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Dhabiha, the act of lawful animal slaughter

October 7, 2017
Slaughtered and processed in accordance with Islamic Sharia Principles

While browsing through the meat section of a local grocery, I noticed a print on the package of a chicken breast fillet: Slaughtered and processed in accordance with Islamic sharia principles. Sometimes, the print can be as straightforward as “Slaughtered by hand with a sharp knife as per Islamic rites.”

Curious as to what the note could have probably meant, I consulted the ever reliable Google for explanations. This is what I found.

Dhabihah (Dhabīḥah or Zabiha) is, in Islamic law, the prescribed method of ritual slaughter of all animals excluding camels, locusts, fish and most sea-life. This method of slaughtering animals consists of a swift, deep incision with a sharp knife on the neck, cutting the jugular veins and carotid arteries of both sides but leaving the spinal cord intact. It must be done with respect and compassion; avoiding as much as possible any animal pain or discomfort.

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  • Tyra Skinner

    Nice to get more information about what halal meat is. Of course when you travel you hear bits and pieces of what it means, but I didn’t know it was part of a sacred practice. I would say that Halal meat tastes much better.

  • FarsicknessTraveler

    This was really interesting. I didn’t know that some packaging said that

  • Helene Choo

    Thanks, this was really informative! It’s similar to what kosher means, isn’t it (forgive my religious ignorance…)?

  • Neha T

    Ok I heard about Halal Meat a lot many times , now I know the details .

  • Alexi R

    I’m aware of this since I’m also expose with muslim people in the country where I’m residing, most of them are form Morroco and they do have their own community here, they always inform us about the details and information of their culture and traditions. Good to know that you cover this too its’s very helpful for those who are unaware.

  • I have heard about this a lot. It’s nice to gain an insight into the meaning of it.

  • Silver Surfer

    In London, Halal prepared food is everywhere now. It was interesting to find out that the butcher has to call Bismillah after every animal is slaughtered. Makes for a long process.

  • An insightful post, thanks for sharing

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