[By Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai]
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“Verily, Allah has decreed mercy/kindness on everything. Therefore, when you kill, kill mercifully, and when you slaughter, then slaughter the animal mercifully.”
Commenting on this Hadith, the following appears in Al-Furoo’, Vol.6, page 285, as well as in other kutub of the Shariah:
“Verily, according to this Hadith, Ihsaan (mercy/ kindness) is Waajib in all circumstances even at the time of taking the life of a human being or an animal. Ibn Hazam said: The Fuqaha unanimously say: ‘Verily, mercy by the slaughterer with regard to the animal he slaughters is Waajib.”
Observance of Ihsaan (Kindness/Mercy) in the Islamic system of Thabah, is Waajib. Ihsaan is not ‘mustahab’ (optional and preferable) when slaughtering animals. Its importance could be gauged from Rasulullah’s promise of Allah’s mercy on the Day of Qiyaamah for the one who slaughtered a bird mercifully, and from the threat of the denial of Allah’s mercy to the one who had not shown mercy, and from Hadhrat Umar’s whipping a man who was sharpening the knife in the presence of the animal.
This obligatory requisite has been totally abandoned. In fact , it is impossible to observe Ihsaan in the kuffaar system of killing. Every step in the non-Muslim process of slaughtering/ murdering/torturing the animals is in conflict with Ihsaan. The chickens are subjected to cruel maltreatment from the very day they are hatched. The chickens are roughly handled, suspended upside down, many by one leg, on a conveyor belt moving swiftly while the chickens are screaming and flapping in terror until all energy is drained from them, causing them to hang motionless in their pain.
In this state of agitation, fear and terror an electrical shock is administered to subdue them. Then in this condition they move to the slaughter-pit at great speed – up to 180 chickens per minute. In this shocked state, the slaughterer slits the chicken’s throat, and in numerous cases the required four neck vessels are not slit .
Besides this improper slaughtering rendering the chickens haraam for consumption, only the chicken knows the pain it has to endure in consequence of this brutality and torture. When all the neck vessels commanded by the Shariah are not correctly severed, the pain impulses travel to the brain, defeating one of the most essential purposes of Shar’i Thabah.
The haraam ‘halaal authorities’ assert that the electrical shocking process is reversible, and their senior mufti degenerated into ludicrousness by claiming that the electrical shots produce serenity, peace and calm in the chickens. In other words, the shocks do not kill the bird, and if slaughter does not take place quickly, the effect of the shock will disappear, restoring the full senses of the bird. On the basis of this assert ion, the chicken which is improperly slaughtered, i.e. with one or two or three vessels remain uncut or only nipped, suffer immense pain as it is subjected to a death by slow-bleeding.
If a human being is sentenced to death, will his execution by the chicken-killing method be ‘humane’? Will it be a better system to execute the man by hoisting him on one leg, suspending him upside down in mid-air, administering an electrical shock to ‘calm’ and ‘sedate’ him, then move him swiftly on the conveyor belt to the slaughtering pit where a butcher will partially slit his throat in one second and immediately proceed to butcher the next man hanging on from a hook on the belt?
There is a need to suspend these haraam organization officials upside down and shock them as they brutally do to the millions of Allah’s makhlooq (creat ion). Whilst we know that this brutal treatment will not be meted out to them here on earth, they should understand that they will not escape this fate in Qiyaamah. Let them remember that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that Allah Ta’ala will reward with mercy on the Day of Qiyaamah a person who slaughtered even a bird mercifully. By the same token, these evil certifiers and approvers of haraam carrion will be hung upside down and be subjected to the horrendous torture which they have legalized for inflict ion on millions and millions of helpless creatures of Allah Ta’ala.
A ‘fatwa’ of a senior mufti of SANHA, the haraam ‘halaal’ certifying body believes that shooting a 10 cm metal bolt into the skull of a cow and smashing its brains is a ‘humane’ act. This is the belief of the capitalist kuffaar whose motive in life is only money. Brains are not required to understand the horrific brutality of this cruel act . With such corrupt ‘fatwas’, SANHA seeks to outlaw the Islamic system of Thabah. With such bizarre ‘fatwas’ which are absolutely baseless and corrupt , SANHA dismisses Rasulullah’s (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) command of Ihsaan as an order of no-significance.
According to SANHA the methods of Thabah commanded by Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) cannot be implemented in this modern age of money-making – haraam riba money-making in which the haraam ‘halaal authorities’ excel. Those who deny the Waajib command of Ihsaan and who believe that Ihsaan when slaughtering is impractical and that the divine command is redundant in this age lose their Imaan. Let them do some soul searching to understand the imperative need to repent and renew their Imaan.
If decent Muslims should see with their own eyes the horrific cruelties which SANHA has halaalized’ for perpet rat ion on the chickens, we are sure no one will consume the haraam carrion chickens which are the products of horrendous cruelty. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Mercy will not be shown to those who are not merciful.”
Maut and Jahannum, are not far away.
ANIMALS ARE SENTIENT CREATURES WITH SOULS
Like Insaan (the human being), animals too have souls. They are sentient creatures, experiencing all the physical and emotional states and condit ions of human beings. Pain, fear, grief, pleasure, etc., are common to man and animal. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has therefore commanded compassion when the need arises to slaughter an animal.
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:
“He who shows mercy even if he slaughters a bird, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Qiyaamah.”(Kanzul Ummaal)
“If you have mercy on a goat when slaughtering it, Allah will have mercy on you.” (Kanzul Ummaal)
Shaddaad Bin Aus (radhiyallahu anhu) said: “I have remembered two things from Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He said: ‘Verily, Allah has ordained Ihsaan (kindness/mercy) for everything. Therefore when you kill, kill mercifully, and when you slaughter, slaughter mercifully, and the one who slaughters should sharpen his knife and deal humanely with the animal.” – Al-Mabsoot Imaam Sarakhsi (Muslim, Ibn Majah, Nisaai’)
Hadhrat Shaddaad Bin Aus (radhiyallahu anhu) did not remember only these two commands of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). He mentioned these two acts by way of emphasis to highlight the importance of mercy when killing/slaughtering becomes necessary.
Hadhrat Ibn Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) commanded that the knife be sharpened and concealed from the animal, and that the slaughterer should make haste when slaughtering. (Ibn Majah).
Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “He who is not merciful, mercy will not be shown to him.”
The Islamic system of Thabah is the most merciful system. There is no system of killing animals which could be compared with the system of Thabah. Every act, from the beginning, to the end of the process, is condit ioned with mercy and Insaaniyat (Humanity). This essential requisite of Ihsaan (mercy/ kindness), observance of which is Waajib, is totally discarded from the kuffaar system which Muslims in this era have accepted, and which the haraam ‘halaal authorities’ have elevated above the Islamic system, and which even senior muftis have approved in direct conflict with the Command of Nabi-e-Kareem (sallallahu alayhi wasallam).
Every aspect of the Islamic system of Thabah is incumbent and non-negotiable. Not a single act of this Divine System may be compromised to accommodate Rainbow Chickens or any of the other myriad of chicken-torture facilities which SANHA has halaalized. SANHA officials should search for halaal avenues of employment for their food even if they have to cut grass and wash cars. But selling the Shariah so despicably and torturing Allah’s creatures so horrendously are totally unacceptable and haraam. The haraam ‘halaal’ certificate industry must shut down.