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I have been in USA one month, I am from Libya, and as you know as I as Mouslim I can not eat any kind of meat, ecept Halal meat, as you know too the grosaries here don't sell Halal meat,.... PDF Print E-mail

Q: 32 – Title: I have been in USA one month, I am from Libya, and as you know as I as Muslim I can not eat any kind of meat, ecept Halal meat, as you know too the grosaries here don't sell Halal meat,....

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I have been in USA one month, I am from Libya, and as you know as I as Muslim I can not eat any kind of meat, except Halal meat, as you know too the grosaries here don't  sell Halal meat, so some one said that to me you can eat UN-Halal meat just you have to mention the name of ALLAH, my question

is : Is that true or not ????? please respond to me as soos as possible.

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful


Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

It is not permissible to eat the meat of animals slaughtered by non-muslims, for the simple reason that they do not take the name of Allah at the time of slaughter. Allah Ta’ala says:

ولا تأكلوا مما لم يذكر اسم الله عليه وانه لفسق

And do not eat from that (meat) which the name of Allah was not recited upon and undoubtedly, it (to eat this meat) is a sin.

(Surah.6 verse.121)

It is not correct to simply recite the name of Allah on anything Haraam and consume it.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu Alaykum

Ml. Rayhaan Docrat

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

 

 
Alhamdollilah we take care of eating halal here. when we came here we heard abouhe chemicals mono and diglycerides. PDF Print E-mail

Q: 31 – Title: Alhamdollilah we take care of eating halal here. when we came here we heard about the chemicals mono and

diglycerides.

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Alhamdollilah we take care of eating halal here. when we came here we heard abouhe chemicals mono and diglycerides.( these r the fat)it is a practice here that dont eat anything which consists of these chemical problem is that most of the things including roti bread cakes chips yoghurt cheese and any kind of snacks have these ingregients. we have litsened mufti taqi usmanis bayan in which he said ghost awwal haram ha aur doosri things awwal halal jab tak ke tehqiq na ho. confusion is this should we read the ingridients before eating as people has already informed us or dont read and eat. some people said that these chemical are processed so we can eat. please we will be highly apreciate u if study this matter and give us ur fatwa.jazak Allah.

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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

The ingredients mentioned, namely mono and diglycerides, can be of either animal or non-animal sources. If these ingredients are sourced from animals, then such ingredients will generally be impermissible to consume unless the animal was slaughtered according to Shari‘a requisites. If the ingredients are sourced from vegetable or other non-animal sources then such ingredients will be permissible to consume. We would suggest that you read the ingredient list of any product before purchasing to ensure that there are no haram ingredients in the product. Merely being ignorant of the ingredients, whether unintentionally or willfully, will not render a haram ingredient halal. At times, the ingredient list will mention if the mono and diglycerides are from vegetable sources etc. If its source were not mentioned, we would recommend calling the company and researching the source of the ingredient before consuming it. Abstaining from haram food is one of the utmost important facets in the life of a Muslim and there are great spiritual side effects that emanate from eating har?m foods; therefore, great care and precaution should be taken to eat only halal foods. It would be better if an ‘Ulam? board or organization could provide the service of researching the various companies to verify whether their ingredients are hal?l or not. Until then, you will have to research the ingredients independently.

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Yusuf bin Yaqub,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

 

 
fatwa is self-contradictory. In the same fatwa you said that stunning is 'cruelty' then in almost the same breath you offer advise on how to manipulate the stunner. I think that neither your student nor you had applied your minds to the reality of the cru PDF Print E-mail

Q: 29 – Title: Your fatwa is self-contradictory. In the same fatwa you said that stunning is 'cruelty' then in almost the same breath you offer advise on how to manipulate the stunner. I think that neither your student nor you had applied your minds to the reality of the cruel slaughtering system in the broiler-chickens plants.

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ASSALAAMUALAIKUM
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Ifta  Madrasah In'aamiyah  Camperdown

Dear Mufti Saab,

I read a fatwa on stunning  issued by one of your students Ml.Ehzaz Ajmeri, and endorsed by you. In the fatwa it is mentioned : "special care should be taken that the voltage of the stunner is not set too high as this leads to the death of the animal  before slaughtering it.Also , the people inspecting the animals should be trained to identify a dead animal from the line so it may be removed from being slaughtered."

