Halal In Ramadan

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In the Name of ALLAH,the most Compassionate the most Merciful

(Surah 2(Al baqarah),verse 168)

*Islam is a whole way of life and we have all Islamic details on foods:Halal meat and Halal foods,Haram foods and drinks,how to eat and when to eat etc……?

*For genuine Halal meat/poultry: Our teacher and model,Sayyidna Muhammad(peace be upon him) has told us and has shown us :how to do Dhabh/Zabh(animal slaughter) and he warned us in a Hadith in case one deviate from his humane Prophetic method,as in the use today of many stunning/torture techniques(electric shock for sheeps,electric water bath for poultry and Captive bolt pistol for cows) which are adopted widely by the non Muslims in the UK/Europe and unfortunately by most Muslim/non Muslim companies who supply most so called Halal meat/poultry to most Halal shops and Muslim restaurants?

Although the law in Britain allows Muslims(& Jews) to slaughter their animals according to their religion/Prophetic method and without the use of any stunning technique.?

New Medical scientific knowledge onthe effects of stunning on the animal have shown many HARAM OUTCOMES, apart from inflicting pain and cruelty on the animal:

Some animals die from stunning like the poultry(33%)….this is MITAH and is Haram to eat even when the throat was cut after.

There is less bleeding out after stunning and some blood stays inside the meat itself.

Blood is harmful to health and Haram to consume.

Stunning the cow has been found to spread Mad cow disease(BSE) too….

The Official Muslim view in the UK:
Halal meat/poultry is only in the Prophetic method of Dhabh and without the use of any stunning before Dhabh or mechanical slaughter.
IT IS A DUTY ON EVERY ONE OF US to make sure of Halal!

Unfortunately it was found in many reports/studies that in about 90% of the meat/poultry in halal shops and restaurants,the animals were stunned before:NOT GENUINE HALAL AND MANY MIGHT CONTAIN MUHARRAMAT!

Another order in the Qur’an is to eat also only: TAYYIB MEAT/FOODS AND DRINKS.
Unfortunately , most of the meat/poultry we eat today is not Tayyib?
The animal body, in most cases, is full of: antibiotics,hormones,harmful chemicals from vaccines, fed:GM diet , unnatural diet or animal protein?

Also most FOODS today is not Tayyib!
As it is not natural or wholesome , is full of chemicals and additives,processed and is considered as junk foods and is very unhealthy!

*For Halal foods and drinks:
We are aware today of many HARAM ingredients in many foods and drinks on the market (bread,biscuit,icecream etc…) like:
Gelatin or fat from pork,alcohol etc…

Besides,many foods items contain many HARAM ADDITIVES/E NUMBERS(Emulsifiers,colouring…) like:E 120,E 140,E 471,E 472…..

Vegeterian food(without any animal protein), can be eaten but only after making sure that they contain no alcohol and does not contain any Haram harmful additives or GM ingredients..

Finally,let us all remember these worrying facts in case any one eat any haram meat or food or drink:
*Du’as will not be accepted
*Ibadat/Salat will not be accepted for 40 days
*The Muslim will not enter Jannah/Heaven .

We have to remember here the parent’s big responsibility in avoiding the feeding of their young developping children any Haram food item,especially, as their bodies and organs are developping from the foods they eat?

Written by: Dr A Majid Katme(MBBCH,DPM)
Member of the Halal Food Committee in The Muslim Council of Britain(MCB)

Spokesman: Islamic Medical Association/Uk on Halal meat
TV and Radio broadcaster
Tel: 07944 240 622
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Halal Comm Lobby

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4th June 2012

• Muslim Council launches new halal food lobby

• Will defend halal slaughter methods

All halal foods (those permitted under Islamic dietary guidelines) will now be regulated by a new overarching body, the UK Halal Commission.

Launched on Saturday, 2nd June 2012 at a special gathering of imams, scholars and health and food industry associations, the UK Halal Commission will act as the UK’s premier halal organisation, defending the halal industry from recent attacks and lobbying media and government.

False charges

At the Muslim Council (MCB)-sponsored event at Birmingham Central Mosque, the meeting signed a historic communiqué, the ‘Birmingham Declaration’.

