Saturday, January 24, 2009


The most common practice found in a majority of the larger abattoirs is machine slaughter or mechanical slaughter. This is when the slaughter is carried out by a mechanical rotating blades with no Muslim slaughterman present either to perform the slaughter, or to recite the ‘Tasmiyah’ on each individual slaughter. Thousands of chickens are slaughtered in this manner daily. Again, the practice of blessing the blades, playing prerecorded bismillah or even appointing a Muslim to recite bismillah as he switches the machinery on, is common instead of reciting bismillah on each and every animal slaughtered manually. This practice is directly against the teaching of Islam and will not serve to conduct a Halal slaughter.

The following are fatwas and comments by prominent Islamic scholars regarding mechanical slaughter in Islam:

  1. Mechanical Slaughter
    Mufti Ebrahim Desai

  2. Mechanical Animal Slaughter
    Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

  3. Mechanical Slaughter
    Mufti Allah Bakhsh (urdu)

  4. Mechanical Slaughter
    Darul Iftaa, Karachi, verified by Mufti M. Taqi Usmani (urdu)

  5. Mechanical Slaughter
    Darul Iftaa, Karachi (translation of above)
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