Muhammad method of Zabiha is the only HALAL HUMANE and
HEALTHY method of slaughter?
PROPHET'S MUHAMMAD METHOD OF ANIMAL SLAUGHTER/DHABH,
WITHOUT ANY STUNNING,IS THE ONLY HALAL HALAL HUMANE AND
HEALTHY METHOD OF SLAUGHTER......!
Stunning is a new invented procedure, used on the animal
before slaughter,in order to make the animal" unconscious"/?not
to feel pain ?, before the act of slaughter!
The common types of stunning are:
-Electrical :used commonly on sheeps when electrodes are
applied directly to the head/brain of the sheep in most
-Electrified water bath for poultry :the birds are suspended
on the shackle(upside down), then the heads of the chickens
are immersed in the electified water bath.
( leading to strangulation and death of many ,or electrocution
and death .. before doing the cut!)
-The Captive Bolt Pistol:used commonly for cattle/cows,calves
It is the shooting,by a gun or pistol,in the forehead
(mechanical method) by a blank cartridge or compressed
It could be penetrating or non-penetrating(Percussion
It breaks the skull,shatters and destroys the brain!
-Carbon Dioxide(CO2):it is done by moving the animal through
a room which contains a mixture of CO2 and air(chamical
It is used mainly for pigs
These different types of stunning techniques,have been
invented in the west,mainly because of greed and financial
motives .. for more killings, and because of ignorance
and the false idea that:
By doing the cut to the animal to be slaughtered it causes
"PAIN", and is unhumane and against the welfare
of the animal???
However we disovered scientifically and medically and
islamically that the only method of animal slaughter which
should be accepted and practiced is:
THE DIVINE DIRECT METHOD/DHABH,without the use of any
type of stunning,and as practiced by all the prophets
of ALLAH,and finally by the final prophet Muhammad(peace
be upon him).
The act of animal slaughter in Islam is a HOLY ACT,permanently
fixed ,for all times and for all places,and is full of
mercy/health, to the animal and to the consumers.
All that have been prooved and supported by the new scientific
medical researches and studies;
Obviously we fully support all the new technology of today,before
and after animal slaughter!
They are accepted and adopted by the muslims in the world,as
long as it does not interfere with the natural physiological
process of DHABH/dying!
Also we fully support and accept all the laws/regulations
of the land which have been made for Hygiene health and
enviromental reasons and for the protection of the consumers.
We would like now to give you in BRIEF the different islamic
reasons and arguments against the use of any method or
type of stunning before the slaughter of the animal:
*The final Holy Book AL QUR'AN and the Sunnah/Ahadith
and behaviour of the final prophet Muhammad(peace be upon
him),have explained in details,THE DIVINE DIRECT METHOD
OF ANIMAL SLAUGHTER/DHABH. He showed us by his gentle
hands how Dhabh/animal slaughter should be done..and he
was/is our teacher and our model to follow!
*it is the same method adopted and practiced by all the
prophets of GOD like:Abraham,Moses,Jesus ...etc, who never
used or advocated any type of technique or stunning before
*The Jews everywhere do oppose strongly any type of
stunning for their Kosher meat.(Mose's way/Muhammad's
* Mercy to man,animals and all the creation.... is the
base/character of all the heavenly teachings..and no man
can be more merciful to the animals than our Creator:ALLAH
and all his prophets.
*The verse/Aya in the Holy Book AL QUR'AN(Chapter 5,verse
3) describes clearly and amazingly the prohibition of
some of the stunning techiques which are used today(strangulation
or suffocation/ for chickens,blow to the head/for cows..)
,and the prohibition also of many of the outcomes of stunning(death/Mitah
of the animal before doing the cut and the consumption
of any blood due to the death of the animal before causing
less bleeding out and more blood staying inside the meat...!).
Medical researches have prooved that blood is the best
medium for the growth of germs/bacteria,this is why the
meat of stunned animals decay quickly,contrary to the
meat of unstunned animals!
