Islam, the final religion to mankind, is a comprehensive full way of life.The holy book Al-Qur’an and the Sunnah(Ahadith/Actions) of the final prophet Muhammad (peace he upon him) are the two major holy references for every Muslim for all affairs and all issues of life.
The method of DHABH(animal slaughter) practiced by the Final Prophet Muhammad(Pbuh) was quite clear and shown to the companions (Sahabas) and is well recorded at that time, especially when the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) did the Dhabh by his own gentle caring hands to the animal in front of all.
It is the same method which was practiced and adopted by the previous Prophets: Abraham, Moses and Jesus(peace be upon them), the same as done by Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
It is the same method adopted by all schools of thoughts(the 4 MAZAHIBS…).
The act of Dhabh is sacred and permanent, however the new technology and the new sciences can be used to facilitate more this holy act of animal slaughter or to give better welfare to the animals.
The Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) has warned us before in a clear Hadith that he will FIGHT all those who do not do DHABH(animal slaughter) like him.
Narrated by Anas bin Malik(RDA):ALLAH’s Messenger(peace be upon him) said:
« I HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO FIGHT THE PEOPLE TILL ………… SLAUGHTER AS WE SLAUGHTER,….. »
(Bukhari,vol 1,book 8,the Book of As-salat,hadith number 392)
Surely, the use of stunning today or the machine for animal slaughter is different than the HUMANE method practiced by the merciful Prophet Muhammad(pbuh).
All these torture techniques(stunning) were invented by the non Muslims in the west, not for humane reasons as they claim?
According to many medical researches stunning has been found to cause:
-Pain and cruelty to the animal (Islam prohibits that)
-Death of some animals,by stopping the heart , especially poultry before doing the cut (Mitah and is haram to eat in the Qur’an)
-Less bleeding out by weakening the heart beats and by causing internal haemorrhage inside the small blood vessel which are inside the meat and can not be seen called in the west: « SALT AND PEPPER HAEMORRHAGE ».
Blood here is consumed by the Muslim and blood is haram to consume as mentioned in the Qur’an and blood is a big health hazards medically?
-Risk to BSE/Mad cow disease in the cow/beef
-Disrupting and changing the natural healthy chemical ingredients of the meat which make it not Tayyib or natural and harmful to health.
Many Muslims do not know that to do DHABH(animal slaughter) without the use of any stunning is LEGAL in this country for both: Muslims and Jews.
The Jewish community do follow the law of the land and avoid the use of stunning completely, but our Muslim companies and most Halal shops do follow the non Muslims in their animal slaughter and use different types of stunning?
THEY ARE BETRAYING:ISLAM,PROPHET MUHAMMAD(pbuh) , THE MUSLIM CONSUMERS AND THE LAW OF THE LAND …BY PUTTING THE LABEL ?HALAL? ON THEIR MEAT AND POULTRY WHICH CAME FROM STUNNED ANIMALS???
(Please see my medical research/study on STUNNING and the Prophetic method of DHABH by going to the website of AL AZHAR in Cairo:
THE MUSLIM SLAUGHTERMAN
* To be a practicing Muslim
- Well Educated on the Prophetic method of DHABH(animal slaughter)
- Trained in hygiene laws and regulations, anatomy and physiology of the neck and to be certified and licensed to perform Prophetic Halal animal slaughter(DHABH)
- All Halal DHABH/Zabiha to take place in licensed slaughterhouses which meet the Islamic criteria and the government’s and EU regulations.
THE ANIMAL :
The animal should be permissible/halal and legal to eat by meeting the strict criteria set by Islam which will clearly includes:
* The animal be healthy
- Fed and grown on a healthy, natural vegetarian , organic/Tayyib « Halal » diet which should be free from animal proteins, porcine substances , filth/excreta or GM foods (genetically modified foods).
- At time of Dhabh, the animal has to be fully alive, fully conscious and able to hear, and not stressed at all(but relaxed and calm).
- It should be fed and given water before Dhabh.
- The knife must not be sharpened in front of the animal
- The Animal must NOT witness the slaughter of another animal
- The animal should be manually handled(HAND SLAUGHTER) gently , refraining from any type of machine slaughter and no kicking or beating or sticking to the animal before slaughter
THE INTENTION (Niyyah)
Is to obey ALLAH, practice Prophet Muhammad’s method of Dhabh and eat Halal Tayyib meat in order to feed ourselves,get healthy, stay alive and in order to feed the poor and needy people.
Before we do Dhabh, we are asking the permission of ALLAH to do this act of animal slaughter or killing .
Halal Dhabh and Halal meat is one way to worship ALLAH and is a spiritual and a rewarding act .
One should THANK ALLAH for allowing us to have this highly nutritious food.
THE AUTHENTIC RECORDED PROPHETIC METHOD OF DHABH:
-By holding the animal in a comfortable calm position, without causing any stress or excitement
-It is advisable for the animal to face QIBLAH(Makkah)
-By cutting the throat in the neck : by one swift/cut and by using a very sharp, very clean and long knife
-While mentioning TASMIAH(bismillah, ALLAH Akbar)/in the Name of ALLAH, ALLAH is greater).
-Making sure to cut:
The major blood vessels(Carotids and Jugulars),the Oesophagus, the Trachea but without cutting the Spinal cord
-Without the use of any stunning technique(Torture techniques),before or after the cut
-Then the animal to be left to die peacefully(physiological death), naturally and without any interference or handling till he/she becomes completely MOTIONLESS.
UNFORTUNATELY MOST ?HALAL? MUSLIM COMPANIES/ABATTOIRS/HALAL SHOPS/RESTAURANTS ARE NOT FOLLOWING THE LEGAL PROPHET MUHAMMAD(pbuh) IN HIS HUMANE SAFE HEALTHY BLESSED METHOD OF DHABH(animal slaughter)
PARTLY DUE TO IGNORANCE BUT MOSTLY DUE TO GREED AND FINANCIAL REASONS???
THE OTHER SERIOUS AND NEGLECTED ISLAMIC ISSUE IS THE ABSCENCE OF TAYYIB(natural/wholesome organic,healthy) ANIMAL AND MEAT AND POULTRY IN ALMOST ALL MEAT/POULTRY ON THE MARKET IN HALAL SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS???
MORE AND MORE TO WORRY ABOUT: OUR SO CALLED HALAL MEAT CHICKENS AND HALAL FOODS ARE FOUND TO BE CONTAMINATED WITH PORK???
Dr A Majid Katme(MBBCH,DPM)
Spokesman: Islamic medical Association/UK on HALAL DHABH and HALAL MEAT
Medical researcher on the Prophetic method of Dhabh
Weekly TV broadcaster