Christian Friendly Products (CFP) and Egeiro Ministry are calling on Christians to support a 10 days Daniel fast from November 8 to 18, during which they will not buy, eat or drink any halaal products.
CFP is a South African non profit company that wants suppliers to display its label on their products rather than halaal labels which currently appear on more than 50% of SA food products and help to finance the spread of Islam. Royalties from CFP labeling will be used to support Christian mission organisations.
Explaining the Daniel fast call, CFP co-founder Etienne de Jager says the idea was not his but God’s.
“I was not thinking of CFP or halaal when I was reading Daniel 1. I don’t even know why I was reading that because I am working through another area in the Bible, but I ended up reading it. I was a bit down that evening, tired and maybe a bit disappointed because we have spoken to many companies and found no real positive response. It felt that it was a spiritual battle that we are trying to fight in a fleshly manner.
“After reading the Scripture in Daniel it really spoke to me. All belongs to God and nothing happens that He does not allow, but He wants people to humble themselves. This way any success of fighting halaal would only be accredited to Him and not our human efforts. Through the Bible we see that the large and significant battles were won by God fighting the battles for Israel.
“In this fast we are asking Him to fight this battle for us. That people will focus on Him and ask Him for a breakthrough in this battle that we cannot win. A time of not defiling us with the food from the earthly kings table, but to be like Daniel and his friends. We see in this Scripture how God blessed Daniel and his friends, because He could see their hearts.”
Christians are asked to join the fast by reading and prayerfully meditating on Daniel 1: 8 – 20, avoiding halaal products, and asking God to “save our nation from the grip of halaal trade”.