Category Archives: Halaal

Halaal Bulletin: Update on Royal Castle

The Darul Uloom Halaal Committee has investigated the issue of contamination at the Halaal approved outlets of Royal Castle as reported in our previous bulletin.

After meeting with representatives of the company, we are satisfied that all items at the previously approved outlets are halaal except chicken nuggets.

There is no longer a contamination issue.

The halaal approved outlets are:

  • Ridgewood Plaza, Arima
  • Dial, Arima
  • Shoppes of Arima, Arima
  • Endeavour
  • Rio Claro
  • Cumoto
  • Piarco Airport, Piarco

Can Muslims work for banks or financial institutions?

Assalaamu Alaikum

Can Muslims work for banks or financial institutions? Would income earned from these sources considered to be haram?

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

In general, transactions, borrowing and lending, financing etc. which are done at Banks and Financial Institutions are all directly and indirectly  connected to interest/usury (Riba) which is totally Haram (forbidden) in Islam. In fact, the major source of income for a bank/financial Institute is interest.

In this respect, the great scholar Mufti Khalid  Saifullah Rahmani has written, ‘Work and transactions in the bank are based upon Riba (interest), and interest based work and transactions are all Haraam. The Messenger of Allah has cursed one who takes interest; one who pays interest; one who writes a transaction of interest; the witnesses who witness such transactions and those through whom such transactions take place’ (Abu Dawood; Tirmidhi; Ibn Majah). The reason for such ‘curse’ is that all the above mentioned individuals are rendering assistance to interest based transactions. Those who work at the bank are involved in documentation and accounting, and in all other activities of  interest based transactions. Hence, they fall into the different categories of those who have been cursed in the hadith, and are direct helpers and supporters of this grave sin. It is therefore, not permissible to work at the bank.’ (Kitabul Fatawa Vol. 5 Pg. 392 Zam Zam Publishers Karachi 2008).

Many other great scholars and leading Muftis have also given the same Fatawa (verdict) regarding working in the bank. These are all documented in their respective books of Fatawas.

Therefore, when working for such Institutions are considered to be Haram, then the income earned from these sources will also be Haram.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Quranic verses on vehicles.

Q. Is it permissible to have Quranic verses and phrases on one’s vehicle?

A. The Holy Quran contains the words of Allah and must be respected at all times. Placing these Quranic verses on vehicles is only a matter of fashion and style, and no sort of respect is given to these verses when they are placed in this manner. Instead, we see that a lot of dirtiness (which is on the vehicle) comes over these verses, no one pays attention to the sacredness of these verses, no one reflects on the message contained in these verses and in many cases, it is seen that music is played in many of these vehicles which contain these Quranic verses. It therefore shows that this act has become a ‘style’ and ‘fashion’ of the day, and Muslims must refrain from showing such disrespect to these Quranic verses.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan

Fish Gelatin

Question: Fish gelatin.

السلام عليكم. لا أدري كيف يسمى هذا الشيئ في اللغة العربية و لكن أفهم معناها…و سؤالي: هل هذا الشيئ حلال؟؟ شكرا جزيلا

Assalaamu Alaikum.
I don’t know how to name this thing in Arabic, but i understand its meaning…..And my question is: Is this thing Halaal? Thank you very much.

Answer: Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

نعم، هذا حلال
Yes, this is permissible.

And Allah Knows Best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.

Rulings With Regards To Dogs

Question: asalaam alaikam respected mufti saheb

in Islam keeping a dog as a pet is haraam as we know it says in hadith one or two qiraat is deducted from the reward does this literally mean your good deeds get taken or the reward decreases does it mean all good deeds go away and the person on judgment day will not have hasanat?

Also what is the ruling as follows in this situation

1) a person lives in a area in England its a small town but not a city and there is some increase of crime not extremely dangerous but he thinks its best to keep a dog for protection or to keep watch as one cant be sure nowadays

2) in the area it is illegal to keep a dog outside on the front garden even in a doghouse it seen as intimidating to people so the person feels the dog can stay out the back garden this is more likely where a burglar can come in however this involves moving the dog from the back garden door to the front garden door to take it for a walk in other words the dog has to pass through the house if he has to be taken for a walk

3) someone said you lose good deeds if you stroke a dog is this true? is it haraam to pet a dog like touch it

4) hanafi madhaab says dog saliva is najis but the dog itself isn’t what hadith do other madhaahib use to say dog is najis? and what is the madhaabs proof the dog isn’t najis

jazak allah khair


Wa alaikum As Salaam,

It means that literally your good deeds get taken away and this occurs every day. In the narration of Abdullah Bin Umar (R.A), it states that the Prophet (s.a.w) said, ‘whoever keeps a dog except for watching over the livestock or hunting, then everyday two qiraat (of blessings) are decreased from his good deeds.’ (Bukhari, Muslim). Another tradition of Abu Hurairah (R.A) shows that keeping a watchdog over one’s farms is also allowed.

