Islamic Vs Western Slaughter

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Islamic vs. Western slaughter

(Scientific results)

Al Shaddad Bin Aous has quoted this tradition of the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) “God calls for mercy in everything, so be merciful when you kill and when you slaughter, sharpen your blade to relieve its pain”.

Many allegations have been made that Islamic slaughter is not humane to animals. However, Professor Schultz and his colleague Dr. Hazim of the Hanover University, Germany, proved through an experiment, using an Electro encephalograph (EEG) and Electro Cardiogram (ECG) that *Islamic slaughter is THE humane method of slaughter* and captive bolt stunning, practiced by the Western method, causes severe pain to the animal. The results surprised many.

Experimental Details:

1. Several electrodes were surgically implanted at various points of the skull of all animals, touching the surface of the brain.

2. The animals were allowed to recover for several weeks.

3. Some animals were slaughtered by making a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck cutting the jugular Veins and carotid Arteries of both sides; as also the trachea and esophagus-Halal Method.

4. Some animals were stunned using a captive bolt pistol – humane slaughter by the western method.

5. During the experiment, EEG and ECG were recorded on all animals to record the condition of the brain and heart during the course of slaughter and stunning Results and Discussion:

I. Islamic method

1. The first three seconds from the time of Islamic slaughter as recorded on the EEG did not show any change from the graph before slaughter, thus indicating that the animal did not feel any pain during or immediately after the incision.

2. For the following 3 seconds, the EEG recorded a condition of deep sleep – unconsciousness. This is due to a large quantity of blood gushing out from the body.

3. After the above mentioned 6 seconds, the EEG recorded zero level, showing no feeling of pain at all.

4. As the brain message ( EEG ) dropped to zero level, the heart was still pounding and the body convulsing vigorously (a reflex action of the spinal cord) driving maximum blood from the body: resulting in hygienic meat for the consumer.

II Western method by C.B.P. Stunning

1. The animals were apparently unconscious soon after stunning.
2. EEG showed severe pain immediately after stunning.
3. The hearts of the animal stunned by C.B.P. stopped beating earlier as compared to those of the animals slaughtered according to the Halal method resulting in the retention of more blood in the meat. This in turn is unhygienic for the consumer.


Ashraf Dabayeh
Dept. of Civil Eng. (Ext. 3844)
University of Waterloo

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Cattle stun gun may heighten “madcow'” risk

By: Leila Corcoran

Broadcasted on BICNews 25 July 1997


WASHINGTON (Reuter) – A stun gun used on cattle before slaughter can send brain tissue scattering throughout the animal, which could provide a route for madcow disease to spread to humans, a consumer group said Thursday.

There have been no documented cases of madcow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), in the United States, but the consumers group said the use of stun guns posed a potentially deadly risk in Europe.

“These new discoveries mean that some of the steaks and hamburgers Amercans eat today may contain small bits of brain matter,” said David Schardt, nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

“Now, since BSE has not been detected here, there is no known risk at this time. But where BSE does exist in cattle, such meat with specks of brain tissue in it could be a deadly meal,” he said.

In an unusual news conference, the Washington-based consumer watchdog group was joined by meat industry representatives who said they planned to sponsor a study on stunning methods later in the year.

“If a problem is found either with stunning in general or with particular methods or machinery, we will move swiftly to address it,” said Janet Collins, a vice president at the American Meat Institute, an industry trade group.

Brain tissue and spinal cord are the most infectious part of an animal with BSE, which eats deadly holes in an infected animal’s brain. A world panic over beef was triggered after an outbreak of the disease among British herds in the late 1980s.

Scientists remain unsure whether madcow disease can be transmitted to humans, but say they are concerned about an inexplicable rise in the number of cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable brain disease in humans.

BSE has never been detected in U.S. cattle herds and federal health officials have erected a series of “firewalls” against it, including banning feeding ruminant by-products — parts of other farm animals — to cattle, a practice believed to have spread BSE in Britain.

Before cattle are slaughtered, they are stunned with a shot to the head to make them unconscious and to protect workers. Stunning is required by law so the animal feels no pain when it dies.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest said recent research at Texas A&M University and by Canada’s Food Inspection Agency found a method called pneumatic stunning delivered a force so explosive that it splattered brain tissue throughout a cow’s system.

