Our Halal Guarantee;
As many of our customers are aware we only sell hand slaughtered chicken, we need to explain why this is and why we can not offer as bigger range of poultry products as some of our competitors.
Firstly we need to explain what the literal meaning of Halal is, Halal means lawful or permissible and the opposite is Haram which means unlawful or not permissible. This is something that should governs all facets of a Muslim's life but now days we use Halal to describe products which are permissible for consumption.
Over the past year we have carried out much research into what the Islamic criteria for halal is, this is purely to understand weather it is permissible to sell mechanically slaughtered chicken as it is something we come up against regularly , during this time we have found slaughtering animals mechanically is a widespread phenomenon in most abattoirs, plants and firms in a number of countries specially Europe and South America. The idea and objective behind slaughtering animals mechanically rather than manually is to speed up the process of slaughter, thus cater for a mass production.
To understand the Shariah ruling with regards to machine-slaughter, one must remember that, for an animal to be considered Islamically lawful (halal), there are basically three conditions.
a) Most of the four veins (including the Jugular vein, according to some) must be cut with a knife, blade or any tool that is sharp and has a cutting edge;
b) The name of Allah must be pronounced at the time of slaughtering, whether actually or effectively (such as when it is forgotten by someone who would normally have said it);
c) The slaughterer must be either a Muslim or from the People of the Book (Ahl al-Kitab). (See: al-Haskafi and Ibn Abidin in Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar)
It should be also remembered here that all these conditions are necessary individually and separately. Failure to fulfil them will render the animal unlawful. Condition (b), which is to pronounce the name of Allah, has a great bearing on the issue of machine-slaughter, thus it is imperative that we understand it in great depth and detail.
Some people argue that pronouncing the name of Allah (tasmiyah) is not a pre-requisite in order for the animal to be Halal, rather it is merely something that is Sunnah.
This understanding is incorrect due to various reasons:
Firstly, the Qur’an is quite clear with regards to the obligation of pronouncing the name of Allah (tasmiyah). Allah Most High says:
“Eat not of (meats) over which Allah’s name has not been pronounced. That would be sinful (fisq).” (Surah al-An’am, 121)
This verse quite clearly mentions the necessity of pronouncing the name of Allah Most High without any ambiguity or doubt. And Allah did not just suffice on this command, rather followed it up by saying “that would be sinful (fisq)” removing any doubt that Tasmiyah may not be necessary. And:
And there are cattle on which, (at slaughter), they do not pronounce the name of Allah, a fabrication against Him. Soon He will requite them for what they have been fabricating.” (Surah al-An’am, 138)
There are many other verses also that clearly and categorically illustrate that pronouncing the name of Allah Almighty at the time of slaughtering an animal is an absolute necessity and a fundamental ingredient to a valid slaughter. Secondly, there are many narrations of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) that also show the importance of pronouncing the name of Allah Most High.
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We recommend all our customer to read the above answer in full to have better understanding of what is Halal, and ask your suppliers to provide hand slaughtered products because only when you demand hand slaughtered products would there be any change from the suplliers.