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Canadian politician apologises for claiming her hotdogs were halal

The Catholic politician, who thought saying a prayer over the hotdogs made them halal, wrongly served them to Muslims at a barbeque

Canadian politician apologises for claiming her hotdogs were halal

A Canadian politician has been forced to apologise after wrongly claiming the hotdogs she was serving at a community barbeque were halal.

Patricia Arab, a Maronite Catholic, said she believed that praying over the chicken wieners would make them halal.

“My intentions - and those of the organisers - were based solely on good faith and respect for Muslim values and beliefs,” Arab said in a written statement published by local media.

“I in no way meant to offend anyone or diminish the sanctity of Halal.

“I have reached out to members of the Muslim Community to apologise for my role in this misunderstanding."

Under Islamic law, halal meat does require a prayer to be said as the animal is killed as well as Allah’s name being spoken.

However, it also dictates that the animal be slaughtered at the front of the throat with a sharp knife, with the animal’s head facing Makkah.

Founder of the United Muslims of Halifax, Imam Ibrahim Al Shanti, told CTV News he had received complaints about Arab’s mistake.

“For me it is a big deal,” he said. “I'm sure it's not her intention to make fun of it, but it looks like that.”