Answers to the other questions: –

1. It will be allowed to keep only a watchdog for the purpose of protecting the property. This should be the only reason for keeping a dog. It must not be a pet dog.

2. If your purpose is to keep a dog for protection and you have to keep it at the back garden, then do so. You should not take it inside the house or allow it to pass through the house. You can walk it around in the back garden. The saliva and the mouth are impure. Having it ‘passed’ through the house means that it can touch its impurity to the wall, carpet or any other area. Along with this, the Prophet (s.a.w) is reported to have said, ‘The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or there are pictures. (Bukhari, Muslim).

3. I have not read anything to this effect; however, you should not be placing your hands on it except when there is a dire need to do so. Stroking the dog to pet it is not a valid or dire need and you should not do it. Remember that the allowance is only given to have a dog for security purposes and not as a pet dog. You can look after it without having the need to touch it with your hands. If there is a necessity to do so, then it should be limited only to that need.

4. The correct opinion of the Hanafi Madhab is that while the dog’s saliva is Najis (impure), the dog itself is not entirely najis (impure). This however, does not mean that the dog is clean/pure. It is still impure to a certain extent but not in its entirety. Unlike the swine which is Najis (impure in its entirety). It is for this reason, in the books of fiqh, the ruling of the swine is given as ‘Najis Al Ain’ (impure in its entirety) while the dog is not described with such a ruling (with the phrase ‘Najis Al Ain’). With respect to the dog, its mouth, saliva, mucus, the dribble from the mouth, urine, excrement are all impure.
According to Imaam Malik (A.R), the dog is pure. However, when it licks in water the utensil will be washed seven times as mentioned in the Ahadith.
Imam Shafi and Ahmad Bin Hambal state that the dog is impure. They state that since it is evident from the hadith that the mouth of the dog is impure, this means that the remaining of the dog will be impure also.
The Hanafi Madhab states that the dog is not ‘Najis Al Ain’ (impure in its entirety) because it is an animal from which benefits can be sought, as in the case of protecting livestock farms and also being used to hunt. The Shariah clearly shows that when the trained dog catches an animal of hunt and kills it, then the animal becomes halaal for consumption. (This occurs when the Tasmiya has been said while sending the dog and it is a trained dog). It therefore means that benefits are gained from the dog. With respect to the Ahadeeth, it is established that the mouth of the dog, its saliva, excrement etc. are impure. However, analogy cannot be made on this to determine the ruling on the remaining parts of the dog.
It is to be noted that the Ahadeeth that mention about the dog and the ruling of washing the utensil when it licks into it, have been accepted and applied by all the Imaams of Fiqh in their respective Madhahib.
With respect to the dog itself, whether it is impure in its entirety or not, the Imaams have applied their reasoning and understanding and have thus given their judgment based on the fact that the Prophet (s.a.w) have allowed using the dog for different reasons, and has also given rulings regarding the impurity of its mouth and saliva. (Al Fiqh Al Islami Wa Adilatihi vol.1 pg. 305;Al Bahr Ar Ra’iq vol. 1 pg. 129; Qamoos Al Fiqh vol. 4 pg. 567)

And Allah Knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan.


Hyaluronic Injection

Question: Is it permissible to take an injection of hyaluronic acid, also called synvisc injection for severe arthritis pain in the knees. The hyaluronic acid comes from the Chicken Comb. Jaza -Kallah.


Assalamu Alaikum,

Yes, it is permissible to use the Synvisc injection for arthritis.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Meaning Behind Halaal Certification of Chicken

Question: Salam dear mufti,

I have a question. As you may know, chicken are injected with steroids so that they can grow faster to meet the mass demand of the public. I was wondering, once certified halal, does this mean that the chicken do not contain steroids? Does this mean that the meat is pure from any sorts of steroids or other harmful chemicals? Thank you so much for your time. May Allah grant you goodness in this life and the life hereafter. Ameen.


Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Once the chicken is certified Halaal, it means that it is lawful for consumption and does not contain any Haraam substance or matter in it. It is possible that the meat may contain steroids even after it is slaughtered. However, according to many food scientists, this is negligible and not harmful for human consumption. In this regard, studies conducted by Cornell University (Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research) reveal the following: ‘The amount of steroid hormone that is eaten through meat of a treated animal is negligible compared to what the human body produces each day.’ It writes further: ‘Studies done so far do not provide evidence to state that hormone residues in meat or dairy products cause any human health effects.’ (From the material prepared by Renu Gadhi, Ph.D BCERF Research Associate and Suzanne M. Suedeker Ph.D Research Project Leader, BCERF (Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors BCERF) –

The above research shows that such meats are not harmful for human consumption. Also, there isn’t anything that will make such meats haram once the guidelines of Islamic slaughtering have been met.

And Allah Knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Halaal Certification process.

Q. Can you please respond to this e-mail and give me your opinion on content.

Assalamu Alaikum,

I contacted the certifying body regarding their Halal certification process and they put me on to a brother. This is the plant which is certified by an Islamic organization and is a supplier of chicken for outlets in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Brother stated (in summary):-

Before its certification, representatives from the certifying Islamic organization visited the plant to check the compliance of Halal process requirements. Plant has Muslim slaughterers who bless the chickens with Bismillahi Allahu Akbar. Chickens are slaughtered by cutting the jugular vein and esophagus only for full bleeding but head is NOT severed. Once the bird is fully bled then rest of the process is completed. Slaughtering is done mechanically. Product is cleaned, washed, chilled, cut and packed under the country’s guidelines and labeling regulations. Halal certificate is issued if requested by the customer. The plant is randomly visited by representatives of the certifying body to check Halal compliance. The plant has been inspected by Halal product teams from many Muslim countries which import Halal poultry from them. Plant is approved for Halal export to UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Indonesia and Mauritania. Halal product is shipped to these countries.

A. We have received this e-mail directly, but unfortunately, the manner of mechanical slaughter has not been accepted by the Darul Uloom, as well as many leading certifying Islamic bodies in different countries.

In the-mail two points are to be noted, they are:-
1) ‘Plant has Muslim slaughters who bless the chickens with Bismillahi Allahu Akbar’.
2) ‘Slaughtering is done mechanically’.

The second point tells us that the chickens are not slaughtered manually by hand, instead, they are slaughtered by a rotating blade that continues to rotate while slaughtering the chickens. According to the guidelines of Islamic slaughtering (in the case of tame/domesticated animals/birds) the slaughterer must recite the ‘Bismillah’ at the time he does the actual slaughtering. In the above mentioned case the question arises as to who is the slaughterer? Is it the Muslim slaughterers or the rotating blade? From our investigation, it is clear that it is the rotating blade that slaughters the chickens, thus processing about 23,000 chickens per hour on each of its two lines. This means that approximately 46,000 chickens per hour are produced on both slaughter lines. (as stated by IIIT in their communication with us, (DUHC) ).

If there are only two lines and there are only two Muslim brothers (as stated by IIIT), do you think that these two brothers can slaughter/cut the jugular vein and esophagus as mentioned in your attached e-mail) of 46,000 chickens in an hour! This is impossible. So if the rotating blade slaughters the chickens at a very fast rate, when or where is the Bismillah said?

Based on the information we have from IIIT, it is mentioned that Muslim laborers start the slaughtering machine while uttering the Bismillah continually. In other words, we are being told that when the Muslim slaughterman is ready to start the slaughtering machine, he simply says ‘Bismillah’ and flicks the switch to the ‘on position’. The information from IIIT also tells us that ‘two Muslim brothers recite Bismillah at each of the slaughter line’. It means that they simply stand at the slaughter line, and while the 46,000 chickens per hour are being slaughtered, they simply look at these chickens and say Bismillah as fast as they can, so that each Bismillah will fall on a bird, is this Islamic slaughter? Is this the way the Prophet (SA) has shown us? Do you simply say Bismillah on a switch which kills the chickens and then say it is Halal. Or do you stand, watching the chickens being cut by  a fast rotating blade and try your best to say ‘Bismillah’ 46,000 times in an hour so that all the birds will get ‘a Bismillah’?

You must know that in accordance to the way of proper Islamic slaughter as explained in the Shariah, both the above methods of mechanical slaughtering do not make the chickens Halal. It is for this reason, many Halal certifying bodies in the world have condemned these practices and have not considered such chickens to be halal.

It is unfortunate to see that some Muslims are becoming entrapped and confused through similar e-mails from those who possess no expertise in the areas of Halal and Islamic slaughter.

The Holy Quran has emphatically stated:- ‘Eat not of (meat) over which Allah’s name has not been pronounced. That will be sinful’ (Sura Al An’am 121).

