Muslims slaughter the animal in a ruthless
manner by torturing it and slowly and
painfully killing it?
"ISLAMIC METHOD OF
SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS APPEARS RUTHLESS".
The Islamic method of slaughtering animals, known as Zabiha
has been the object of much criticism from a large number of people.
Before I reply to the question, let me relate an incidence
about a discussion between a Sikh and a Muslim regarding animal slaughter.
Once a Sikh asked a Muslim, "Why do you slaughter the
animal painfully by cutting the throat instead of the way we do with one
stroke i.e. jhatka?" The Muslim replied "We are brave and courageous and
attack from the front. We are marad ka baccha (macho men), you are cowards
and attack from behind".
Jokes apart, one may consider the following points, which
prove that the Zabiha method is not only humane but also scientifically
1. Islamic method
of slaughtering animal
Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to
purify). Its infinitive is Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic
mode of slaughtering an animal requires the following conditions to be
a. Animal should be slaughtered with sharp object (knife)
The animal has to be
slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast way so that the pain
of slaughter is minimised.
b. Cut wind pipe, throat and vessels of neck
Zabiha is an Arabic
word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is to be done by
cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the
animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.
c. Blood should be drained
The blood has to be
drained completely before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out
most of the blood which would serve as a good culture medium for micro
organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut because the nerve fibres to the
heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest,
stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.
2. Blood is
a good medium for germs and bacteria
Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc.
Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the
blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of
several diseases are eliminated.
remains fresh for a longer time
Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer
time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods
does not feel pain
The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the
flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the
animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhers,
shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and
relaxation of the muscles defecient in blood and due to the flow of blood
out of the body.