Halal Vs Kosher: What’s the difference?

Every religion has its own norms and values regarding the consumption of food.

Halal and Kosher are two words that are very familiar but at the same time foreign. Some would relate them with strict rules and religious regulations, but they simply list out specifications regarding the consumption of meat.

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. Kosher on the other hand is specifically used for the consumption of meat. It means suitable and/or pure, thus ensuring fitness for consumption, accordance with the law of Torah. Both of the laws direct its followers towards the specifications of meat consumption.

According to the Law of Torah, the only types of meat that can be eaten are cattle and game that have “cloven hooves” and “chew the cud”. For example: bulls, cows, sheep, veal, lambs, and springbok.

Furthermore these kosher species must be slaughtered by a “Schochet”, a ritual slaughterer in order to consume. It is slaughtered in such a way that unconsciousness is instantaneous and death occurs almost immediately.

In Islamic Law animals such as cows, veal, lamb, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, ducks, game birds, etc. are considered halal, but they must be slaughtered according to Islamic Law in order for their meat to be suitable for consumption.

The animal must be slaughtered with a sharp knife and in one swift motion on its throat by taking Allah’s name. This motion cuts three of the animal’s trachea, esophagus, and the two blood vessels on either side of the throat. This way the animal loses consciousness before the pain reaches its brain and the death is caused by cerebral hypoxia and not blood loss.

According to Islamic Law animals should be well treated before they are slaughtered. Likewise the Jewish Law prohibits causing any pain to animals.

Halal, according to Islamic Law, and Kosher, according to the Jewish Law both consider the well fare of the living.

Islam indicates towards the refinement of the laws by Islam. Muslims believe in Musa and all the other prophets. Islam has been built on all the previous religions; it strengthens all the laws and binds them together in just one religion. Therefore the slaughter in Islam helps in maintaining a healthy physique for its followers.

With some differences both of the laws aim for their followers to help maintain a strong and healthy physique, by consuming the best food available, and these specifications does not stop an individual from consuming the meat, instead it helps him to achieve fitness.