*TAYYIB/natural wholesome safe type of meat is what Islam
has asked us to consume all the times in any type of meat
or food. Medical sciences today have prooved that stunning
disrupts and disturbs the natural healthy"Tayyib"
chemicals and constituents of meat(QUALITY)....making
it NOT TAYYIB/ not wholesome!
*Islam forbids the infliction of any type of cruelty
or suffering on any animal, as in stunning which has been
prooved to be painful through EEG/electric recording of
* Every animal who suffered in his/her life or during
slaughter/stunning and repeated stunning especially after
the failure of stunning,will take us to the Divine Court
of ALLAH on the Day of Judgment ,for prosecution and punishment!
*It is also not allowed to cause any STRESS to the animal
before slaughter,as done in stunning(which is cruel and
give us harmful meat)
One is quite surprised to discover that the islamic teachings
are full of all types of animal care and welfare.
* the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) has said in
".......to "fight" those who do not slaughter
as we slaughter...?"
Obviously all those who use stunning the animals ,are
not slaughtering their animals as the prophet/s did!
The adding of stunning is a deviation and disobedience
of the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him)!
* the new medical sciences today have prooved the HEALING
and the TRANQUILLISER
effects of pronouncing the NAME OF ALLAH(ALLAH AKBAR)
on a live conscious/hearing animal who has not been stunned
at all !
(Please see separately
our brief on the new medical discovery/study which cames
from Syria,see also the website at the end).
When the animal discards out all its harmful blood and
the meat is purified from all germs ,bacteria and viruses.
Mentioning the Name of Allah at time of slaughter is a
CURE for many diseases and infections affecting the animals!
(see separate study)
*Halal and Tayyib is the only HEALTHY meat or Food ..and
all the teachings of islam is for our own health and survival.
*Even when some muslims consider the islamic view on stunning
is contoversial and the prohibition is doubtful(Shubha)...But
according to the islamic teachings: all muslims are requested
to avoid practicing anything doubtful or Shubuha?
IN THE UK,EUROPE AND IN THE MUSLIM WORLD MANY ISLAMIC
FATAWAS/RULINGS WERE REPORTED AGAINST ANY TYPE OF STUNNING
The European Council for Fatwa and Research,The Islamic
Shari'a Council in the UK,Darul Uloom,Regent Park mosque
and many Ulamas in muslim countries etc..(we are trying
now to make a list of Ulamas/Muftis in the world who opposed
and prohibited the use of stunning).
HEALTH/ SAFETY :
Islam advocates all the times all healthy types of behaviour
and in every aspect of life:
But stunning does break this golden islamic rule:
*Stunning kills some animals especially chickens(about
1/3 of chickens,as reported by the Farm Animal Welfare
Council/FAWC),before doing the act of slaughter,thus making
the heart stops and causing less bleeding out and more
blood inside the meat
which is very harmful to health and is full of germs/bacteria
and harmful waste products.Besides quick coagulation do
occur in the blood staying inside!
It causes also: "Salt and Pepper Haemorrhage"
inside the meat after the rupture of the small blood vessels
thus causing the consumption of blood again which is very
harmful to health and causes many cases of food poisoning!
MAXIMUM BLEEDING OUT/no blood left inside, is the rule
in the islamic teachings
*The Captive Bolt Pistol for stunning have been prohibited
lately in some countries because of the risk of Mad cow
disease/BSE when the brain is damaged or exposed and some
parts do go inside the blood vessels to different organs
of the body!
Also the new advice today to avoid the risk of BSE is
AVOID the cutting of the spinal cord during slaughter,as
advocated by islam more than 1400 years ago!!
* Halal and TAYYIB/wholesome/natural meat or food,is the
rule in Islam:
Islam advocates strongly natural feeding and farming to
the animals(organic)/ without any animal protein and without
any genetically modified diet and with the avoidance of
Meat affected by harmful diseases/chemicals can not be
consumed according to Islam!