The Declaration underlined concern at attempts by pressure groups to change the law, potentially removing the exemption which allows religious communities such as Jews and Muslims to slaughter animals without stunning. The Declaration affirmed the Muslim community’s resolve to resist these attempts and to campaign against them.

The document went on to declare that criticism of religious slaughter – that it causes more pain – is false. It said that no other method of slaughter was more humane than halal, provided proper standards were maintained.

In addition to vigorously campaigning against any change to the current definition of religious slaughter, the new Commission will develop an ‘assurance scheme’ to ensure strict adherence to animal welfare and other halal standards. It will also address wider issues relating to training, education, food ingredients, and pharmaceuticals.


The meeting was addressed by Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Dr Mohammed Naseem, Chairman Birmingham Central Mosque, Dr Ahmad Makhdoom, Director World Muslim League, Dr A Majid Katme,Spokesman Islamic Medical Association, Haji Akram, Association of Non-stun Abattoirs, Mawlana Yunus Dudhwala, Halal Monitoring Committee, Rafiq Sehgal, Bradford Council for Mosques, Mawlana Israr Hussain Kazmi, Hussainia Mosque, Birmingham and representatives of other organisations.

Speakers at the Commission launch discussed creating an extensive awareness campaign, starting with the Muslim community itself: the Friday mosque sermon (Khutba) will be used to encourage demand by Muslim consumers for ‘un-stunned’ chicken and meat.

MCB’s deputy secretary general Dr Shuja Shafi said, “Consumers of halal food need to be confident that their food is prepared to high standards of safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. Schemes such as Red Tractor Assurance, intended to maintain, develop and promote standards throughout the whole food industry do not permit ‘halal’ food operators to participate in the scheme on grounds that the meat is slaughtered by the (permissible and legal) religious method. This is despite the assertion in their promotional material ‘whatever your business, find out what Red Tractor can do for you’. The UK Halal Commission will work to develop a credible Assurance Scheme for halal food and in other sectors.”

The UK Halal Commission will now invite representatives from all segments of the British Muslim community to put forward representations to the body. Convenor of the Birmingham meeting, the MCB’s deputy secretary general Dr. Shuja Shafi, will act as interim chairman to help put in place a proper governance structure.”


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Animal Care

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In Islam we are taught that…

-God Almighty has created/ made, mankind, animals and all the universe.

-Man is the Vicegerent of GOD/khalifah and is placed in charge of all the creatures like animals

-This status gives man a great responsibility/accountability and he should be caring for what
is placed under his control.

– Man was created directly from dust/sand,Animals were created separately,
This means that:
Darwin Theory is a theory/a myth and is not correct!
Evolution of man from animals is not a true fact and is not accepted in Islam
But some “evolution” did occurs in the same species: in both:man and animals.
Muslims believe in the unique separate creation of each species.

– Each animal should be treated with gentlness and respect,love and care.(RIFQ)

-The Holy Book: AL QUR’AN and the Sayings/AHADITH and the behaviour of the final prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) contain a lot of details on ANIMALS and how to treat them?

– Several chapters in the Holy Book AL QUR’AN are named/titled after the animals or some insects,for example: the COW(biggest chapter),The Cattle,The Ant,The Bees,The Spider, The Elephant … and many other animals which were mentioned include :sheep, goat, camel, horse, donkey, fish, birds,frog,monkey,whale and so on..

-Every kind of animal is a COMMUNITY like us,according to the Qur’an.

COMMUNITY means that each kind of animal(& insect), has its own unique way of eating, sleeping, reproduction, language, recreation, social life, feelings, needs (culture
and habits…) which should be studied, respected ,protected then fully facilitated!
(Communities of :horse,sheep,cow,birds,whale,seal,monkey,dog,fish,chicken,bear,donkey,spider,bees,
elephant,cat,butterfly etc….)

-Every animal praises God the Creator…!(each has his/her own way of serving
and praising God(prayer)..but we do not understand it,as mentioned in the

-Animals have got souls.

-Animals will be raised on the Day of Judgment, man will be questioned by
God, if he/she has mistreated any animal in their life and justice will be
given to every animal and punishment for the wrong doer…!

