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Halal tourism is not Islamic tourism

  • Hendy Mustiko Aji


Jakarta   /   Fri, July 5, 2019   /  09:39 am
Halal tourism is not Islamic tourism Kangkong Halal Tourism Town aims to become Mataram's new religious tourist destination other than Hubbul Wathan Islamic Center Mosque (pictured). (Shutterstock/File)

Conceptually, halal tourism is different from Islamic tourism. I distinguish among four terms that might possibly confuse many people: Islam, sharia, halal and Islamic. In terms of importance, Islam comes first as a belief or faith. It is the center of Muslim business practices and conduct. As a faith, Islam regulates its followers in doing or not doing something. Muslims are highly regulated under its law, called sharia. Sharia comes second, right after Islam as a faith. Sharia is defined as laws or rules adopted from the Quran and the Hadiths or the Prophet’s sayings. It is very strict and cannot be modified, since it is divine in nature. Thus, sharia is Islamic law. Right below sharia in the pyramid is halal, which means “permissible”. I define it as “the operationalization of sharia”. The word “halal” is more precisely used to label any...

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