What Is HALAL?
The Islamic Law Shariah The Food Safety Act 1990 and Associated Legislation
- Meat and other foods, including food ingredients, whether it is primarily produced or imported must follow the above regulation.
- It must be approved by Halal Monitoring Organisation like Halal Monitoring Committee.
- It must be wholesome and meet the food and safety regulations and be of acceptable nutritional quality
- It must meet the requirements of the trade and descriptions and weights and measures legislation, FSA Food and Safety Act 1990 and Associated Legislation
- Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) Regulations 1998 SI 2095
- A requirement for food to be fit for consumption and meeting food and safety requirements
- Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995 SI 1763. General hygiene requirements for food premises and food handler training, Food handlers to comply with rules of health and safety of hygiene.
- The Weights & Measures (Packaged Goods and Quantity Marking and Abbreviations of Units) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 SI 1852.
- The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food Regulations 1987 SI 1523 Amended 1994 SI 979
Noshahi Halal Meat guarantees that all meat is 100% Halal so that clients can rest assured that the meat they obtain is perfect and pure
Furthermore, all slaughtering is monitored by an approved person who adheres to the strict principles as required by and in accordance with Islamic soriya /Sharia Law.
Noshahi Halal Meat processes the highest quality Halal meat for our coustmers. We have a close working relationship with abattoirs/ Suplliers so that we can ensure that all animals are slaughtered following Halal tradition and are fit for human consumption.
Compassion for Animals
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
Allah has commanded you to treat all creatures with kindness. When you slaughter an animal do so kindly. Sharpen the knife well and give comfort to the animal being slaughtered. (Muslim)
Al Shaddad Bin Aous (Allah be pleased with him) has quoted this tradition of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him): "Allah calls for mercy in everything, so be merciful when you kill and when you slaughter. Sharpen your blade to relieve the pain."
Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) narrated a tradition that once a man started sharpening his knife after laying down a goat for slaughter. The Prophet said to him, "How many times do you want to kill this goat? Why did you not sharpen your knife before laying the animal down?" (Hakim)
Umar (Allah be pleased with him) saw someone dragging a goat along by its leg to be slaughtered. Seeing this he said, "May Allah have pity on you. Lead this animal to its death with kindness."
In the Days of Ignorance, people used to cut off the lumps of camels and the fat tails of rams, which was very cruel and painful to the animals. Therefore, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) held the practice of severing the limbs of live animals to be unlawful. He said, "If a part of the limb of a live animal is cut off, it will be treated as carrion." (Ahmad, Abu Dawood). These examples show the extent of the emphasis laid by Islam on the importance of kind treatment to animals.
In the slaughterhouses of Britain, Europe and the Allied countries the blood is not allowed to flow out of the body of slaughtered animals, so that greater profit may be made. In lawful slaughtering, however, the blood is allowed to drain out of the animal’s body.
In these slaughterhouses, they make a small incision in the animal’s neck and skin it before blood is fully squeezed out of the body. Obviously, this procedure must be extremely painful.
Those animals which are shot in the head with a bullet out of "compassion" before their being slaughtered with a sharp edged weapon or knife, or which are given electric shocks, will be held unlawful in the light of the Shar’iah. The fact is that, as a result of this "excessive compassion", the animals, in most circumstances, die – particularly chicken and duck. It is because of the method of this act of killing, (maitah) that the Shari’ah forbids us to eat carrion.
Islam is a religion of mercy, all its teachings, be they for humans or animals, embody nothing but blessings. Even the method prescribed for slaughter is the best method because it is based upon compassion. Nevertheless, may allegations have been made that Islamic slaughter is not humane to animals. However, Professor Shultz and his colleague Dr Hazim of the Hanopver University, Germany, proved by experiments, using Electroencephalogram (EEG – An instrument that records the electrical activity of the brain) and Electrocardiogram (ECG – An instrument that records electrical current generated by the heartbeat) that:
Islamic slaughter is a humane method of sacrifice; and,
Captive bolt stunning, practices in the west, causes severe pain to the animal.
Several electrodes were surgically implanted at various points on the skull of all animals, touching the surface of the brain. The animals were allowed to recover for several weeks. Some animals were slaughtered by making a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck, cutting the jugular veins and carotid arteries of both sides; and also the trachea and oesophagus, i.e. the Halal methid. Some animals were stunned using a captive bolt pistol by the western method. During the experiment, EEG and ECG were used on all animals to record the condition of the brain and heart during the slaughter and stunning.
The Halal Method
The first three seconds after slaughter by the Islamic method, as recorded on the ECG, did not show any change when compared with the graph before the massacre, thus indicating that the animal did not feel any pain during immediately after the incision. For the following 3 seconds, the EEG recorded a condition of deep sleep-unconsciousness. This is due in no small quantity of blood gushing out of the body. After the above mentioned 6 seconds, the ECG recorded zero level, showing no feeling of pain at all. As the brain message (EEG) dropped to zero level, the heart was still pounding, and the body is convulsing vigorously, (a reflex action of the spinal cord) driving maximum blood from the body, resulting in hygienic meat for the consumer.
The Western Method by Captive Bolt Stunning
Although the animals became unconscious soon after stunning, the EEG showed severe pain immediately after stunning. The hearts of the animals stunned by C.B.P. stopped beating, as compared to those of the animals slaughtered according to the halal method, resulting in the retention of more blood in the flesh. This, in turn, is unhygienic for the consumer.
