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Muslim ritual slaughter (dhakât)

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Synthesis based on the book Le Marché du Halal, entre références religieuses & contraintes industrielles, Mostafa Brahimi & Fethallah Otmani.[1]   When slaughtering animals it is the context, which determines the method of slaughter: it can be carried out when an animal is under control, or on the contrary when it is free from restraint,…

Lawful and unlawful animals (Part two)

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  Extract from the book Le Marché du Halal, entre références religieuses & contraintes industrielles, Mostafa Brahimi & Fethallah Otmani.[1]   Aquatic animals Essentially, the consumption of all aquatic animals is legal. The following verse states: “Lawful to you is the game of the sea (sayduhu), and its food (ta’amuhu) » [Qu’ran 5/96] Ibn ‘Abbas explains…

Lawful and unlawful animals (Part one)

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Extract from the book Le Marché du Halal, entre références religieuses & contraintes industrielles, Mostafa Brahimi & Fethallah Otmani.[1]   For animal-based food, the general rule is unlawfulness (haram), unless the Texts clearly state the opposite. We can classify animal species by the following categories: – Land animals: herbivores (sheep, cattle, etc.), carnivores (felines, etc.)….

Use of fat, skin and other elements derived from unlawful or non-ritually slaughtered animals

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Extract from the book Le Marché du Halal, entre références religieuses & contraintes industrielles, Mostafa Brahimi & Fethallah Otmani.[1] Islam requires that animals that are considered lawful for consumption (sheep, cattle, goats, camels in particular) must be bled out, in the sense that their death must result from bleeding, rather than from electric shocks, head…

Towards a ban on ritual slaughter in France?

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Interview with Fethallah Otmani, Managing Director of AVS No current legislation at a European level deals exclusively with ritual slaughter or stunning. Instead these issues are addressed in Council Regulation (EC) 1099/2009[1] of 24 September 2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing. Regulation 1099/2009, which came into force in January 2013, reinforces…

Are processed animal-based products lawful?

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Extract from the book Le Marché du Halal, entre références religieuses & contraintes industrielles, Mostafa Brahimi & Fethallah Otmani.[1]   Today, more and more foodstuffs (cheeses, sweets, medicines, etc.) are being made with animal-based products. Muslims scholars, both past and present, have issued a number of opinions on products such as cheese (because of animal…

Our conception of Halal (first part)

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When Industrialisation and overconsumption empty the concept of Halal “If the son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would want to have two valleys.” (Al-Bukhari) “Richness is not in the quantity of possessions (that one has); rather, true richness is the richness of one’s self (or contentment).” (Al-Bukhari)   The threats to the…

Naturally halal

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  “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for the son of Adam are a few morsels to keep his back straight. But if he cannot bear that, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” This hadith by our beloved Prophet,…

Halal and organic?

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  Various surveys and reports on the halal business have concluded that more often than not Muslims in France and other European countries eat meat of poor quality. Further the provenance and even permissibility of the meat from a religious standpoint is suspect. It is precisely to combat this negligence that our organisation was created…

Food education

The increasing number of diseases related to our diets, such as obesity, is a further evidence, which highlights a real problem with our food education. In fact, food education should cover many aspects of our consumption to be exhaustive which makes the task even more complex. When it comes to meat, education should include a…