“Our research shows that it’s possible that microscopic particles of brain matter can be circulated to the lungs, liver and maybe other sites,” Tam Garland, a research veterinarian at Texas A&M said in CSPI’s July newsletter. “The implications are frightening.”

Some 30 to 40 percent of American cattle are stunned by pneumatic guns, which fire a metal bolt into a cow’s brain followed by a pulverizing burst of 150 pounds of air pressure.

The method is popular at larger U.S. meat plants because it renders cattle insensible longer than other techniques, erasing concerns the animals might revive before they are killed and cause havoc in a long processing line. Pneumatic guns are not used widely abroad.

Meat industry officials said they started considering a study on stunning methods several months ago after learning of the research. They said they planned to tap U.S. and Canadian government officials for advice on how to conduct the study and hoped to have results by the end of the year.

“No one wants the U.S. to remain BSE free more than the nation’s one million beef producers,” said Gary Weber of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Reuters News Service

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2- The legal decision in regards with meat and poultry products sold by non-Muslims in Europe.

The Council discussed this matter at great length acknowledging that it is a matter which has created great concern and debate amongst Muslims. The Council concluded that it is necessary for Muslims to abide by the conditions of slaughtering according to the Islamic Shari.a, so that they please their Lord and that they protect their identity from compromise and external threats as well as to protect themselves from consuming what is illegal and forbidden.

Having examined the various methods of slaughter, many of which consist of various illegal acts which lead to the death of a large proportion of animals, particularly chicken, The Council decided the illegality of consuming the meat of chicken and cows, whilst the meat of lamb, sheep and calves is allowed as the method of slaughtering these in many countries does not contradict the methods decided by the Islamic Shari.a(???). The Council hereby recommends to all Muslims that they establish their own slaughter houses so that they may fulfill this important need whilst protecting their religious and cultural identity. The Council also calls upon the Western governments to recognise the religious aspects of Muslims, including enabling them to slaughter according to

Islamic Shari.a, similar to other religious communities and groups such as the Jews. The Council also calls upon the Islamic countries to import meat which has been slaughtered according to the Sharia and which are supervised and administered by the trusted Islamic centres throughout the West.

Our Opinion:
(I believe they got it wrong on the acceptance of stunned sheeps??? as I can understand …ULAMAS need to uderstand and be aware of the many HARAM outcomes which does result from any stunning apart of the pain and cruelty to the animal ::Dr Katme)

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Subject: FATAWAS against stunning and mechanical slaughter

Written by Member: Habeeb
Country: Guyana
Date: 15-Jan-2003
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What Constitutes Halal Meat?


With regards to meat that is not slaughtered according to Islamic rites, (Quran 6:121, 2:168, 5:3, 6:145) Dr Ahmad Sakr, expert on Halal certification in USA, says it is not Halal because of the effect electric shock has on blood drainage. Using electric shock, explains Sakr, means that all of the animal’s blood does not leave its body, because electric shock affects the central nervous system. It is Haram to eat meat containing blood, as it is clearly stated in the Quran that Muslims cannot consume blood. "Halal is Halal if the following conditions are taken into consideration," explains Sakr.

The first is that the animal is itself is Halal. That means no pork, for instance.

The second, is that the food the animal consumes does not contain any blood or meat. Sakr explains that the animal has to be herbivorous to be Halal, and adds that an animal becomes Haram if it consumes blood and /or meat.

The third condition Sakr lists for an animal to be Halal is that it should not be given any hormones.

In the meat industry, he says beef and chicken are given female sex hormones. This is meant to increase the weight of the animal in a short period of time.

The effect of consuming an animal with injected female hormones is a reduction in the masculine appearance of boys and men and Sakr mentioned "KFC and and MacDonald’s" as two examples. The meat industry also puts the preservatives nitrite or nitrate in meat. These react with the amino group of amino acids of the meat or protein to produce nitroso-amine. This is red pigment. This results in meat still looking red in its color, as if it is fresh, even if it has been on the shelf for one or two weeks. While this may be good for industry, it causes cancer.