This verse along with many others, and the blessed traditions of the Prophet(SA) make it abundantly clear that it is a condition for ‘Halal’ that the name of Allah  be said upon the animal/bird at the time when the slaughterer is slaughtering the animal or bird. When a person utters Bismillah on a switch, then this is not considered to be pronouncing it on a chicken, and when it is pronounced one time at the start of the machine, it cannot suffice for thousands of chickens which will be slaughtered on the same line, (afterwards).

In the case where Muslim brothers simply stand close to the rotating blade and recite Bismillah when the chickens come close to the blade, this is also not acceptable as Islamic slaughter for different reasons. The first is that it is a condition that the name of Allah be pronounced by the slaughterman while he is slaughtering the chicken/animal. But in this case, the Muslim brother who stands at the slaughter line has nothing to do with the chickens that are being slaughtered, he is just like a person who passes and says ‘Bismillah’ close to an unbeliever who is cutting the throat of an animal. Can one say that the animal which has been slaughtered by the unbeliever becomes Halal because of the Muslim’s ‘Bismillah’ which he uttered while passing close by? No! Definitely not. In the above case, the Muslim brother is simply looking-on, as the rotating blade does its job of killing the chickens. It cannot be said that he (the Muslim brother) slaughtered the chicken. Further to this, we see that thousands of chickens per hour are slaughtered by the fast rotating blade. The Muslim slaughtermen are required to utter the Bismillah as fast they can, so that they will not miss out a single chicken. According to what is mentioned in your ‘sent e-mail’, the Muslim slaughterers are required to say ‘Bismillahi Allahu Akbar’ on each chicken. According to the information from IIIT, two Muslim brothers stand at the slaughterline to say this phrase. Understanding that the processing plant produces a minimum of 46,000 chickens per hour, does it seem humanly possible for two Muslim brothers to actually recite ‘Bismillahi Allahu akbar’ 46,000 times in an hour? If the slaughtering continues for a period of three hours (which is shorter than the time it normally runs for) then these two Muslim brothers have to be continuously reciting ‘Bismillahi Allahu Akbar’ for 138,000 times. Even in a case where they do not pause for a single moment, or take a sip of water for a moment (which is impossible) they would not be able to fulfil this requirement of uttering Bismillahi Allahu Akbar upon every single bird. If one simply pause for a second, or part thereof and did not utter the phrase for this short moment, then a chicken or more would missed the Bismillah and will thus be slaughtered without the name of Allah being mentioned on them. It will therefore be haram to consume such chicken. (do the advocates of Mechanical Slaughter consider this).

There are many problems with regard to the mechanical slaughter, and many great scholars including internationally renowned Mufti Taqi Usmani have outrightly condemned such methods of slaughtering the chickens.

As in other cases, you will always find Muslims breaking the laws, compromising in them, and also advocating a change of the original fundamental requirements.

The Prophet (SA) mentioned to us that a time will come when a Muslim will not be bothered about what he eat,s whether it is halal or haram. He also said that a time will come when a new name will be given to intoxicants and will be considered Halal. He also mentioned that a sign of the hour of judgement is that people will go to ignorant leaders for religious verdicts and instructions. They (the ignorant leaders) will then pronounce judgments and give answers, and will thus misguide others, while misguiding themselves.

Today, the word halal is being used loosely, and many things that do not qualify to be halal are given the name of halal. The word is being used for commercial purposes and it is a word which many food places use to attract Muslim customers. The reality is that many of the owners of these places are not Muslims. They do not understand the importance of Halal for Muslims, and they are not concerned about keeping their promises to the Muslims. The result is that, at times, they use chickens and ingredients that are not halal, but still sell these as being halal. It is to curb these problems and to avoid such treachery, the Darul Uloom Halal Committee has been very strict in the matters of Halal foods and products, and have implemented such standards which have been enacted by the shariah.

Besides our local area, such betrayal of trust and confidence has been seen in the international scene. Today, a few processing plants in other countries have been ordered to ‘shut down’ for deception to the Muslims in the matter of Halal meats and chicken.

The issue of mechanical slaughtering endorsed by IIIT has not been accepted by thousands of Muslims in America, England and Canada. They do not purchase chickens endorsed as Halal by them, and do not support mechanical slaughtering of chickens. In a similar manner, hundreds of Halal certifying bodies have not endorsed such Halal certificates, and have warned the Muslims in different parts of the world about such chickens.

