Sunday, February 14, 2010

Freeman's Chickens UK - Halal or Haram??

Freeman's Chickens

Views: 1160988 Last Updated: 05/02/2010
Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmayullah
I would like to ask a question about the chicken available to us in Gloucester.  Many grocers and take-aways buy their chicken from Freeman's.  I understand that Freeman's  used to stun their chickens and that this meat was therefore considered to be "makrooh takrimi" due to the possibility that the animal could die due to the stun.  However, I have recently been told that Freeman's now use a "low stun voltage" which means that the chicken cannot die from the stunning.  I don't know how true this is, or whether they use it for all their chickens.   I have also recently seen new certificates for Freeman's signed by one of the halal food authorities.  Please could you advise what method Freeman's are currently using, and what the shariah view of this method is.  Jazakallah


Last Updated: 05/02/2010
We would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us all to serve His cause and render our work for His Sake. Hereunder is the response to your query subject to disclaimer: 
At the outset we would like to point out that the Foodguide cannot advise you as to what method Freeman's use for dhabah (Islaamic Slaughter) nor do we have the resources and manpower to follow through such queries (at present).
However, we are reliably informed that the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence, Batley have concluded that the chicken slaughtering regime at Freeman's is Halaal.  We would also advise that there is a similar organisation based in Leicester which refuse to certify any slaughterhouses that stun and to this end have refused to certify Freeman's.  Notwithstanding, the institute of Islamic Jurisprudence is headed by two reliable and reputable scholars viz: Mufti Yusuf Sacha and Mufti Faheem Mayaat.
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