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Consuming beef, goat, etc.

Fatwaa ID: 1668

Question:
Assalamualaikum,

When consuming meat such as beef, goat, or lamb, do we have to look out for whether it is handslaugtered or not? Is it enough to know that it is halal?

Jazakallahu khairan

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Unfortunately, the world around us always pushes for that which is contrary to Islamic values. It is important that we open our eyes and realize this. This is not a conspiracy. Life as a Muslim will only get harder. Nabi ﷺ prophecised this. Living as a Muslim will be like holding on to burning coals. Sadly, many Muslims give in. This then affects our spirituality and strength.

Just as we start to understand and accept the fact that chicken in most places is mechanically slaughtered and thus haraam, we now have an issue with the beef, goats and lambs. Many abattoirs have started opting for a European cut, also known as the vertical cut, instead of a horizontal slaughter. It is necessary that at least three of the four vessels are severed for an animal to be halaal. This requirement is not fulfilled in a vertical cut, thereby rendering the animal haraam. As such, it is important to ensure that the meat we purchase or eat is certified or verified by reputable boards.

As always, you will find boards and individuals who are ignorant, mistaken or simply sell outs. They will certify anything and everything. It is a dirty market for sure. There is no regulator or enforcer. Stay away from such dubious certifiers. They are easy to get and you will find them throughout. Ensure that you opt for something which is trustable. If you cannot find reliable certifications, then avoid that which is doubtful.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

02/06/1445 AH – 08/23/2023 CE | AML1-8216

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


https://www.hfsaa.org/the-vertical-cut-slaughter-method/

https://www.amjaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2012-10-vertical.pdf

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