With respect to the statement in your ‘sent e-mail’ that the chickens of this processing plant is approved for Halal export to UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Indonesia and Mauritania, I wish to share some important information with you, which would reveal that ‘not everything that is propagated as Halal’ is really halal.

Due to the problems encountered in the proper manner of slaughtering chicken/animals in different countries, the committee of the senior scholars of Saudi Arabia took on the responsibility of sending delegates to the slaughterhouses of foreign countries which export meat to Muslims countries. Thereafter, those delegates sent letters describing what they observed in those slaughterhouses. The following are some of these letters and correspondence.

“A Letter From Brazil

1. This is a letter from Ahmad Ibn Sâlih Mahâyiri describing the method of slaughtering the birds and cattle which are imported to Saudi Arabia from Brazil.

All praise is for Allah, and mercy and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, and upon all his companions.

To the respected scholar, Abdul Aziz Ibn Bâz;
Peace be upon you and the blessings and mercy of Allah,

In response to your letter numbered 4/ 3443 dated Jumâd Ath­Thi 21, 1398 A.H. regarding an investigation as to how the chickens and cattle which are imported into Saudi Arabia are slaughtered, it honors me to bring to your attention the following points:

Between the 14th of Rajab 1398 A.H. and the 30th of Rajab of the same year, I traveled by land to visit seven Brazilian Cities which export meat and chickens.

1. Curitiba which is 450 Kilometers away from the city of Londrina.
2. Ponta Cruza which is 210 Kilometers away
3. Campo Grande which is 75 Kilometers away
4. Guiaba which is 125 Kilometers away
5. Goiania which is 110 Kilometers away
6. Providente which is 25 Kilometers away
7. San Joseph which is 375 Kilometers away

Although I went to every company in these cities which exports meat and came to know of their method of slaughter, I will only discuss in this letter —If Allah wills- those companies which export to Saudi Arabia. I will also give my observations and suggestions in light of what I learned during my journey”. (Legal Rulings on Slaughtered Animals pg.91)

“The Princisa Company Which Specializes In Chickens

This company is located in the city of Ponta Cruza in the state of Parana in Brazil. It raises chickens in a special farm and slaughters more than 150 tons of chickens in one month. The company packs the meat and exports it to many Arab Countries, such as Muscat, Amman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. This company exports through the Patropraz company of Brazil. The meat is packed in nylon cases and cartons on which it is written in Arabic, “Slaughtered according to Islamic law.” (I have enclosed a sample for you to examine).

When the Ministry of Commerce from one of the Islamic countries requested the importers to provide proof that this exported meat was slaughtered according to Islamic law along with the imported papers, this company went to the president of the Islamic organization in nearby Curitiba. They spoke to Husayn Al-U’mayri and made an agreement with him that his organization will certify that each container of chickens was slaughtered according to Islamic law. In exchange for this certification, the company would give his organization approximately 10% of the value of the chickens. (You will find enclosed a label of certification from this Islamic organization both in Arabic and Portuguese).

On the 14th of Rajab 1398 A.H., I left Londrina and headed towards this company, passing by the city of Curitiba in order to pick up Husayn Al-U’mayri, the president of the Islamic Organization. I went with him to the company’s headquarters in the city of Ponta Cruza. After being welcomed by the supervisors, I requested that they allow me to witness their method of slaughter. I personally observed the following points:

(In this company), the chickens are hung by their legs upside­ down while they are still alive. A machine takes them to a place where a man is standing with a knife. He cuts the jugular vein of every chicken which comes to him, and he tries to take the least amount of time possible so that he can cut the jugular vein of the next chicken. After the chicken is slaughtered, the same machine takes the hanging chickens to an area where there is hot water. The chickens are immersed in this water in order to pluck the feathers, clean the insides, and package the meat into the nylon bags described above.

The issue of contention in this method of slaughter is that most of the time the two jugular veins are not cut because of the speed in which the slaughterer is required to do his job. Similarly, the chickens are also placed in boiling water within a short period of time after the slaughter, and there is a possibility that they might not have died as of yet, causing them to choke to death. In the same way, it is also necessary to verify whether the slaughterer is from the people of the book or a pagan.

After leaving the slaughterhouse, I held a meeting with the president and the members of this company, and I explained to them which aspects of their method of slaughter were in conflict with Islamic law. I described the method of slaughter in Islam to them and I made a special request to them to adopt this method because of the great number of chickens which they export to Muslim countries.

Thereafter, the president of the company said to me, “Our company is completely prepared to adjust our method of slaughter, so that it can be in accordance to Islamic law. We can change the instruments used to slaughter and hire a Muslim to carry out the slaughter. However, we will only do this when we are given an advance order for the number of chickens which need to be exported. In light of this, we will be able to adjust the slaughter so that it can be in accordance to Islamic law.”

