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Humane treatment even in slaughter Category: Animal welfareConsumerMeat & Poultry

While Islam permits eating meat, it gives instructions to ensure humane slaughter, with as little pain to the victim as possible:

God’s Messenger (PBUH) was reported as saying [1]: ‘Allah Who is Blessed and Exalted, has prescribed benevolence toward everything {and has ordained that everything be done in a good way}; so, when you must kill a living being, do it in the best manner and, when you slaughter an animal, you should {use the best method and} sharpen your knife so as to cause the animal as little pain as possible. (Narrated by Shaddad bin Aus. Muslim; Vol. 2, Chapter 11; Section on ‘Slaying'; Also recorded in Riyadus Salihin. Hadith No. 643; p. 131).
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Prophet Muhammad ( PBUH) Concerning the Treatment of Animals Category: Animal welfareConsumer

The Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH),  forbade the killing of animals except for food. An-Nasa’i and Ibn Habban narrated that the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH), said [1] :

“Whoever kills (even) a little bird unnecessarily, it will complain to God on the Day of Resurrection and say, ‘My Lord, so and so killed me in vain and did not kill me for a useful purpose’.” (Hadith in An-Nasa’i and Ibn Habban)

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High Street salads can contain more salt than a Big Mac. Category: ConsumerFood Production

Salt levels can be more than half your recommended daily allowance.

Many of us opt for a pre-packaged salad for lunch in an attempt to eat healthily, but a new survey has found that many high street salads contain more salt than a Big Mac.

And some contain more than half of our recommended daily salt intake of 6g.

The survey, by health charity Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH), measured the salt content of 270 pre-packaged salad and pasta products from high street food chains and supermarkets.

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CAMPAIGN: EU singles out Halal and Kosher meat for special treatment. Category: Behalal.org workCampaignConsumerPETITIONSThe Law

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EU labelling proposals for meat and meat products to ONLY carry the label “Meat from animals slaughtered without stunning”.

Yes, things are brewing as you read this article. Fact: Animals slaughtered without stunning are banned in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland and recently in New Zealand. It’s happening right on our doorstep in Europe. Our concern is that it may be eventually bought in through the back door and imposed on us all in the UK too.

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Stunning debate Category: Meat & Poultry

Islam, the last religion to mankind, is a comprehensive full way of life.The holy book al, Qur’an and the sayings/actions of the last prophet Muhammad (peace he upon him) or Sunnah are the two major holy references for every Muslim for all affairs and all issues of life. Food, diet ,eating, what is allowed to eat(Halal) and what is not allowed to eat(Haram),when to eat, how to eat, what animals allowed to eat, what animals not allowed to eat, how to do(dhabh)/slaying the animal for food..? And how the teacher and the model prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did do dhabh and slayed the animal for food…all these and many more have been explained clearly and in detail in the teachings of Islam. Allah (god) the creator, the legislator, the compassionate, the merciful to man and the animal has said clearly in the last holy book al Qur’an:

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Faith and food Fact Files – Muslim view by Dr A.Majid Katme Category: Consumer

“…and he makes pure / right / good things lawful to them and forbids them from what is wrong / evil / harmful.”

Qur’an 7:157

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Which ingredients are forbidden?

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America Bans Use of Captive-Bolt Stun Gun Category: Meat & Poultry

May 17, 2010
Author: www.shechitauk.org

America Bans Use of Captive-Bolt Stun Gun

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced (Jan 2004) that amongst new regulations to prevent the spread of BSE – “Mad Cow Disease” – the practice of striking cows on the head to stun them before slaughter, and the use of the captive-bolt stun gun is now forbidden, since this can transmit the infection beyond the brain and spinal column.

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UK and World News Category: Consumer

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Eating less meat is more Islamic

Joseph Mayton guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 August 2010

The Qu’ran reminds us animals and birds are ‘communities like you’. So why do so many Muslims break their fast with meat?

For most of the billion-plus Muslims who sit down each evening to break their Ramadan fast, meat will be on the menu. Lots of it. But how Islamic is eating meat?

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Personal care Category: Personal Care

Halal Skincare: Beyond …

The saying for chocolates, ‘A moment on the lips = a life time on the hips!’ may be just as applicable to cosmetics, considering women on average may eat several tonnes of lipstick during their lifetime; up to 5lb per year of chemicals may get absorbed into the body as a result of putting cosmetics on every day and up to 60% of what we put on our skin can get absorbed into the body!

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Halal Pharmaceuticals: A Complex Alien World Category: Pharmaceuticals

By Dr. Mahvash Hussain-Gambles

The preservation of human well-being and health has been prescribed by Allah, and with modern advances in pharmaceutical industry, most diseases can be cured. The question is whether Muslims should continue to consume medicines designed to safeguard life without asking questions or should we now be challenging the industry about the origins of many of these ingredients and whether or not they are compliant with an Islamic lifestyle.

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The Law Category: The Law

The law article coming soon…

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GM or Non-GM Food – A Halal Perspective Category: Food Production


By Dr. Mahvash Hussain-Gambles

The 1970s saw the start of genetic modification technology, which in essence takes genes from one species and forces it into the DNA of another species to produce Genetically Modified (GM) food. These ‘modified’ genes produce proteins which generate specific characteristics or traits, such as highly productive and resilient crops, vegetables growing in the desert, and vitamin-fortified grains. Thus, genetic modification promises significant advantages such as feeding millions of starving people of the world, as well as environmental benefits – by reducing the amount of land needed to grow crops, thus allowing more land to be used for natural habitats. Genetic modification or genetic engineering is not to be confused with cloning, which is exact biological copies of normal animals, identical twins of sorts.

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Meat & poultry Category: Meat & Poultry

The slaughtering (dhabh in Arabic) rules for Halal, which are based on Islam teachings, ethics and jurisprudence require:

  • The abattoirs or factory must be under the close and constant supervision of an Islamic religious organization.
  • The premises, equipment and machinery must be classed according to Islamic Shariah (Law) before any production takes place.
  • A trained Muslim man to slaughter the animal in a Licensed Slaughter House with the implementation of all the Hygiene and Animal Welfare Regulations.
  • The slaughterman must be mature and pious Muslim of sound mind who understands fully the fundamentals and conditions relating to Halal slaughter and be approved by the religious authorities and the Meat Hygiene Services
  • The animal /bird is alive permissible to eat, feed and grow up on natural vegetarian diet.
  • The animal /bird is alive, healthy and free from any disease or injury at the time of slaughter, certified and checked by the Veterinary Surgeon. » read more
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Consumer Category: Consumer

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