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The mechanical slaughter process raises many major concerns from the point of view of Islamic law.  One of these concerns is with regards to the recitation of the name of Allah on the slaughtered chickens. Three of the four major schools of thought require that the name of Allah is recited at the time of slaughter. In the poultry slaughterhouses in America which implement a ‘halal’ mechanical slaughter, there are three ways in which there is a attempt to fulfill the requirement of the recitation of
Mechanical slaughter is one of the most controversial aspects of the halal slaughter process and there has been much debate between ‘zabihah’ (hand slaughtered animals) and machine slaughtered animals. The majority of ‘halal’ chickens sold in America are machine slaughtered, largely in part due to the cheaper price. The majority of halal meat stores and restaurants also use machine…
There are currently thousands of halal meat stores and restaurants in America. The vast majority of these establishments are not verified or just endorsed by a third-party Halal website. Likewise, there is currently no regulation or oversight from the government through the USDA to ensure that halal integrity is maintained and to eliminate ‘halal fraud’ and misuse of…
It happens to the best of us. . . A Muslim brother or sister walks into one of the major American Fast Food outlets and orders a vegetarian burrito, pizza, or veggie burger. He/She picks up the order, and sits down to eat. Just as they are about to take a bite from the meal, or after they…
It is a established fact that the majority of conventional meat slaughterhouses in North America use some form of stunning to subdue and immobilize the animal before the slaughter.  There are different types of stunning used for different species including turkeys, chickens, lamb, and cattle.  Most halal slaughterhouses in North America also use some form of stunning before slaughter.  Therefore, the Islamic ruling…
The Sunnah method of slaughter is to drain all of the impure blood from the body of the animal by cutting all of the vessels of the animal’s throat including the carotid artery, trachea, esophagus, and the jugular veins. The prophet (saw) said, “Eat from those animals whose blood was drained and upon whom the name of Allâh was recited. The blood can only be…

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Spanning the nation, from the Pacific Northwest to the East Coast, California to the Midwest, the Halal Advocates of America seek to play a positive and unique role in the establishment of the Halal brand in America, the advancement of its progressive certification and verification program for businesses wanting to do “Halal right”, and bringing about a robust chapter-model for the community to educate itself through.

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