-Many animals go to Heaven!

-In Islam, Muslims are ordered to give each animal:
his/her RIGHTS:
-natural food(no animal protein to the vegeterian animals which we do eat,no Genetically modified food…) and to protect them from any filthy harmful food/chemicals…
-water( natural/safe)
– natural conception/pregnancy,offsprings ,motherhood and breast feeding
-security/shelter and safety and protection from wild carniverous animals
-protection from cold/rain/drought…
-To be used for what GOD has created it( its natural function):for example not to ride a cow.. but ride a horse.
-to be treated when affected by any illness.(vet)
-to live among its own community/society.
-freedom to some extent: access to sun air space and opportunity for: flying jumping and playing(recreation).
-Healthy living:no bad unnatural diet,no hormones and antibiotics no dangerous chemicals.
-right for its “complaint and be heard”!
-right to have justice especially on the Day of Judgment
-right for a gentle humane care and welfare.


Freedom from hunger and thirst,freedom from discomfort,freedom from pain injury and disease,freedom to express normal behaviour,freedom from fear and distress
(these RIGHTS and Freedoms, are based on some verses in the Holy BOOK AL QUR’AN and some AHADITH/Sayings and stories which occured with the prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him/see later)

(also if you look and search the internet,you will find :

Under ANIMAL CARE AND WELFARE IN ISLAM: 1,090,000 sites/studies
Under ANIMAL RIGHTS IN ISLAM : 4,610,000 sites/studies .
This is true mainly in domestic animals and the animals which we are allowed to
eat and consume.(but other wild animals to be protected in their own communities)

-Any cruelty/harsh treatment or infliction of pain to any animal is forbidden in Islam and is a SIN and is punishable,as in fox hunting, bull fighting, cock fighting, factory farming, caging/imprisoning, painful unnecessary vivisection/ most animal experiments, cloning,stunning before slaughter, hitting, deprivation from food or water, carrying heavy weight, misuse and abuse(e.g use as target to hit/shoot at),branding , docking of dogs tails, maternal deprivation, the cruel seal hunting,exposure to cold/rain/hot weather…etc

-Keeping every kind of animal alive / protection of the species, is recommended in Islam, as done in Noah’s Ark before!(Preservationof the species).

-A person can go to Heaven/Paradise even for just providing food/drink to a
needy animal!

A person can go to Hell just because of cruelty or food deprivation to an animal ! (as stated by the prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him).

-There is a reward in offering food or water to any animal,as the prophet said!

-The prophet MUHAMMAD(peace be upon him)/the teacher: here is some STORIES in brief from his life:

* Was angry one day when he discovered a mother bird distressed
and agitated because someone had taken her babies and he said: “who has distressed
this mother by taking her babies! give her back her babies..!”
*Was angry when a cat was locked inside the house and died from starvation?
He said the owner is in hell!
*Defended a weak camel who was suffering and in tears and complaining … he told the owner:fear Allah with this animal..do not make him hungry or suffer..!
*Cursed who use the animal as a target to shoot at.
*Prohibited the hitting of the animal especially on the face!
*Prohibited to provoke fight between animals,as in cock fighting.
*Opposed the use the animal for different function,like riding the cow…
*Opposed the harsh cruel pulling of a sheep from the ears..
* Treated a sick dog…
*Opened the door for a cat,who was scratching it, while he was in prayer..
*Opposed the burning of a colony of aunts..(burning any animal or man are forbidden)
*Changed the direction of the army one day to a different road ,when he saw on his way a dog in labour/ giving birth , and tried to avoid disturbing her…!
* Gave many Sayings/Ahadith ,ordering us to treat each animal gently,with utmost care and welfare…as the way to Heaven..!

We should not forget also that the prophet Muhammad himself was a shepherd and he looked very well after the sheeps..with best care and welfare(organic natural farming);

-The Khalifah (president) Omar Bin Khattab, used to say:

” I will be worried if I will be punished on the Day of Judgment when the animals complain to GOD that they could not walk properly on the roads during their lives
because Khalifah Omar did not fix/smooth the road for them!”

-In early Islam:A charitable trust (WAQF) was established in order to look after
animals,especially those homeless, injured or disabled animals…!

