Yep I am jumping on the bandwagon…and adding my two cents worth.
Everywhere I turn I see tweets and posts on FB about this. Luckily so far I haven’t noticed any ignorant comments from people I know. But seeing some of the comments on news articles just shows that people really don’t know what they are actually talking about.
Usually when I start seeing Islam bashing, I crack open the popcorn (can’t really crack open a bottle of wine), put my feet up and watch the drama unfold. Sometimes it is downright hilarious, sometimes sad, and sometimes totally shocking.
This time I thought I would write a blog post. (In all honesty, I was running short of things to blog about!)
So what has caused the big hoo haa this time….apparently Subway has decided to make some of it’s stores halal. And then it emerged Pizza Express’s chicken is halal. But apparently that has been halal for a while……but it has all kicked off now. I am surprised KFC hasn’t been dragged into this as some of it’s branches are halal too.
Please note the word SOME.
It makes business sense for them to make particular branches halal where the majority of community are Muslim. More money for them.
I doubt they are doing it to pander to the whims of the Muslims or because sharia law is creeping into the country. It makes sense to them…they are seeing the pound signs!
So those who are screaming and shouting about it are initially shouting about it because they believe Muslims are taking over the UK. Okaaay…we are taking over the world by making eating establishments halal……. I doubt making a Subway halal is the top of anyone’s list.
Then comes the issue of the method of killing.
In Islam there are strict guidelines to the way an animal must be slaughtered:
- The animal must have it’s throat cut – this has to be a swift incision to the throat using a razor sharp blade.
- The animal must be cared for before being slaughtered; given clean water to drink and checked that it is healthy.
- The animal must never see another animal before it being salughtered.
- The animal must never see the blade being used to slaughter it.
- When being slaughtered the animal must be turned to face Mecca and the name of Allah is spoken before the throat is cut.
- All blood must be drained out of the body.
The problem a lot of people have is with the slitting of the throat. But if people did their research first before kicking off they would realise that the animals are actually stunned for the meat being used in most of these restaurants.
There are two governing bodies when it comes to halal meat (Not sure if governing bodies is the right term here!)
HMC and HFA.
In brief, the HMC, Halal Monitoring Commitee, stand by the traditional method of slaughtering as they say that with stunning, an animal can die before the ritual slaughter. Therefore the meat would not be halal. However, the HFA, Halal Food Authority, allow stunning before the slaughter. A lot of Muslims won’t eat HFA meat anyway as they don’t feel it is halal due to the stunning.
It seems that a lot of the places are using HFA meat, therefore it has been stunned. So what is the problem?
It is OK to go and have a curry and kebab at the local Muslim takeaway but if Subway decide they want to make some branches halal, then people suddenly don’t like the way the animals are slaughtered?