Feeding the "vegeterian animal" animal protein/meat
is prohibited in Islam,this is why we had recentlythe
big disaster before:Mad cow disease/BSE when our innocent
cows were fed/force fed the meat of other animals/animal
-Today in the west, many top scientists and doctors oppose
all types of stunning,mainly for health and safety reasons
Van der wal,wernberg,Mcloughlin,Pollard,Winstanley,Marple
*All muslims(and the Jews) are allowed to do their own
religious slaughter,according to the British laws,which
was reinforced again in March/2005.
All are exempted from the use of any type of stunning.
So nothing to worry about if muslims practice their prophetic
method of slaughter?
This law/facility is also in some other European/western
All arab and muslim governments support and facilitate
too the prophetic method of animal slaughter,without the
use of any type of stunning.
*The Opposition to any type of stunning in the is the
OFFICIAL VIEW of muslim organisations/mosques and imams
in the UK, and which was given repeatedly to DEFRA,Farm
animal welfare Council,the Ministers and the Prime Minister
(many submissions against any stunning, were done in the
name of the Muslim Council of Britain(MCB) which do represent
over 400 muslim organisations and mosques,the Union of
Muslim organisations/UMO which do represent over 215 muslim
organisations and mosques,
The Islamic Cultural Centre/Regent Park mosque,the islamic
Sharia Council,Darul Uloom
the islamic Medical Association,UK Islamic Mission,Islamic
We do admit that, unfortunately, there are some muslims
who do practice stunning mainly because of their ignorance
and lack of knowledge, on all the above mentioned islamic
, scientific medical and legal datas and facts...
or because of their greed and for financial motives.
Many also do not know that it is allowed and is legal
to slaughter animals without any type of stunning.
Commonly, "muslim businessmen" are behind the
support and use of stunning???,some do try to "buy"a
"cheap fatwa" from a mosque/centre in order
to justify their wrong doing!ALL FOR MONEY?
Some they say:
We do stunning without killing the animal?
But this argument is devious and misleading for many reasons:
-First: Who is checking/ or double checking or through
a vet,if each individual animal slaughtered ,is still
alive after stunning.especially when there is a mass large
production to kill 6000 birds/hour,with the competition
to kill more and more/hour??
- Second:What about the other HARAMS/problems resulting
from stunning,even when the animal is still alive if one
is sure about that:
*pain and cruelty to the animal who can not speak or
*rupture of the small and minute blood vessels inside
the meat ,thus oozing blood inside, have less bleeding
out ,and blood/meat is consumed after by the muslims ..when
any drop of blood is forbidden to consume in Islam!
*damage to the natural healthy chemical composition of
the meat,making the meat NOT TAYYIB and not healthy to
consume,even it becomes poisonous!
* interference with the hearing of the Name of ALLAH(ALLAH
IS GREATER) and its miraculous beneficial healing and
tranquilliser effects to both:man and animal!
* what about the other religious and health datas which
were mentioned before
and which do oppose any type of stunning
Similarly and unfortunately,some Ulamas/Imams ,have not
been aware of all these HORRIFYING FACTS and medical outcomes
related to stunning.... they badly need to be aware of
these new scientific/medical informations and facts which
result from stunning ,before they do "fall into the
trap" and give any wrong fatwa/ruling on stunning!
Dr A.Majid Katme(MBBCH,DPM)
Muslim Spokesman on Halal meat and Food
Spokesman: Islamic Medical Association/UK
Tel no: 0044 7944 240 622 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
-My scientific medical islamic study:
AN UP-TO-DATE ASSESSMENT OF THE MUSLIM METHOD OF SLAUGHTER
(you can get it from many muslim websites..or by going
-The famous book: AL-DHABH:Slaying animals for food the
By Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan
-Websites against stunning:
www.unstunnedhalal.com (islamic and medical facts against
www.iccservices.org.uk (Regent Park mosque)
www.iccuk.org (Regent Park mosque)
www.halalmc.co.uk (Halal Monitoring Committee/Halal shop
www.mcb.org.uk (Muslim Council of Britain)
www.thingsnotsaid.org( Effects of saying ALLAH AKBAR on
the conscious animal)
www.shechitauk.org (Jews/for Kosher meat/no stunning)