After we left the office of the company, I explained to the president of the Muslim Organization with wisdom and clarity that he was making a mistake by certifying that the meat was slaughtered in accordance to Islamic law. I appealed to him to stop doing this and to personally supervise the slaughter or appoint someone to supervise it so that the slaughter could take place according to Islamic law. He promised me that he would do so. Allah knows best.

Here, a very disappointing thing to note is that, although the chickens were not halal, the Muslim person from the Islamic Organization was simply selling ‘Halal Certification’ to the processing plant. Thereafter, these were shipped with the name ‘Halal’ to Muslim countries, when in reality it was not Halal, as explained by the shaikh”. (End Quote) (Ibid pg 92-93)

“The Sadia Awiysata Company And Chickens

This is one of the largest companies in the world for cow and chicken meat. It has more than 20 branches in the Brazilian States, and it exports to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. It has new slaughterhouses in Sao Paulo, Güiaba, Porto Alegre, Campo Grande, and Rio de Janeiro. It exports almost 300 tons of chicken in one month alone. Sadia receives a certification that the meat was slaughtered according to Islamic law from some Islamic organizations in Sao Paulo. The most famous of these organizations is the Santo Maro Islamic Organization and the Al-Jâmiyat Al-Khayriyyah Al-Islâmiyah. The company gives them a fee in exchange for their certification.

The method of slaughtering animals in this company is different from the method used by the Princisa Company mentioned above. Firstly, the chickens which are hanging from their legs on the moving machine are slaughtered with less haste, ensuring that the two jugular veins are cut most of the time. However, the unlawful factor still remains, i.e. the slaughtered chicken is placed in boiling water before it dies. Similarly, there is no guarantee that the slaughterer of this company is a person from the people of the book. All this was regarding the chickens slaughtered by this company. I would like to draw your attention to the following observations regarding the cows slaughtered by this company (Sadia) and their export to Saudi Arabia:

Sunday the 20th of Rajab (June 25) 1398 A.H., I went to the city of Guiaba, passing by the cities of Presidente and Campo Grande. On Thursday the 29′ of Rajab 1398 A.H., I went to visit this company with the president of the Muslim organization in the city of Guiaba, Khalid Al-Qara’vi and the secretary, Faysal Fans. We held a meeting with the president of company, Adison Jawaw Franseycon and a group of supervisors. I explained to the audience the benefits of slaughtering animals according to the Islamic method.

The president of the company told me that they used to stun the animals using an electric shock and they would remove their skins without draining the blood. They discovered that the meat slaughtered in this way spoils very quickly, even if it is kept in refrigerators. The color also quickly changes to a dark ash-gray. The veterinary doctors of the company advised them to slaughter the animal in such a way that all the blood is drained out. I interrupted him by saying, “The blood will only completely flow out by cutting the two jugular veins and the blood will not completely flow out from anywhere else.” The head of the company said, “We now use this very method for the 1500 cows which we slaughter every day for export.”

I requested him to show me their method of slaughter. They made us wear special suits and took us into the slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse was extremely large and had many separate sections. At the entrance, the bulls are driven to a narrow place which is sealed off so that that they cannot escape. A person stands with a hammer in his hand and he hits the bull on the head without killing it. This is done so that the bull loses consciousness and can be slaughtered with ease. It falls to the ground and within a few seconds, an automatic hook raises it up with its head upside-down. Thereafter, a person comes with a knife and he cuts the skin of the neck in order to reach the jugular vein. Then, he uses a larger knife to cut the jugular vein. After this, the blood starts flowing out abundantly until the animal dies, as if it is pouring from a faucet.

The main issue which needs to be discussed in this method of slaughter is the non-fatal blow given to the animal before the slaughter; can we use analogical reasoning (Qiyás) to apply the permissibility of hitting an animal which runs away and cannot be subdued to this blow given to the animal in slaughterhouses? Also, is it permissible to tear the skin of the neck before cutting two jugular veins, and is the slaughterer from the people of book or a pagan?

When I asked the president of the company as to how they receive the written certification that the slaughter took place according to Islamic law, he said that this is done by an Islamic Organization in Sao Paulo. Thereafter, I asked him that how this is possible when there is a distance of 1800 Kilometers between you and them?” (End Quote) (Ibid pgs. 94,95,96)

Here also, we see that there are a lot of inconsistencies which the shaikh saw, and he was not convinced that the meat was halal. Along with this, the company said that they were receiving a halal certificate from an organization that was at a far distance of 1800 km from the processing plant. Obviously, there was no one from the Islamic Organization to view or inspect the slaughtering, yet, halal certificates were being issued.