A point to note is all KFC chickens labeled "certified Halal" in Muslim countries are slaughtered by Muslims by reciting Bismillah-Allah-hu-Akbar during the process. Birds are slaughtered manually and not mechanically.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai, Darul Ifta, Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown, South Africa explains mechanical slaughter is of three types:

1- Chickens are transported to the place of slaughter through a conveyer belt and are manually slaughtered. If there is certainty that the chicken is alive and the Muslim slaughterer recites the name of Allah upon slaughtering, then the chicken is Halal. In this case, only the transportation is mechanical but the slaughtering is manual. This procedure is unanimously permissible and recommended.

2- Chickens are transported by means of the conveyer belt to the mechanical slaughter blade. Once the mechanical plant comes into operation, the blade also comes into operation and cuts the chicken. This procedure is not permissible. It does not matter if the plant and the blades are controlled together or separately.

3- The chickens are transported by means of the conveyer belt to many slaughter blades and every blade is controlled separately by a Muslim who recites the name of Allah upon effecting the mechanical slaughter. This procedure conforms to the principles of Sharée Zabh set out by the Fuqahaa. According to our knowledge, such a procedure does not yet exist.

"Except that which you slaughter." Quran 5:3. implies that the slaughterer himself has to hold the knife and recite the prayer and merely praying over a mechanical knife is unlawful. Justice Maulana Mufti M. Taqi Usmani Member Shariat appellate Bench, Supreme Court of Pakistan; Deputy Chairman, Islamic Fiqh Academy (OIC) Jeddah; Vice-President, Darul-Uloom Karachi, Pakistan states that each chicken must have an independent recitation of the prayer and whenever the entire neck is severed it will be considered foul and reprehensible. Mufti Allah Bakhsh Jami’at ul Uloom il Islamiyyah, Allama Banuri Town, Karachi, Pakistan differentiates between shooting an arrow whilst praying and that of praying over a machine; the former is done out of helplessness where generally arrows kill the animal, unlike the manual slaughter where one has the full control and ease.

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, among the few U.S. groups that certify halal producers, who authorized more than 200 North American businesses, ranging from small producers to corporations whose product lines include goods for export to Muslim countries, have conditioned having a Muslim Supervisor throughout these operations, including while transporting the certified meat and preparing it in restaurants, since only his word could be taken legally.

In addition meat done by Christians and Jews may be Kosher but not necessarily Halal since they differ at times in terms of alcohol content, meat derivatives and L-cystein produced from human hair.

Kosher foods may contain alcohol, gelatin prepared from swine, animal fat not slaughtered in God’s name. All of these are definitely anti-Halal. Halal foods must come from animals that were slaughtered while Muslims pronounce the name of Allah or His Oneness. Just No electric shocks, No machine blades.



Central Halal Committee of Guyana

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– This is the Official Muslim view of the Muslims in Britain :
The only Halal is the prophet’s Muhammad way(Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam),direct method and without the use of any type of stunning.HALAL IS THE UNSTUNNED ONE ONLY!
This is the view of over 700 Muslim organisations and mosques and Imams in Britain:
Muslim Council of Britain(over 400 organisations/mosques),UMO(over 200 organisations/mosques)
Regent Park mosque,Sharia Council,Darul Uloom,,European Council for Ifta and Reasearch,many Muftis…,Islamic Medical Association etc…

Muslims in Britain are lucky to have a law/Exemption from stunning,as well as the Jews,who oppose strongly ,more than the Muslims ,all types of stunning( for Kosher meat.),and to slaughter our Zabiha according to the clearway of our beloved prophet Muhammad,peace be upon him..

We have now a big list of FATAWAS which prohibit completely any type of stunning!
The more we explain to Ulamas/Imams what stunning does to the animal/meat,the more we get Fatawas of prohibition.(EDUCATION ON STUNNING AND ITS HARAM HARMFUL EFFECTS IS VERY MUCH NEEDED TODAY TO ALL ULAMAS/MUFTIS EVERYWHERE AND IN MANY LANGUAGES)

Many scientific/medical researches and my medical researches before have prooved that stunning techniques( which are torture techniques) can causes all or some of these haram results and problems:

-Stunning causes Death of some animals before Zabiha(Mitah) which makes the meat HARAM.
The Government says that 1/3 of stunned chickens are dead before you do the cut for slaughter???
Chicken are cruelly stunned in electric water bath! some die from strangulation(Munkhanicah)
which is HARAM to do!

