Fatwa Mechanical slaughtering halal?
If a meat company slaughters a large number of chickens at one time [that is, simultaneously], and as the machine slaughters the chickens there are people who are saying Basmalah, is it permissible to eat from this company?
The person slaughtering has to be the one saying the Basmalah, and not a speaker for the knife, and the one slaughtering has to be a Muslim, whereby a machine cant be Muslim. Therefore such operations are not considered Halal. His Eminence also stated that some machines are made to act quickly to save time, and this makes the slaughtering faster than the pronunciation. Therefore in all cases this is not acceptable, and Allah is the most knowledgeable.