Halal slaughtering in Islam is called Dhabihah. It is no more barbaric than none halal slaughtering, if not it is less barbaric. God has sent us the correct and most humane way possible to slaughter animals (as I will describe later). Once said animal has been slaughtered in the way Allah has prescribed, it is then considered to be halal. Which means Muslims are allowed to consume it.
Dhabihah is the Islamic slaughter prescribed by Allah (saw). It is performed in 3 simple steps:
By cutting the Jugular vein you are allowing for the blood to stop circulating to the brain which in return allows the animals should to leave quicker than any other method. We also make sure we use a sharp knife as if the knife were to be blunt, the blood would leak slower and will inflict more pain on the animal.
What does the Quran say?
حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةُ وَالدَّمُ وَلَحْمُ الْخِنزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ بِهِ وَالْمُنْخَنِقَةُ وَالْمَوْقُوذَةُ وَالْمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَالنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَا أَكَلَ السَّبُعُ إِلَّا مَا ذَكَّيْتُمْ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى النُّصُبِ وَأَن تَسْتَقْسِمُوا بِالْأَزْلَامِ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ فِسْقٌ ۗ الْيَوْمَ يَئِسَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا مِن دِينِكُمْ فَلَا تَخْشَوْهُمْ وَاخْشَوْنِ ۚ الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا ۚ فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ فِي مَخْمَصَةٍ غَيْرَ مُتَجَانِفٍ لِّإِثْمٍ ۙ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ - 5:3
Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah, and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience. This day those who disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so, fear them not, but fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin - then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
The Quran has revealed many versus stating what we can and cannot eat; how we can and cannot kill. But what intrigues me the most about the verse above is the sentence:
This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.
If we evaluate this sentence, we can see that god has told us that he has perfected our religion and completed his favour upon us. A favour upon us.
In my eye I see this as god preventing us from getting sick from diseases by telling us what to eat and what not to eat. For example, he has forbidden the consummation of pig.
إِنَّمَا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْمَيْتَةَ وَالدَّمَ وَلَحْمَ الْخِنزِيرِ وَمَا أُهِلَّ بِهِ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ ۖ فَمَنِ اضْطُرَّ غَيْرَ بَاغٍ وَلَا عَادٍ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ - 2:173
He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
The reason god has not allowed us to eat pig is because of the many diseases the pig carries.
So, if we use this logic than the restrictions god has put on us must mean they are there to help us as humans. If this is the case, then god must have put the ruling about slaughtering animals in for a reason. That reason could be 1) The meat will get rid of diseases and illnesses or 2) It is the least painful for the animal or 3) both.
My conclusion is that slitting an animal's jugular vein (to kill the animal quickly with least amount of pain) with a sharp knife (so it doesn't feel pain) is the most humane way possible to kill an animal.
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