-Abu Hourayrah one of the most famous companions of the prophet
Muhammad(peace be upon him) and narrators of Hadith/prophet’s sayings,used to look after kitten/hourayrah..this is why he was called Abu Hourayrah(the father of kittens).

-Treating a sick animal is a duty on every muslim and is highly rewarded!

– Killing an animal for food, should be done quickly, painlessly and
without any suffering ( as it happens in Religious slaughter, without
the use of any stunning )/please see separate scientific religious articles on stunning.
It is an order by the prophet Muhammad,when someone is killing an animal(domestic/wild),to do it PAINLESSLY and without causing any pain or torture to the animal before final death..

-pork/porcine substance and carniverous animals are prohibited to eat.

-Cats can be kept inside the house as a domestic pet,but not dogs…as they are NAJIS/unclean,cause some diseases,bites and injuries and deaths,noise/complaints/court cases and many other marietal/family problems.
However a person can go to Heaven for providing water to a thirsty deprived dog…according to the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him)….


Now there is a great need to establish here in the UK/ West :
Islamic organisations for animal care and welfare and Islamic animal rights organisations which are based on the rich sources of the Holy Islamic Scriptures:

Because: many Muslims/and most non Muslims, do not know or are not aware of the fascinating Rights and the welfare of the animals in Islam …and because animals today are suffering a lot of CRUELTY and ABUSE in our society!

British muslims(about two million), should join also the many animal welfare organisations who are campaigning sincerely for the welfare and care of the animals,and should join in many of their campaigns and activities like:

The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals(RSPCA)
Farm Animal Welfare Council
Compassion in world farming
International fund for Animal welfare


Muslim Spokesman on Halal meat/Religious slaughter(DHABH)
Muslim Campaigner for animal care and welfare

Spokesman:Islamic Medical Association/UK

Tel: 0208 345 6220 M: 07944 240 622

Address: 31 North Circular Road Palmers Green London N13 5EG UK

E-mail: akatme@hotmail.com

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UK Muslim Scholars Unanimously Reject Mechanical Or Machine

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UK Muslim Scholars Unanimously Reject Mechanical Or Machine


Slaughter of Animals

(Remember that in Mechanical slaughter,there is stunning )



In the largest independent survey of Muslim Scholars conducted in the UK concerning Halal

and Halal standards, there was a unanimous rejection of mechanical slaughter in the UK from

all scholars.

In June 2009, an independent online survey was commissioned by HMC(Halal Monitoring Committee) through Ajax

Consultants to understand the scholarly opinions on Halal in the UK.

Responses were received from 282 imams and muftis from over 25 towns and cities covering,

London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leicester, Manchester, Blackburn, Reading,

Preston, Dewsbury and many more cities across the UK.

The survey asked several questions covering issues on the acceptance of mechanical

slaughtering, stunning of animal prior to slaughter, recitation of tasmiyah, and views on the

current exemptions in UK and European law.


The Summary of the findings are outlined below:

95% of the Ulama do not accept “mechanical slaughter” as an accepted method of Halal

slaughter in Islam (2.1% want to understand the issue further)

99.7% stated that Bismillah(Tasmiah) should be prayed individually by person slaughtering (not taped

or person standing on the side)

90% rejected electrical stunning of chickens (9% welcomed further research)

85% rejected electrical stunning of larger animals (9% welcomed further research)

99% expressed preference for non-stunned

100% saw the need for the continuation of religious exemption in the UK which allows Muslims and Jews to practice their religious beliefs (prophetic method of slaughte/Zabiha) and without the use of any type of stunning.


The survey included responses from 32 Muftis, 201 Ulama and 49 Imams


HMC Chairman: Shaykh Yunus Dudhwala commented, “This survey is the largest of its kind

conducted in the UK and sets clear guidelines of acceptability and standards for Halal in this

country. It further endorses the standard of Halal that HMC has followed since its inception

in 2003”.

Nadeem Adam, Operations Manager at HMC said, “People will be surprised to learn of the

widespread use of mechanical slaughter in the provision of “Halal” poultry(chickens) in the UK. There

are many UK superstores that need to take heed of the message from the UK scholars and

carefully address and provide meat to acceptable standards for all”. Further he commented

that, “HMC’s universal standard is the only way to ensure acceptance by all”.