Meat from dead animal before Dhabh,blood , strangulation and blow on the head (all occuring in stunning), are clearly prohibited in the final Holy Book ALQUR’AN(chapter 5 verse 3)
-And causes more blood inside the meat…making the meat Haram to eat as blood(Dam) is haram to consume and a big health hazard!

More blood stays inside as the heart stops or gets weak..and also by the ruptiure of the small blood vessels inside the meat..”SALT AND PEPPER HAEMORRHAGE”..?
(so far we have three big Haram mentioned in the Qur’an: mitah(dead) and damm(blood) and strangulation (Munkhanicah) .. especially with chickens…)

– Is Cruel and painful to the animal ,as prooved by EEG medical studies,and any cruelty to any animal is forbidden in Islam .every person who causes any pain or suffering to an animal will be punished on the Day of Judgement,according to Hadith.
-So it is SINFUL too..and any one accepting/doing it will be punished!
-Makes the composition of the meat: unhealthy and not TAYYIB,according to the medical researches due to the disruption/disturbance of the natural safe healthy chemical formula/ingredients of the meat!
Animals should be fed their own NATURAL DIET(Grass and plants) ,no animal protein also no GM diet..!
Organic Natural farming for poultry and animals is a MUST in Islam!
Hormones and antibiotics to be avoided too for our health and for the health of the animals too.
-TAZKIAH is a MUST in the Qur’an in order to purify the meat…Direct method/prophet Muhammad’s way and without any type of stunnin!

-New scientific medical researches have prooved the importance of having a conscious hearing animal (unstunned) in order to hear Tasmiah/Name of ALLAH, at time of Zabiha ,as it acts as a “sedative”/TRANQUILLISER and a purifiyer of the meat from blood and germs(healthy)!
-Is a health risk! a cause for BSE/MAD COW disease(in beef)..this is why the US has PROHIBITED lately stunning for the cows.Britain should follow soon..!also in stunning more blood stays inside to be consumed which is very dangerous to health.
-More important the prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) has said in a Hadith that “he will fight all those who do not slaughter the animal/Zabiha,as he does”(without any stunning) ?????
Who would like to be at WAR with the prophet muhammad(pbuh)?
-To use any type of stunning,is a DEVIATION from the clearly prescribed way of doing Zabiha as the prophet did like a (BID’A)?
The prophet Muhammad was and is our MODEL and TEACHER and he showed us how to do Zabiha and he prescribed clearly in a Hadith how to do it?

-Least to say: in Islam we are asked,according to the Hadith of the prophet,to avoid any thing doubtful or contraversial(Shubuha)?…so for our sake we should avoid eating the meat of any stunned animal completely!
-Keeping the Islamic identity in eating meat and in Zabiha is a MUST in Islam..!
One can not eat the same meat coming from slaughter as done by the non Muslims!
To stun the animal is like Zabiha of non Muslims!
-The Prophet warned us that No Du’a will be accepted from any one who ate some HARAM meat/food!…and to watch our big responsibility/accountability if we feed our innocent children some haram meat or food as their bodies will be built from the Haram meat/food!

-Finally,the Muslims will suffer a great economic loss if they stun the animals like the non Muslims… as people will start buying from the non Muslims whose meat also looks cleaner and more attractive to buy!
-On top of all that,the prophetic method of Zabiha(direct method/without any type of stunning)
is LEGAL in Britain for the Muslims to do it and is allowed in the slaughterhouses..
This allowance was renewed by the Government in March/2005.
So why many Muslims follow the non Muslims in their wrong and haram way(stunning), which is different from the prophet’s Muhammad way..It must be IGNORANCE or THE WORSHIPPING OF THE POUNDS AND DOLLARS….
It is frustrating and amazing to see the Jews stick to the direct method in Zabiha and without any type of stunning(Moses method/Muhammad method) while many muslims go” BLIND” and incist in following the non Muslim way(stunning) ????
No doubt they are SINFUL and will have no BARAKAH in their business…..

Abraham,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad,peace be upon them…
So all Muslims,Jews and Christians should adopt it fully to obey GOD Almighty…and for the welfare of the animal and the health of the consumers!

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Dr A.Majid Katme
Spokesman on Halal meat and food
Tel: 07944 240 622