Though Muslims Still Minorities, Kenya Begins Developing Halal Standards

PRIBUMI ONLINE, TANJUNG ENIM – Kenyan Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently announced that Kenya will develop halal standards in an effort to increase the number of Muslim tourists, as reported by Focus Halal.

Travel and travel trends among Muslims are considered to be a rapidly growing segment of the world’s tourism sector.

By 2015, Kenya received 40,875 Muslim tourists from the United Arab Emirates, bringing the total to 24,828 tourists the previous year.

Kenyan Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) director General Lagat Kipkorir said halal standards are being developed in partnership with Kenya Bureau Standards.

“We have already developed a detailed plan that entails drafting, stakeholder involvement, quality assurance preparations, and training prior to roll out,” said Kipkorir.

Kipkorir said the proposed guidelines are necessary to ensure halal catering, accommodation, and conferencing services.

“We have developed a very detailed plan that requires drafting, stakeholder engagement, quality assurance preparation and training before deploying (halal standards),” Kipkorir said.

Kipkorir said the proposed guidelines were indispensable to ensure catering services, accommodation and service conferences with halal standards.

Use of Hijab in Christian Schools

To note, there are about 30 million Muslims in Kenya, and they account for about 30 percent of Kenya’s population.

The recent Muslim trends have begun to color the lives of Kenyan society.

For example, in September 2016, the Kenyan Court also issued a decree that Christian schools should not prohibit Muslim women from wearing headscarves and other Muslim attributes as part of their school uniforms, the BBC reported.

Thanks to the Kenyan Court’s decision, schools belonging to the Christian Church were not allowed to ban Muslim women from wearing the hijab. The ruling also allows students to dress differently. But the Kenyan court judge has decided that educational promoters should be able to embrace and accommodate the principles of diversity and undertake non-discriminatory policies.

To note, 11 percent of Kenya’s population is Muslim, while 83 percent are Christian. State-owned schools in Kenya today have allowed women to wear the hijab.

Kenya already has a long line of incidents and events related to the ban on headscarves in schools funded by Christian Churches. Before the Court’s decision came into effect there were several schools banning Muslim dress and wearing the hijab. But after this verdict was officially issued by the Court, now Kenyan Muslim girls will be able to wear the hijab to school.

They will also be able to wear other types of pants or skirts to school, as long as the clothes are white. With the adoption of this ruling, it will soon bring Christian schools into alignment with the uniform policy in Kenyan state schools allowing the headscarf




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