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Is Islamic Method Of Slaughtering Animals Ruthless?

The Islamic method of slaughtering animals, known as Zabiha has been the

object of much criticism from a large number of people.

One may consider the following points, which prove that the Zabiha method is

not only humane but also scientifically the best:

  1. Islamic method of slaughtering animal

Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to purify). Its infinitive is

Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal

requires the following conditions to be met:

a.Animal should be slaughtered with sharp object (knife)

The animal has to be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast

way so that the pain of slaughter is minimised.

b.Cut wind pipe, throat and vessels of neck

Zabiha is an Arabic word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is

to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck

causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.

c.Blood should be drained

The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The

purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good

culture medium for micro organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut

because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process

causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.

  1. Blood is a good medium for germs and bacteria

Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way

of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs,

bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.

  1. Meat remains fresh for a longer time

Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to

deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.

  1. Animal does not feel pain

The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the

nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain.

While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain,

but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles defecient in blood and

due to the flow of blood out of the body.



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