Halal meat slaughter: How it’s done

Halal is an Arabic term which designates any object or any action permissible to use or engage in, (dietary consumption is included), accordance with the Islamic Law. In reference to food, it refers to the dietary standards, as prescribed in the Qur’an (the Muslim scripture).

Muslims eat to maintain a strong and healthy physique in order to be able to contribute their knowledge and effort for the welfare of the societyand to pray their prayers. Muslims are supposed to make an effort to obtain the best quality nutritionally.

In Islam, when an animal is slaughtered, it is for its own benefit. Some accuse Islamic way of slaughtering to be harmful for the species and secondly that slaughtering is helping in the depletion of certain species. However Islam places great emphasis in the way in which an animal’s life ends, which has to be in accordance with Islamic regulations.

If the life of an animal has to be ended for human survival, then its life should only be taken in the name of God. Hence, the phrase bismillah (‘in the name of God’) must be uttered just before slaughtering an animal.

Muslims cannot consume the meat of animals that are sacrificed in a name other than Allah. Any animal slaughtered in the name of a person alive or dead, any deity or idol will be considered as haram and therefore it is not permissible for Muslims to consume that meat.

Islam has its own unique way of slaughtering animals, through which they don’t feel pain and death occurs instantaneously. Also it has its own rules, and only by abiding to them a muslim can consume the meat.

Firstly, this action should be done by an adult Muslim. Secondly, the name of Allah is to be spoken in the beginning of the slaughter. It is very significant.

Thirdly, the animal must be killed by cutting the throat with one continuous motion of a sharp knife.The cut must sever at least three of the trachea, esophagus, and the two blood vessels on either side of the throat.

Animals are treated well before the slaughter. The Law states that it should be given salty water to drink so that its throat gets wet which will make the cut smoothly. Also the blade is sharpened so that it doesn’t cause any pain to the animal.

Some experts say that the animal killed in this way – if the cut is made quickly and cleanly – does not suffer pain or at least suffers minimal pain – because it loses consciousness before the brain can perceive any sensations related to pain:

This is a line from an expert: “the Islamic way of slaughtering is the most humane method of slaughter and that captive bolt stunning, practiced in the West, causes severe pains to the animal”.