuntarily subsidise the Islamic faith. This is our basis for referring to halal certification as a religious tax.

We highly recommend you read two excellent books for further information about this issue:

  • “The Third Choice” by Mark Durie
  • “Islam: Human Rights & Public Policy” Edited by David Claydon.
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