However, anon-profit organizationhas certified Burger King’s remaining halal outlets as being in compliance with Shari’ah law.
Burger King South Africa’s nod to Muslims
As noted by Insider’s Phillip de Wet, the word “ham” in hamburger has nothing to do with pork. Rather, “ham” is a reference to Hamburg, Germany, where the sandwich allegedly originated.
Juan Klopper, chief operating officer for Burger King’s South African market, told Insider that his company is aware of this fact.
“It is just to be super-sensitive to perceptions, and to be super clear,” he said.
Klopper also told Insider that Muslim customers have inquired about the “ham” part of its hamburger items in the past.
Some conservatives argue that liberal culture is overly sensitive about offending minorities in general, and Muslims in particular. Such charges are often dismissed as reflecting a bigoted or xenophobic worldview.