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« on: September 08, 2007, 03:09:00 am »

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1) During the days of Jahiliya in the Arabian peninsula (i.e. before the spread of Islam), the idolaters sacrificed animals in the names of other deities which they worshipped instead of the Almighty Allah or which they associated with Allah. Such food is not Halal because sacrifice must be made only in the name of Allah, The One and Only. Therefore, to discontinue the old tradition, it is incumbent to mention the name of Allah (Subhanu Wa'Tala) only before slaughtering the animal for food.

2) We also need to keep in mind that animals are living beings and they too have a soul like humans. Allah has made animals subservient to humans. So, when an animal is being slaughtered for food, that animal is dying to serve us. Thus, at a time like this, the least we can do as a gesture of respect toward the soul of the dying animal is to mention the name of Allah.

"And for every nation have We appointed a ritual, that they may mention the name of Allah over the beast of cattle that He hath given them for food; and your God is One God, therefor surrender unto Him. And give good tidings (O Muhammad) to the humble," (22:34) Al-Hajj

I quote the reflections of Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall on the above verse as follows.

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In order that they may realize the awfulness of taking life and the solemn nature of the trust which Allah has imposed on them in the permission to eat animal food. Thus, must mention the name of Allah before slaughtering.
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3) It is for this reason that we are not allowed to eat the meat of animals that have been killed by beating, goring of horns or falling from heights. Only those animals are Halal that are slaughtered in the name of Allah by the 'death stroke' i.e. as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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