Stunning the animal

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Dear Sir,

Nando’s restaurants are providing Halal meet foods in entire U.K. However, I have recently come to know about their procedures. As per their information “the chickens are pre-stunned – to minimize suffering or fear.  The method used is a high frequency, low voltage stun – this means the animal is still alive when it is killed by zabiha (hand slaughter)”

I want to know is that way to slaughter animals is correct?

Please inform me.

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

With regards to your question, the answer depends on whether stunning causes the animal to die or not.  Many a time small animals such as chickens die as a results of the electric shock whereas larger animals stay alive for a short period and then die.

If the animals were to die before the actual Islamic slaughter then it would be unlawful to consume the meat.  Otherwise, it would be permissible to eat it albeit it will be considered Makruh Tahrimi.   (Kifayatul Mufti p.239 v.8 & p.256 v.8 &)

Allah (SWA) in the Holy Quran has said “Forbidden to you are: Al Maitah (the dead animals – cattle – beasts not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine and that which Allah’s name has not been mentioned while slaughtering…”  (Surah Maaidah v.3)

To be on the safe side it will be necessary to refrain from consuming such meat.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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