Understanding Halal Meat
The word ‘halal’ literally means permissible or lawful. So when you encounter halal meats, they are simply meats allowed to be consumed by Muslims. Halal is an Arabic term and in accordance with Islamic law only meats certified as halal are permissible food. Arabic is the language of the Qur`an, the scripture revealed to the Holy Prophet of Islam by Allah to be followed in its entirety by all Muslims. What makes the meat halal?
To be called halal, the animal or poultry will undergo ritual slaughter (called Zibah or Zabihah). The animal must be alive and healthy, and with a one-time swipe of a razor sharp knife to its windpipe ensures less pain and suffering for the animal. But first, a designated Muslim rabbi will have to recite the required tasmiya or shahada dedicating the animal to Allah. His name must be pronounced during the slaughter also. All blood flowing from the animal should be drained until dry, as blood is not permissible to be eaten.
There are other things forbidden in undertaking this ritual. Doing so will negate everything else that halal signifies. For example, only a Muslim can perform the slaughter, the animal must not be dead nor unconscious before killing it, it must have no illness nor lacerations before the slaughter, must have drank water and been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.
Also, the animal must not see other animals being slaughtered. Accomplishing the ritual, both the one with the knife and the animal must turn their faces towards Mecca. Since pork is forbidden, the slaughter of any animal for halal purposes must not take place where pigs are normally slaughtered. It is also forbidden that animals killed by strangling or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall should be considered for halal.
Hence, with all these edicts and rules concerning halal ritual and halal meat, and there are a few more, you can be sure that the animal’s or fowl’s welfare have been deeply considered.
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