Posted on December 30 2014
Dhabīḥah (ذَبِيْحَة) is the prescribed method of slaughter for all meat sources, excluding fish and other sea-life, per Islamic law.
The correct method involves the simultaneous cutting of the gullet, windpipe, carotid artery, and jugular vein of the animal with a sharp knife.
The conditions for slaughter are as below:
- The one who carries it out must be a Muslim;
- If possible, the instrument should be made of iron;
- The creature must be made to face the Holy Kaaba;
- The animal should be sacrificed according to Islamic ritual with the saying of In the Name of God.
- There must be a normal emission of blood from the animal after the ritual.
The animal must show some sign of movement after the ritual to show that the animal was alive before being sacrificed. In Islam, other forbidden items include pork and all its products, animals which are improperly slaughtered, alcoholic drinks including all forms of intoxicants, carnivorous animals, birds of prey, and any food contaminated with any of these products.
How is the halal method beneficial to our health?
Islamic methods are beneficial to human health in that the blood completely drains from the carcass, producing healthier and cleaner meat free from excessive microbial growth. In addition, the meat lacks fear toxins, which cause fear and anxiety in humans, as the ritual is swift, quick, all-encompassing, and as painless as possible. Lord Horder GCVO, MD, FRCP comments that, ‘The animal loses consciousness immediately. It is difficult to conceive a more painless and rapid mode of death; for a few seconds after the cut is made, the animal makes no movement, its body is then convulsed, the convulsive movements continue for about a minute and then cease. The interpretation of this fact is clear: the cut is made by a knife so sharp and so skillfully handled that a state of syncope with its associated unconsciousness follows instantaneously upon the severing of the blood pressure.
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