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Dear Burhan,

Asalamualikum
First to appreciate you very much for such a noble job. May allah reward u in turn.

My question is regarding the koshur or Halal meat we eat.

My friend in Swizerland asked me about the way which muslims in that country bleed the animal for meat. What he said is they first make the animal unconcious by some gas and then follow the normal procedure the muslims follow. Their belief is not to harm the animal.

I want you to put light on this subject whether that meat is still halal or not.

 

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Slaughter animal gas unconscious in west

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

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Your Question: ..My friend in Swizerland asked me about the way which muslims in that country bleed the animal for meat. What he said is they first make the animal unconcious by some gas and then follow the normal procedure the muslims follow. Their belief is not to harm the animal.

I want you to put light on this subject whether that meat is still halal or not.

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:

3 Forbidden to you (for food) are: flesh of dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that (food) on which hath been invoked the name of anyone other than Allah; that (animal) which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any forced by hunger with no inclination to transgression (consumes of that unlawful food), Allah is indeed Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 5:

All the good and pure things have today been made halaal for you; the food of the people of the Book (Jews and Christians) is halaal for you, and your food for them.

 

It is evident from the above aayah of the Holy Quran that the food of the People of the Book (Jews and the Christians) is halaal for the believers.

 

If the below five conditions are met, the food served by the People of the Book will be deemed halaal for the believers.

 

1.      The animal itself should be halaal in Shariah. (Even if a muslim (Allah forbid) were to slaughter swine, it will not make it halaal!!).

2.      The one who slaughters the animal must either be a Muslim, or a Jew or a Christian. If a person of any other faith slaughters the animal, it will not be considered halaal.

3.      The animal has to be slaughtered and the blood should be oozed out naturally. It does not matter if the animal is slaughtered by hand or by a machine, from the front of the neck or from the back. What is important is that the veins must be cut to allow the blood to be oozed out of the body.

4.      The animal should have been alive at the time of slaughter. It is a routine in most slaughterhouses in Europe that they electrocute or sting (or gas) the animal and then slaughter the animal. That is fine, as long as one is satisfied that the treatment did not actually kill the animal before its slaughter! If the treatment kills the animal before it is slaughtered, that meat would not be lawful for the believers.

5.      The condition that Allahs name has to be pronounced is not a condition for the People of the Book, as long as nobody elses name is not pronounced. If anybody elses name other than Allah is pronounced at the time of slaughter, it does not matter who slaughters the animal, that meat is haraam.

 

If one is absolutely certain that the person who slaughtered the animal was either a believer or a Jew or a Christian, and that the treatment did not actually kill the animal before its due slaughter.then the flesh of that animal would be lawful for the believers to consume.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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