Halal References From Quran
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ كُلُواْ مِمَّا فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ حَلَـٰلاً۬ طَيِّبً۬ا وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَٲتِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَكُمۡ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ
لوگو جو چیزیں زمین میں حلال طیب ہیں وہ کھاؤ۔ اور شیطان کے قدموں پر نہ چلو۔ وہ تمہارا کھلا دشمن ہے
O mankind! Eat of that which is lawful and good on the earth, and follow not the footsteps of Shaitân (Satan). Verily, he is to you an open enemy: (The Holy Qur’an 2:168)
يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ڪُلُواْ مِن طَيِّبَـٰتِ مَا رَزَقۡنَـٰكُمۡ وَٱشۡكُرُواْ لِلَّهِ إِن ڪُنتُمۡ إِيَّاهُ تَعۡبُدُونَ (١٧٢) إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيۡڪُمُ ٱلۡمَيۡتَةَ وَٱلدَّمَ وَلَحۡمَ ٱلۡخِنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ بِهِۦ لِغَيۡرِ ٱللَّهِۖ فَمَنِ ٱضۡطُرَّ غَيۡرَ بَاغٍ۬ وَلَا عَادٍ۬ فَلَآ إِثۡمَ عَلَيۡهِۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ
اے اہل ایمان جو پاکیزہ چیزیں ہم نے تم کو عطا فرمائیں ہیں ان کو کھاؤ اور اگر خدا ہی کے بندے ہو تو اس (کی نعمتوں) کا شکر بھی ادا کرو (۱۷۲) اس نے تم پر مرا ہوا جانور اور لہو اور سور کا گوشت اور جس چیز پر خدا کے سوا کسی اور کا نام پکارا جائے حرام کردیا ہے ہاں جو ناچار ہوجائے (بشرطیکہ ) خدا کی نافرمانی نہ کرے اور حد (ضرورت) سے باہر نہ نکل جائے اس پر
کچھ گناہ نہیں۔ بےشک خدا بخشنے والا (اور) رحم کرنے والا ہے
O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with, and be grateful to Allâh, if it is indeed He Whom you worship. (172) He has forbidden you only the Maitah (dead animals), and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is slaughtered as a scrifice for others than Allâh (or has been slaughtered for idols, on which Allâh's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him. Indeed, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (The Holy Qur’an 2:173)
حُرِّمَتۡ عَلَيۡكُمُ ٱلۡمَيۡتَةُ وَٱلدَّمُ وَلَحۡمُ ٱلۡخِنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ لِغَيۡرِ ٱللَّهِ بِهِۦ وَٱلۡمُنۡخَنِقَةُ وَٱلۡمَوۡقُوذَةُ وَٱلۡمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَٱلنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَآ أَكَلَ ٱلسَّبُعُ إِلَّا مَا ذَكَّيۡتُمۡ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى ٱلنُّصُبِ وَأَن تَسۡتَقۡسِمُواْ بِٱلۡأَزۡلَـٰمِۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ فِسۡقٌۗ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ يَٮِٕسَ ٱلَّذِينَ
كَفَرُواْ مِن دِينِكُمۡ فَلَا تَخۡشَوۡهُمۡ وَٱخۡشَوۡنِۚ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمَ دِينً۬اۚ فَمَنِ ٱضۡطُرَّ فِى مَخۡمَصَةٍ غَيۡرَ مُتَجَانِفٍ۬ لِّإٍِ۬ثۡمٍ۬ۙ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬
تم پر مرا ہوا جانور اور (بہتا) لہو اور سور کا گوشت اور جس چیز پر خدا کے سوا کسی اور کا نام پکارا جائے اور جو جانور گلا گھٹ کر مر جائے اور جو چوٹ لگ کر مر جائے اور جو گر کر مر جائے اور جو سینگ لگ کر مر جائے یہ سب حرام ہیں اور وہ جانور بھی جس کو درندے پھاڑ کھائیں۔ مگر جس کو تم (مرنے سے پہلے) ذبح کرلو اور وہ جانور بھی جو تھان پر ذبح کیا جائے اور یہ بھی کہ پاسوں سے قسمت معلوم کرو یہ سب گناہ (کے کام) ہیں آج کافر تمہارے دین سے ناامید ہو گئے ہیں تو ان سے مت ڈرو اور مجھی سے ڈرتے رہو (اور) آج ہم نے تمہارے لئے تمہارا دین کامل کر دیا اور اپنی نعمتیں تم پر پوری کر دیں اور تمہارے لئے اسلام کو دین پسند کیا ہاں جو شخص بھوک میں ناچار ہو جائے (بشرطیکہ) گناہ کی طرف مائل نہ ہو تو خدا بخشنے والا مہربان ہے
Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maitah (the dead animals - cattle - beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allâh’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering, (that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allâh, or has been slaughtered for idols) and that which has been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by the goring of horns - and that which has been (partly) eaten by a wild animal - unless you can slaughter it (before its death) - and that which is sacrificed (slaughtered) on An-Nusub  (stone-altars). (Forbidden) Also is to use arrows seeking luck or decision; (all) that is Fisqun (disobedience of Allâh and sin). This day, those who disbelieved have given up all hope of your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islâm as your religion. But as for him who is forced by severe hunger, with no inclination to sin (such can eat these meats as mentioned earlier), then surely, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. (The Holy Qur’an 5:3)
this information was gained from the web page http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/