The Halal Food Authority (HFA) accepts mechanical slaughter and stunning and has

continually been probed and asked to provide views from Muslim scholars for their accepted

practices and whether they would listen to the views of the Muslim community who they

claim to serve. No response and views from scholars have been received to date.

Earlier this year, Malaysia, a country at the forefront of Halal, known as the Halal Hub of the

World, listened to the scholars of the world and removed mechanical slaughter from its Halal

standards. Now we wait and see if a Halal certifier in the UK (HFA) can heed to the views of

Muslim scholars and public and remove mechanical slaughter from its standards.


Published in HMC newsletter No. 13 available at

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February 2010

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The Fallacy Of Stunning The Animal Without Been Killed

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The Fallacy of stunning the animal without been killed??


-According to Farm Animal Welfare Council’s Report before: 1/3 of chickens die from stunning and before doing the cut(This is MITAH/HARAM to eat as mentioned in the Qur’an) ?

The percentage could be less sometimes,however always there will be some animals with weak hearts or sick who will die from stunning or their hearts stop , besides, there is no person at all at time of slaughtering who will check and monitor if each chicken/animal is surely alive after stunning( when you are killing 12 000 15 000/hour), and especially when the industry is competing more in order to kill more/hour all the times.)

The Fatwa/Islamic ruling is:Meat from stunned animals will not accepted even if it kills just one single chicken or animal ,as all the other chickens will be SHUBUHA/doubtful to eat ,Ulamas have said.

We believe that many Muslims ,unfortunately ,are eating meat coming from animals who died in stunning and before doing the cut(Haram).

Unfortunately, only few Ulamas who do not know and lack the scientific medical knowledge about the effects of stunning and the many haram and health hazards and cruelty resulting from stunning,have been DECEIVED by few ‘muslim’ businessmen who use stunning in order to justify their non Halal way of Zabiha and get a certificate that it is ?halal???

Some businessmen are buying the ?Halal certificate? from some “Imams”/Muslim organisations

Muslims should watch out for any ‘pseudoscientific’ paper done by a’ muslim’ on this subject, in order to convince the Muslims that the animal did not die from stunning and all is halal???

We should remember also that if the animal die from stunning or his pumping heart stops,we will have more blood inside which will be consumed by the Muslims???

Apart from this big fallacy,there are many other haram reasons and health hazards and problems and cruelty resulting from stunning,even if surely the animal did not die from stunning,and which also are not known to these few NAIVE Ulamas/speakers,who gave their wrong fatwa that :It is okay to eat the meat as long it does not kill the animal??? (by the way :the majority of Ulamas in their Fatawas ,especially in the UK,OPPOSE any type of stunning)

Personally when I gave many talks on stunning in many conferences for Ulamas in different cities of Britain,I could not meet till now one single Imam or scholar who agreed with stunning!The problem today is the IGNORANCE about the many dangerous/haram effects of stunning on the animals and consumers ,even among some ‘ULAMAS!’

We should remember also that the UK and the EU are moving now towards the new method of stunning:


to make the animal die instantaneously from stunning,which is absolutely prohibited in Islam!

I would like now to mention these other haram and horrible outcomes which do result from stunning,even if the animal is alive after stunning , and which are unfortunately DENIED OR DELIBERATELY FORGOTTEN or NOT KNOWN by all those who are after the so called stunning which does not kill the animal?:

-Internal unseen Haemorrhage do occur ( some of the small blood vessels rupture inside the meat/ called :SALT AND PEPPER HAEMORRHAGE,as a result of stunning),This was mentioned in many medical studies.

So we have unseen blood inside the meat or leg and Muslims are eating the meat with blood inside?,Blood is FORBIDDEN to consume in Islam,according to the QUR’AN and is very dangerous to your health according to all doctors today! Another big SHUBUHA/doubt here?

– Any type of stunning causes PAIN and is cruel to the animal,who can not speak or complaint.(According to some Medical studies based on the EEG recording of the brain)

There is also:failure of stunning,repeated stunning causing to many animals:paralysis,broken bones etc…(more pain,cruelty and suffering to the innocent animals!)

