The word ‘halal’ literally means permissible- and in translation it is usually used as lawful as per Islamic Law. The Halal food Authority rules for halal are based on Islamic Shari’ah. The antonym to halal is haram, which means unlawful or forbidden.
It is well known around in the meat trade that Muslims consume halal meat. However, at times questions are asked, what is halal? In Arabic it simply means permissible or allowed. Opposite to it is haram, which means forbidden or not allowed.
Now to make meat halal or permissible, an animal or poultry has to be slaughtered in a ritual way known as Zibah or Zuba in India
Zabihah require animals to be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter, since carrion is forbidden and, jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe have to be severed by a razor sharp knife by a single swipe, to incur as less a pain as possible.
All the flowing, must be drained out of the carcass, as blood is forbidden.
- An animal should not be dead prior to slaughter
- A Muslim should perform slaughter
- Any flowing blood of the carcass should be completely drained
- Choice of modern and in vogue method has to be considered with caution and, it should be in line with Islamic principles.
The Islamic Concept: The object used to slaughter the animal, should be sharp and used swiftly. The swift and smooth cutting of the vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of the blood to the nerves in the brain responsible for the pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. The movements and the withering that happen to the animal after the cut is made are not due to pain, but due to contraction and relaxation of the muscle deficient in blood. In fact the pain issue has been studied by a German Research that studies pain!!