How Much Halal is Your `Eid Qurban?

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Shari’ah recommends that the animal should face Qiblah at the time of slaughter and it is disliked to sacrifice animals in the presence of other animals or to sharpen the knife in their view.

Shari’ah forbids maltreating the qurban, and the Prophet (PBUH) taught us to treat animals with kindness.

Shadid b. Aus reported that Prophet Muhammad said: “Verily Allah has enjoined goodness to everything; so when you kill, kill in a good way and when you slaughter, slaughter in a good way. So every one of you should sharpen his knife, and let the slaughtered animal die comfortably.”(Muslim 21:4810).

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The Righteous Imams also reminded Muslims about the importance of animal welfare. Hazrat Ali (RA) said: “Don’t slaughter sheep in the presence of other sheep, or any animal in the presence of other animals.”

And Hazrat ‘Omar upon seeing a man denying a sheep, which he was going to slaughter, a satiating measure of water to drink, gave the man a beating with his lash and told him: “Go, water it properly at the time of its death, you knave!” (Reported by Ibn Sirin about Hazrat ‘Omar and recorded in Badae al-Sande; 6:2811).

Stressed Qurban=Harmful Meat

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Some people disobey the Islamic Shari’ah by claiming that because of the huge number of animals, butchers simply have no other choice expect to slaughter the animals quickly and collectively.

Dr. Abdul Majid Katme, a spokesman on medical ethics, the advocate for halal and tayyib slaughter and animal welfare in Islam told AboutIslam.net that much of the halal-labeled meat available in the UK isn’t actually halal.

People who don’t follow the Islamic Shari’ah sacrifice the qurban in mass slaughter. They stress the qurban which causes toxic effects on meat. This certainly can’t be pure.

Allah says in the Quran regarding the sacrifice of the animals: ‘It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.’ (Surat Al-Hajj 22:37).

Keeping this in mind shouldn’t we all reconsider our approach to `Eid qurban? If we do it with the sincere intention of pleasing Allah, then we shall take no shortcuts and seek no excuses, but rather try to do it in the best manner, as taught by the Prophet (PBUH).

This article is from our archive, originally published on an earlier date, and now republished  for its importance.

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