It is even a common sense:none of us can put his finger inside the electric plug for fear of electricity which is painful and which is used frequently in stunning.

When I use to work in hospitals as a doctor in order to give electric shock to the patient who is suffering from depression,general anaesthesia has to be given first and before,as the electricity is PAINFUL!

So why we justify it to the animal who had no general anaesthesia before stunning?

Inflicting any pain or cruelty on any animal is forbidden in Islam!

And animals are highly respected in Islam,above any business or greed or money.

-Stunning do ‘disturb and disrupt’ the natural healthy chemical orginal formula/structure of the meat and its normal ingredients? thus maiking the meat unnatural unsafe and unhealthy and definetely


(I got a copy of Phd done by a Muslim before on this issue).

-Any one using any type of stunning is DISOBEYING the final prophet Muhammad(pbuh) who explained clearly to us in a Hadith how to do Zabiha..and he showed it to us by his hands how is done…and he is our teacher and model to follow and copy.

More: the prophet Muhammad has warned us in a clear authentic Hadith that he will fight any one who does not slaughter the animal as he did exactly ???

Who would like to be a war with the prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him?
It is the same method done by all the prophets:Ibraham,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad(peace be upon them)..the only MERCIFUL and HALAL method:DIRECT method without any type of stunning!

-In the Qur’an,there is a verse which has described 2 types of stunning:Strangulation,as done to some innocent chickens today when their heads are forcibly immersed inside the electrified water bath? and the other: severe Blow to the head? this same Ayah describes also that:it is forbidden to consume blood or the meat from animal who died before the DHABH/Zabiha or to eat any pork or porcine substance which are all occuring today in most of so called Halal meat/chicken Zabiha,which are stunned???(Surah AL MAEEDA No 5, verse:3)

-Recent new medical studies have shown the IMPORTANCE to have LIVE CONSCIOUS HEARING animals in order to hear TASMIAH: BISMILLAH ALLAH AKBAR(in the Name of ALLAH,ALLAH AKBAR,which is a basic and major ruling in doing the halal Zabiha.

It was found to act as a tranquilliser/sedative to both: the man/ slaughterman and to the animal,but more it was found to purify the meat from bacteria and blood!

A new medical miracle…these fascinating medical results will not occur if the animal is unconscious as done in stunning?

We have DVD/books on this new medical discovery,Islam channel TV has shown it at least 3 times.(you can see the DVD on many websites like this one:www.iccservices.org.uk

-The least to say that: any meat from stunned animals is SHUBUHA/DOUBTFUL,and ALL ULAMAS SAID WE SHOULD AVOID IT COMPLETELY AS IT IS SHUBUHA?this is well known Fatwa on anything in life.

-Our DU’AS/supplication will not be accepted if we ate non halal Tayyib meat,as in many AHADITH.

Dr A.Majid Katme(MBBCh,DPM)

Medical Researcher and Spokesman on Halal meat and Food(Islamic Medical Association/UK)

Tel: 07944 240 622 E- mail address: akatme@hotmail.com

NB: Please see my previous comparative medical research and study on prophet’s Muhammad way of Zabiha and stunning:

Assesment of The Muslim Method of Slaughtering
www.azhar.jp/info/halal-eng/halal5.html – 131k –

It is also on the websites of Regent Partk mosque(www.iccservices.org.uk)

and the Muslim Council of Britain(www.mcb.org.uk)

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ProphetS Muhammad Method Of Zabiha Is The Only HALAL HUMANE

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Prophet’s Muhammad method of Zabiha is the only 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 cases.
-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 and goats;

It is the shooting,by a gun or pistol,in the forehead (mechanical method) by a blank cartridge or compressed air.

It could be penetrating or non-penetrating(Percussion stunning)

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 strangulation)
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 slaughter!

*The Jews everywhere do oppose strongly any type of stunning for their Kosher meat.(Mose’s way/Muhammad’s way)

* 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 the brain!

* 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 a Hadith/Saying:
“…….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?

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).


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 all chemicals/hormones/antibiotics..!

