Here on Firestorm we believe in bringing things out into the light where we can take a real good look at what they are and understand what we are dealing with, especially in regard to those things that are truly spiritual and relevant to the followers of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. We know to seek knowledge and wisdom and be wise as serpents and meek as doves, so head’s UP. Let’s turn on the lights and take a good look at Halal.
I have been receiving a lot of information concerning the term “Halal.” It is used in regard to how food is processed according to Muslim Requirements. We have seen requirements for the Jewish people and their food is marked “Kosher,” which means the food has been processed according to the Jewish requirements. Now, you may think that the halal process is no different than meat that is acceptable to the Jewish people certified kosher. However, unlike kosher food, where the “physical” processing of the meat is the focus, for Islam it is the physical AND spiritual component that makes the meat lawful.
First a general overview of what we are dealing with and why it is important.
- pork or pork by products
- animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
- animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the Name of Allah.
- blood and blood products
- carnivorous animals
- birds of prey
land animals without external ears
These prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, meaning forbidden in Arabic. According to information released, Muslims are taught through the Qu’ram that all animals should be treated with respect and well cared for. The goal is to slaughter the animal, limiting the amount of pain the animal will endure.
Is this true? Many say NO! Islam requires that animals should be slaughtered in a way that ensures the draining of their blood before they are eaten. The Islamic method is to cut the animal’s throat while it is alive. Most Muslim slaughters do not “stun” the animal first, before slitting its throat, in the belief that drainage will be complete, “only” if the animal is “conscious.”
Many believe that halal slaughter is cruel. How can you conceive otherwise after reading a 2003 report from the Farm Animal Welfare Council? It reads.
When a very large transverse incision is made across the neck, a number of vital tissues are transected, including: skin, muscle, trachea, esophagus, carotid arteries, jugular veins, major nerve trunks (e.g. vagus and phrenic nerves) plus
numerous minor nerves.
Such a “drastic” cut will inevitably trigger a barrage of sensory information to the brain in a sensible (conscious) animal. We are persuaded that such a massive injury would result in significant pain and distress in the period “before” insensibility supervenes. In other words, the animal is conscious of PAIN and SUFFERING!
The Spiritual Issues:
Many Christians believe the method of killing without stunning to be cruel and therefore contrary to the Biblical creation mandate. Some endorse the call from animal welfare groups for the banning of halal slaughtering practices.
“Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds (mankind, Jinns and all that exist). The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Master of Day of Judgment. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray. (Quran, Sure Fateha)”
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