“The Denmark Meat Company

This company is in Denmark and not in Brazil. However, for benefit’s sake, I have included an article from the magazine, Al-Watan Al-Araby, which is printed in the Arabic language in the heavily Arab-populated city of Paris, France. This article has been written by an Arab who is working in Denmark and whose name is Muhammad Al-Abyadh Al-Maghriby. He works in a factory which cans meat, and he says that they write on all the meat and chickens exported to Arab countries that it was slaughtered according to Islamic law. However, he says that this is incorrect because the animals are killed by an electric current under all circumstances”. (End Quote) (Ibid pg. 98)

“To the attention of the head of the Committee

After giving a description of the method of slaughter in Brazil, I am pleased to tell you about the Islamic Center of Brazil which was established through the sacrifices of the Arab Embassies and the Muslims. Up until now, it does not have a strong influence and a permanent leader. This center built an Islamic school for the Muslims in Brazil, and within a short period of time they closed it down and handed it over to some Brazilians to start a Brazilian School – yes, a school which would be Brazilian in methodology and administration – without imposing any restrictions or conditions on them. The organization did this because of their fear of establishing any sort of presence in those matters which affect Muslims in the area. This is the same organization which has resolved to personally supervise the method of slaughter. It will be great if this truly does happen, but how is it possible for them to take the responsibility of supervising when there is a distance of hundreds of miles between it and the slaughterhouses, and when it has no employees or workers there to appoint for this purpose?

Because of this, I suggest that you obtain the names of the exporting meat companies, their addresses, and the names of the importers through the Saudi Ministry of Commerce. This will allow you to appoint some of the delegates which are sent from Saudi Arabia to Brazil for the purpose of spreading Islam to visit these exporting companies. Thereafter, they can study the feasibility of appointing a Muslim living in these cities to personally slaughter the animals or to supervise the slaughter in exchange for a wage which will suffice for his needs and allow him to free himself for this task. The company or the importer will be responsible for paying this wage. In this situation, your delegate will be able testify that the slaughter took place under his responsibility and with his knowledge, under the supervision of so-and-so whom he relied on to free himself for this task and to live near the slaughterhouse. In this way, all the efforts will be united and we will have – if Allah wills – a leadership which can be trusted upon to supervise all aspects of the slaughter.

Even the  Israeli people send special Jewish envoys to countries from which they import meat to carry out the slaughter themselves and to settle down permanently near the slaughterhouses in exchange for a wage from the importing companies. A group of them have already come to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, and other Brazilian cities for this very purpose. Similarly, there are people of Jewish origin living in Argentina for this objective, and they receive their wages from the importing companies. Allah knows best. May Allah send His special mercy upon Muhammad (S.A), his family, and all his companions (R.A).

Your student
Ahmad Salih Mahayiri
(End Quote) (Ibid pgs 98,9

From the above ‘first hand’ information given on the true reality of what takes place in many of these foreign slaughterhouses, it becomes clear to us that ‘chickens being exported to Saudi Arabia or any other Islamic Country’ does not become an evidence that these chickens are halal. In fact, magazines in Saudi Arabia published articles regarding this issue, warning the Muslims that these chickens are not Halal, even though it is labelled Halal. Let’s look at the following information:-


The magazine, Ad –Da’wat As –Sau’diyat published an article in its 676th issue on the 27th Dhul Hijjah 1398 A.H under the heading, “News regarding imported chickens.’

Whoever goes to our markets and grocery stores will definitely find a great number of imported chickens which have been slaughtered outside of our country and have only reached us long after being slaughtered. It is written on the container that the chicken have been slaughtered according to Islamic law. Can you say that this meat is lawful merely based on the certification without any inquiry or investigation? Is a Muslim not ordered to stay away from all doubtful things because of the Hadith of Rasulullah (SA) which tell us to “leave that which puts you in doubt for that which does not put you in doubt,” and the Hadith which says, “The lawful things are clear and the unlawful things are clear. Between these two lie the doubtful things, and whoever stays away from them has exercised caution for his own religiousness.”