I am surprised and shocked by this statement. You have in fact approved the cruel act of stunning the animal before slaughtering although inflicting any injury before slaughtering is not permissible. Hazrat Umar had whipped a man whi was only sharpening his knife in front of a goat, but you approve of stunning , hence you speak of setting the voltage. You furthermore advise training courses for men to become experts at identifying dead chickens on the conveyor line. Injuring an animal before slaughtering it is a rare exception such as sa bull gone mad or wild and running away. But your advice implies acceptance of a cruel  system which islam does not allow. Why should men be trained to identify 'dead' animals when there can be no dead animals in an islamic slaughter system . You are a mufti who is supposed to uphold the shariat, not condone the cruel barbaric ways of the kuffaar.

Your fatwa is self-contradictory. In the same fatwa you said that stunning is 'cruelty' then in almost the same breath you offer advise on how to manipulate the stunner. I think that neither your student nor you had applied your minds to the reality of the cruel slaughtering system in the broiler-chickens plants. You had answered the question without taking to account the backdrop of the cruelty taking place in the chicken plants where tens of millions of defenceless birds are horrifically put to death. I think a mufti should be far sighted  and not
blurt out anything nor speak with a forked tongue nor sit on the fence. To me it appears your fatwa is meant to woo both camps--those who condone and those who are opposed to it.

The question of the animals, viz. the 'poor' chickens, being 'wild'  and 'difficult to slaughter' simply does apply in our context. The question was not asked in relation to perhaps a bull gone mad or a bull running wild in the camperdown madrassah. Another fact which you have overlooked is that if a bull goes mad and bolts, there is no question of getting the stunner to him and coolly shocking him. The electrical stunner is used on chickens and animals that are ALL under control -- shackeled , tied and encased as bulls are in a metal box, then dropped over. I don't understand how You imagined stunning a wild uncontrollable animal. Such an animal will have to be shot, tranquillized, etc., but definately cannot be held by its horns and brought to the stunner.

I hope that mufti saab will reconsider the fatwa and not feel small if you have to revoke it. In my opinion you should have simply said that stunning is haraam.

Was-salaam

Answer

Disclaimer:

This answer is in general context and not specific to any processing plant.

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

Jazakallah for your email.

At the outset, we wish to point out that there is no need for us to woo anyone in issuing a fatwa. We are driven by our consciousness in Allah and Shari’a. To woo anyone while issuing a fatwa is using the Shari’a for self respect which is khiyanat and not permissible. All?h protect us from using His Shari’a to suit our nafs and desires. All?h knows the condition of the hearts. We make du’a that Allah grant us Ikhlas to present Din with sincerity and honesty, Amin.

Hereunder is our considered opinion regarding of chickens only.

Stunning is indeed cruelty to animals and hence not permissible. It inflicts pain to the chickens. Dr. Schalz and Dr.  Hazim of the Veterinary School in Hannover, Germany conducted a comparative study between traditional slaughter and conventional slaughter and recorded the EEG (electro encephalograph) and ECG (electro cardiograph) of both methods of slaughter and concluded that in the conventional method the EEG and ECG recorded immense pain in the brain of the animal. In stark contrast to the conventional method, the EEG and ECG of the traditional method recorded no pain upon incision. Thereafter upon 3 seconds of the incision, the EEG and ECG recorded the animal to be in deep sleep and unconscious with no record of pain in the brain. Upon 6 seconds of the incision, the EEG and ECG recorded zero.

In the view of the above, it becomes more clear that stunning is a cruelty to chickens. Nobody can deny that. We should endeavor to change the system. The stunned chickens are the creation of All?h and deserve our kindness in dealing with them. We will be held accountable in the court of Allah for oppressing these poor chickens. Supporting an oppressive system is party to the oppression. Alhamdulillah in UK, stunned-free slaughtered chickens are available. We too should make an effort to produce such a system.

