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Animals Slaughtered After Electric Shock

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Amjad
2014/08/31
Respected scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. If electrical current is applied to an animal for a few seconds to make it unconscious and then it is slaughtered in the Islamic way of halal slaughter, would it be considered halal? It is made scientifically sure that when the animal is slaughtered, it is alive and breathing. The current applied or electrical stunning only makes it immobile to save the struggle of both the animal and the slaughterer. According to the two main requirements of halal slaughter, the animal must be alive at the time of slaughter and maximum blood should be let out of the animal's body. If we meet these two requirements even after applying current, the meat should be halal. Do you agree? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

 In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear brother in Islam, thanks a lot for your question, which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to people of knowledge to become well acquainted with the teachings of Islam in all aspects of life.

It should be clear that stunning or applying electric shock to animals before slaughter will not in itself render the animals unlawful for Muslim consumption. If the animal is still alive after electric shock and then it gets slaughtered, then it is slaughtered in an Islamic way and, thus, there is nothing wrong in eating it. However, if the animal happens to die through the electric shock before being slaughtered, then it is carrion, which is forbidden for Muslims to eat.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states the following,

Animals slaughtered in this way are considered as halal and therefore lawful for us to consume as long as they did not die before slaughter. This has been the position of the World Fiqh Council. For after due deliberations, the council concluded that stunning or applying electric shock to the animals before slaughter will not in itself render the animals unlawful for Muslim consumption as long as the animals are still alive while they are slaughtered. Of course, the slaughter thus made must fulfill conditions of halal slaughter: The major arteries are to be cut with a sharp knife or instrument in such a way that the entire blood is drained off; the name of Allah should also be invoked at the time of slaughter.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 Excerpted, with slight modifications, from www.islam.ca.


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