Wednesday, 23 January 2019,
Animals should be killed with minimum suffering and with due regard to the sentiments and principles of humanity, so the Islamic method forbids the inflicting of unnecessary pain, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (ACM) Laiq Ahmed Atif has told The Malta Independent.
Over the past few days a debate has been taking place as to whether the production of meat through religiously sanctioned methods are acceptable.
TVM previously spoke with Imam Muhammed El Sadi, who insisted that the slaughter of animals without stunning, done according to the Jewish and Islamic traditions, is a matter of religious freedom and human rights which should be respected and considered.
Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi and Nationalist MEP candidate Dione Borg publicly denounced the practice, calling it unbelievably cruel and not acceptable, whilst Borg also appealed to the authorities to not accept the Imam’s proposition.
Without referring to any remarks made over the past couple of days, Atif explained that, in relation to eating, there are two “halal” and “tayyeb”.
The term halal means “that which is lawful for you”; thus halal meat is that which has been slaughtered in the name of Allah, and has had the blood drained out from it.
The term tayyeb means pure, wholesome and acquired by legal and ethical means.
“As far as the slaughtering is concerned, Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Verily Allah has enjoined goodness to everything; so when you slaughter, slaughter in a good humane way. Every one of you should sharpen his knife, and let the slaughtered animal die instantly and comfortably.’”
He explained that even in circumstances where multiple animals are to be slaughtered, mankind is taught by Islam to do this in a way that the other animals do not witness the slaughter.
“This is the extent to which one has to consider the feelings of animals.
As far as the issue of cruelty to animals is concerned, in a sense all killing is cruel, and if it is to avoid cruelty to animals it should logically to abstain from the use of flesh as food and be vegetarians.”
Atif ends his remarks by insisting that the only pain felt by an animal killed in the Islamic way of slaughtering is that of the cut in the skin.
Cutting of the carotid arteries produces practically instantaneous loss of consciousness, and the animal feels no further pain.
“This procedure is done very diligently and quickly that it takes a very short time.”
As explained in the TVM article, a number of butcher shops owned by Arabic owners which sell Halal meat already exist on the island, and mainland Europe too.
A ban on Halal and kosher animal slaughter went into effect in Belgium on the first day of 2019.