The other issue is the Shari’a position of the slaughtered chickens through the stunning procedure. If the chicken is alive after being stunned and slaughtered, one cannot regard the slaughtered animal to be har?m, in spite of the impermissible practice of stunning.

While we do condemn the practice of stunning, from a practical point of view, we are aware that many Muslims do consume such chickens. We should discourage people from supporting the oppressive system and also do whatever is possible within our means to save those that incorrectly support the system from eating haram. It is in that regard, we advised that the voltage of the stunner should be controlled. This should not be interpreted as our approval of the oppressive system. It is mere damage control method from consuming haram.

Merely condemning a procedure is not sufficient; we should exert our energies in creating a practical stunning-free alternative facility for the Muslim public. We live in a society where people expect the ‘Ulama to do everything; declare something halal and haram and also create the alternative.

It is sincere people like you who could now use your energies to create the alternative. Then there would be no need for the public to enquire about the stunning system.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu Alaykum

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

 

 
I am inuk in uk for qurbani cow is around £6oo and indiia cow is for£60 can i do qurbni anywhere in the world PDF Print E-mail

Q: 30 – Title: I am inuk in uk for qurbani cow is around £600 and indiia cow is for £60 can i do qurbni anywhere in the world

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I am inuk in uk for qurbani cow is around  £6oo and indiia cow is for £60 can i do qurbni anywhere in the world

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

It is mustahab (preferable) for the one doing qurbani to sacrifice the animal with his own hands. If one is unable to do so, he should try and be present at the place where the sacrifice is being done.

It is mentioned in Hadith that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to Fatimah (RadiyAllahu Anha),"Be present in the place where your qurbani is done, for your past sins will be forgiven with each drop of blood of qurbani."

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) then clarified that this ruling is for all Muslims, not just the people of his household.

It is also mustahab for one to eat some from the qurbani meat and to have some of the meat as the first meal on the day of Eid if possible.

One may have an animal slaughtered elsewhere on his behalf as well if he is unable to make qurbani himself.

Therefore, although the price of a cow is more expensive in the than it is in as you have stated in your query, one should make an all-out effort to try and make qurbani himself or at least be present at the place of sacrifice. In this way, one will benefit by gaining the full above mentioned reward InshaAllah.

If one is unable to do so, then it will be permissible to send money for an animal in and have it slaughtered on your behalf.

قال رحمه الله : ( وندب أن يذبح بيده إن علم ذلك ) ؛ لأن الأولى في القرب أن يتولاها الإنسان بنفسه ، وإن أمر به غيره فلا يضر ؛ لأنه عليه الصلاة والسلام { ساق مائة بدنة فنحر منها بيده نيفا وستين ثم أعطى المدية عليا فنحر الباقي } ، وإن كان لا يحسن ذلك فالأفضل أن يستعين بغيره كي لا يجعلها ميتة ، ولكن ينبغي له أن يشهدها بنفسه { لقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم لفاطمة قومي فاشهدي أضحيتك فإنه يغفر لك بأول قطرة من دمها كل ذنب } .

(Tabyeen al-Haqaaiq, 6/487, Ilmiyya)

(Fatawa Rahimiyya, 10/28, Darul Isha'at)

(Bahshti Zewar, 1/315-316, Zam Zam Publishers)

And Allah knows best

Wassalam

Ml. Asif Umar,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

 

 
If a pack of noodles says "beef flavor" in the ingredients, do we assume its artificial? Usually, if it is real beef, the ingredients would say "beef extract." So could we eat the noodles if it only says "beef flavor."? PDF Print E-mail

Q: 28 – Title: If a pack of noodles says "beef flavor" in the ingredients, do we assume its artificial? Usually, if it is real beef, the ingredients would say "beef extract." So could we eat the noodles if it only says "beef flavor."?

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If a pack of noodles says "beef flavor" in the ingredients, do we assume its artificial? Usually, if it is real beef, the ingredients would say "beef extract." So could we eat the noodles if it only says "beef flavor."?

Answer

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

In issues of halal and haram, one should exercise extreme precaution. One should not act on assumption. We advice you get clarity on the issue from the company directly.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

Wassalamu Alaykum

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In'aamiyyah

 

 
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