UK Muslim Scholars Unanimously Reject Mechanical Or Machine

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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