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 protein!
-Today in the west, many top scientists and doctors oppose all types of stunning,mainly for health and safety reasons ,like :
Van der wal,wernberg,Mcloughlin,Pollard,Winstanley,Marple etc…


*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 countries.
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 himself!
(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 Foundation etc…)

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 complaint..

*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: akatme@hotmail.com


-My scientific medical islamic study:
(you can get it from many muslim websites..or by going to;
www.azhar.jp/info/halal-eng/halal5.html )

-The famous book: AL-DHABH:Slaying animals for food the Islamic way
By Dr Ghulam Mustafa Khan

-Websites against stunning:

www.unstunnedhalal.com (islamic and medical facts against stunning)
www.iccservices.org.uk (Regent Park mosque)
www.iccuk.org (Regent Park mosque)
www.halalmc.co.uk (Halal Monitoring Committee/Halal shop list)
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)

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ORDER TO DO DHABH/animal slaughter exactly as done by the Prophet Muhammad The HADITH/Saying of the final Prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshiped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.”
Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshiped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and
eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”

Ref:Buhkari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:


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Department for Environment,Food and Rural Affairs(DEFRA), which is a Government body, has issued its NEWS RELEASE on the 8th March/2005 titled:


In this response,the Animal Welfare minister,Mr Ben Bradshaw,has stated:

“the Government has maintained its position in not accepting FAWC’s recommendation that slaughter without prior stunning should be banned!
He also said: the Government respected the rights of communities in Britain to slaughter animals in accordance with the requirements of their religion”

And In his response to Recommendation 201 he said:
“the Government does not intend to ban the slaughter of animals without prior stunning by religious groups..the Government is committed to respect the rights of religious groups (Jewish and Muslims)…”

We like here,on behalf of the British muslims, to thank the Minister/Government and DEFRA for their understanding and acceptance of our religious rights and needs in animal slaughter/DHABH,without the use of any stunning technique,and as in the present British law now.

However,we like to confirm again that ,the religious method/without stunning,is the only HUMANE method which was prescribed by GOD ..and was implemented by all prophets of GOD: Abraham,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad,the final prophet(peace be upon them) as a mercy to man and to animals!
Not only that ,but it does give us also the most healthy type of meat,as prooved by the new medical sciences.

We like to appeal to the Minister and to DEFRA,to reconsider : this Divine humane
method for all animal slaughter in Britain,and to STOP all stunning techniques,for the welfare of the animals and for the Health of our nation!

We, also like to appeal to all the muslims involved in animal slaughter/”HALAL”,to stick to prophet Muhammad’s way in animal slaughter/DHABH,and without any type of stunning/torture techniques,especially when the law of the land allows us to do that.
Unfortunately,we have to admit that ,the majority of the so called:”HALAL MEAT”.”.HALAL FOOD” which are sold to the Muslims today ARE NOT HALAL BUT “HARAM”!
And those “muslims” involved in this “HARAM” business, are Betraying Sayyidna Muhammad,peace be upon him,cheating their own muslim community , inflicting a lot of cruely on animals and feeding our innocent children/community:
“Haram” unhealthy meat!!!!

Here is a list of some Websites which expose the the Harams,Health hazards and the cruelties inflicted on the innocent animals when stunning is used:
-www.iccuk.org/www.iccservices.org.uk(Regent Park mosque/Islamic Cultural Centre)
-www.mcb.org.uk/health (Muslim Council of Britain)
-www.halalmc.org (Halal Monitoring Committee)
-www.chechitauk.org (Jewish)

Another neglected issue by the muslims,is important to emphasize:

TO FEED/GROW the ANIMALS before doing any halal slaughter: on natural diet/organic(grass and plants,as mentioned in the Qur’an): And to avoid completely animal proteins Genetically modified feed and all hormones,antibiotics and chemicals, in order to have TAYYIB meat(natural,pure,wholesome,healthy safe and blessed…)
Time has come to put our house in order,especially in Halal meat and Food!
For any enquiry,please contact me on: 07944 240 622 E-mail: akatme@hotmail.com
(I am available for interview).

Dr A.Majid Katme
Muslim Spokesman on Halal meat and Food/Islamic Medical Association

23 March 2005

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