Why I don't eat halal meat (or any meat)

{ Saturday, April 21, 2012 }
Assalaamu aleykum,

Like Hijabman in his excellent post pointed out, too much importance is placed on the way an animal is slaughtered. But meat is not "halal" or permissible just by the way the animal is slaughtered, also by the way it's treated in life! It's not allowed to mistreat an animal in Islam, yet I never saw more abuse to animals than when I was in Egypt! Horses being whipped constantly without respite, sheep being mercilessly beaten with a stick and the list goes on! Many Muslims seems to be under the illusion that they will not be held accountable for how they mistreat an animal, but they are in for an unpleasant surprise.

"There is not an animal that lives on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but they form communities like you. Nothing have we omitted from the Book, and they all shall be gathered to their Lord in the end"(Quran 6:38).


“Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praise all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise, and Allah knows well all that they do.” (Quran 24:41)

"And the earth, He has assigned it to all living creatures" (Quran 55:10).


Now, I give a sad laugh when you tell me that I can eat meat in Egypt, just because it was slaughtered a certain way. Those animals were not treated well during their lifetime, and we humans, as guardians of the earth, have a real responsibility towards these innocent creatures. Is this how we deal with what God created? Is this how we respect Him? By beating, abusing, starving, force-feeding, and torturing the very creatures He put under our care? Do you not consider this a sin? 


Animals who are slaughtered in the halal way in the West don't have a much better fate. I once read an article of an undercover journalist who discovered that animals were beaten and abused in a so called "halal" slaughter house in the UK. I believe this occurs a lot, because a lot of Muslims have lost respect for animals, and only care about stuffing themselves after a day of fasting or being able to eat their halal hamburger. You can ignore this post, and pretend like you don't care, but know that you will be held accountable for the meat you ate during your life. And know that laziness or hardness of heart is never an excuse for anything in Islam.

It is related from Sahl ibn Al-Handhaliyya that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, once passed by a camel that was so emaciated that its back had almost reached its stomach. He said, "Fear Allah in these beasts who cannot speak." (Abu Dawud)

 It is related from AbdulRahman bin Abdullah that a group of Companions were once on a journey with the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and he left them for a while. During his absence, they saw a bird with its two young, and they took the young ones from the nest. The mother bird was circling above in the air, beating its wings in grief, when the Prophet came back. He said, "Who has hurt the feelings of this bird by taking its young? Return them to her." (Muslim)

It is related from Jabir that the Messenger of Allah, once saw a donkey which had been branded on its face and he said, "May Allah curse the one who branded it." (Muslim)

It is related from Abu Hurayra, from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, that a prostitute once saw a dog on a very hot day going round and round a well, lolling its tongue because of its thirst. She drew some water for it using her shoe, and for this action all her sins were forgiven. (Muslim)

It is related from Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "A woman was once punished after death because of a cat which she had kept confined until it died, and because of this she entered the Fire. She had neither given it food or drink while confining it, nor had she let it free to eat the creatures of the earth." (Muslim)

"Allah cursed him {Satan} for having said: 'I shall entice a number of your servants, and lead them astray, and I shall arouse in them vain desires; and I shall instruct them to slit the ears of cattle; and most certainly, I shall bid them - so that they will corrupt Allah's creation'. Indeed! He who chooses the Devil rather than Allah as his patron, ruins himself manifestly. (Qur'an 4:118, 119).



9 comments:

Bonnie said...

Salams

I have been a vegetarian for 16 years now and my children are as well, my daughter is almost militant in educating everyone about it.

I have had people tell me i'm not a Muslim because i'm a vegetarian and mostly vegan except for the odd chocolate and cheese and sooooo many prospective husbands having huge issues with it.

It says in the Quran to eat what is lawful and good, well it seems to me that most people take the lawful but ignore the good. Never mind as well that factory farming is destroying the environment, never mind the fact that world starvation would be a billion times lower if crops were grown instead of grazing land, never mind that the oceans are becoming so over fished that in a decade it will be approaching critical levels. And never mind the way that not only animals are treated but even the by products, do they think of the pain and suffering battery hen eggs have suffered.

I think many Muslims are hugely uneducated about what makes meat halal or haram.

SS said...

peace to muslims and non muslims.

why "YOU dont eat HALAL meat"?..
topic interesting....
un-islamic heading / misleading "heading"
(r u agent of enemies of islam?)

Safiyah said...

Bonnie, I agree 100% with you! If a potential husband has issues with it, it just means he's not for you, and that you deserve so much better! x

Safiyah said...

SS, please leave my blog, I'm tired of you pestering me with your insulting comments.

ireminisces said...

Walaikum asalam
Interesting read.
I eat Halal meat and vegatables

perfectly.imperfect said...

:(

This was REALLY educative and informative! It will give me something to think about for sure.

Safiyah said...

ireminisces, welcome to my blog =)

perfectly.imperfect, I'm glad it was of value to you =) Animal well-fare is definitely food for thought!

DD said...

Wonderful topic sis, and beautiful ahadeeth :)

Safiyah said...

Thanks, DD :)

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