While writing this letter, I came to know of an article published in the magazine, Al-Mujtami issue number 414 on the first of Dul-Qa’da 1398 A.H., on page 20 under the title, “The slaughter of chickens in Denmark.” This article was written by the Organization of Muslim Youth. The summary of this article is that chickens of Denmark are not slaughtered according to Islamic law and are unlawful for a Muslim to consume even if it is written on the carton that these chickens have been slaughtered according to Islamic law. It is a well-known fact that thousands of chickens are slaughtered there”. (Ibid pgs. 104,105)

While on this topic, we wish to bring to your attention to another email which many Muslims have asked about. The content of the email is as follows:-

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Assalaamu Alaikum

I have received requests from the company (name withheld) and many Muslims regarding my opinion as to whether the chicken imported by the company (name withheld) is Halaal or not.

Before I decided to give an opinion I contacted the Certifying Organization; and also the producer of the Halaal Chickens. I got the following information from both the Organizations contacted.
– Only Muslims are employed to take the name of Allah on each bird at the time of slaughtering.
–  The Certifying organization monitors the process of slaughtering on a regular basis.
– There is a separate department at the processing plant to supervise the slaughtering; and a Muslim is the supervisor.
– All the birds slaughtered at the plant are processed in the same way.

Because of the fact that all the Theological requirements are fulfilled in the process of slaughtering the chicken at this processing plant, they are all Halaal”. (End Quote)

When one looks at this email, he begins to form the opinion that all is well and good with the chickens that are imported by this company. However, a closer look at what really takes place would reveal that the method adopted for the slaughter of these chickens are not in accordance to that which is accepted as ‘Islamic Zabiha’ or Islamic slaughter.

We do not know if the writer of the above email withheld information, or he did not have information regarding the manner in which chickens are slaughtered at the respective processing plant. Nonetheless, what has been written clearly by the Islamic Certifying body is that the company does machine/mechanical slaughter. In other words at one point ‘Bismillahi Allahu ‘Akbar’ is said on the switch when it is put on the ‘on’ position, and at another point the Muslim laborers are required to stand at the beginning of each of the two lines, uttering continuously (non-stop) ‘Bismillahi Allahu Akbar’ while the birds are slaughtered by the rotating knife. We have already explained in the beginning that this is not acceptable in Islam as being halal and this type of slaughtering has been condemned by many scholars and certifying bodies. To re-inforce our position we wish to present the official fatawa of one of the greatest scholars of the Islamic world at present, who is Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani of Pakstan. He writes:-

“If a person is stationed by the rotating blade to recite the name of Allah every time the throat of a chicken is cut (I witnessed this in a slaughterhouse in Canada), then there are the following difficulties in considering the recitation of the name of Allah to be valid in Islamic law:

1. The name of Allah should be recited by the slaughterer himself, whereas the person standing by the machine does not participate in the slaughter in any way; he has neither started the machine, moved the rotating blade, or placed the chicken in front of the rotating blade. He is completely detached from the slaughter. Therefore, his recitation of the name of Allah cannot be considered as being the recitation of the slaughterer.

2. Many chickens pass through the rotating blade in the span of a few seconds. Therefore, it is not possible for the person standing to recite the name of Allah separately for each one.

3. The person standing is a human being and not an automatic machine, meaning that it is not possible for him to continuously recite the name of Allah without doing anything else. He will sometimes have to attend to his needs and thus will be distracted from reciting the name of Allah. In this period of time, many chickens will pass through the rotating blade and be slaughtered without having the name of Allah recited upon them. I personally saw in the slaughterhouse in Canada that this person would be away from his place near the machine for intervals which would sometimes extend for half an hour or more.

The rotating blade should be removed and replaced with four Muslims who take turns in cutting the throats of the chicken while reciting the name of Allah as the chickens are brought by the hooks”. (End Quote). (Legal rulings on Salaughtered Animals- Mufti Taqi Usmani pg. 78).

From this, it is clear that this sort of machine/mechanical slaughtering does not fulfill the requirements of ‘Islamic slaughtering’ and hence, cannot be deemed Halal. Mufti Taqi (the grand Mufti of Pakistan) has also declared that it does not make the chickens halal and this is the official position of the Darul Uloom.

In conclusion, we wish to say that at present, the chickens imported by KFC for their sandwiches have not been approved as being Halal by the Darul Uloom Halal Committee, although the company (KFC) has provided certification that it is Halal. These chickens are done through machine/mechanical slaughtering which have not been accepted by the DUHC. The evidence and explaination of its non-acceptance have been mentioned before.

We also wish to say that ‘the chicken on the bone’ (Original and spicy chicken) continue to be chickens that are supplied by Arawak Ltd. and are Halal. However, due to the fact that these chickens, as well as the imported ones are prepared together in the same oil, the Darul Uloom has issued the ruling that it will not be permissible to consume.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan