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My contributions to this article, for the most part, are now incorporated into it. Please help improve it if possibleStarwarp2k2 05:24, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

why are there three articles describing muslim food[edit]

why cant we club halal and dhabiha and all into one article to describe muslim eating practices. why three different articles. nids 18:40, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

My opinion: Because halal is anything permissible as per Islam, and dhabiha is the process of slaughtering animals as per Islamic tradition. I don't think these two articles should be merged. Also, for a parallel, look at the the conceptually equivalent Jewish "Kashrut" and "Shechita". And what is the third article?Starwarp2k2 21:20, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

third one is the Islamic dietary laws. nids 21:28, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

I think the Islamic Dietary Laws page is rather unnecessary. Any information it has which Halal/Dhabiha pages don't have should be moved to the appropriate page, and I think in the end it should be deleted.Starwarp2k2 01:52, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

What is the "Mechanical slaughtering" section trying to say?[edit]

To me, this section is highly confusing and ambiguous. What is the importance of this section? Is it saying that the mechanical process is better, since it absolves the blame of the slaughterer? Or is it forbidden according to Islam?

The whole section is poorly structured and therefore loses its meaning. I would correct it myself, but I am unsure what the importance of the section is and do not understand the laws of Islam. I'm tempted to delete it outright to be blunt. 13:43, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

Not a strong argument[edit]

I agree with the above poster's comment on the abiguity (and poor sentence structure) of the section. Also, I do not see how the involvement of motors and electricity removes the intent of the butcher in the process of slaughtering the animal.

The given argument is similar to a man shooting another man. It's like saying that since the man pulls the trigger, which causes the hammer to strike the bullet, which in turns ignites the gunpowder in the bullet, which finally causes an explosion that propels the bullet out of the chamber, it is evident that the shooter is not directly linked with killing the other man.

I can understand an argument that the use of a machine perhaps decreases the personal effort the butcher may place in slaughtering the animal, but unless you can prove that the machine chooses to hunt down a cow, place it within itself, and automatically slaughters the cow, it's evident that a person is directly linked to the slaughter.

The first line of the paragraph states that the slaughter must be performed directly as a result of the butcher's physical strength. I assume that what the whole paragraph is trying to say is that in mechanical slaughter, the butcher is not using his physical strength to do the killing. Hence, mechanical slaughter is not acceptable.-- 23:22, 17 November 2006 (UTC)
What if he charged the machine up with his own strength? --Kurtle (talk) 11:43, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

Christian Methods of Slaughter[edit]

The article currently says "Many Muslims conclude that the Christian method of slaughtering of the present age are lacking in Islamic methods and contradict Muslim belief, thus making their meat haraam."

If that makes any sense to you then please can you re-write it so that everyone can understand. As far as I was aware there was no Christian method of slaughtering... Even if there were then by definition, it would be a Christian method of slaughter and not halal. Please can someone who knows what this paragraph was supposed to mean go back and edit it (or remove it entirely) (talk) 08:49, 28 May 2008 (UTC)


My understanding of the controversy regarding stunning was that it often kills the animal, or would have killed the animal eventually if it wasn't slaughtered. 21:58, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Article Name[edit]

The name of the article should be changed to "Zabihah" or "Zabiha", these are the more common spellings of the word. Otherwise it is hard to search. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:33, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Oops, I changed it back to Dh before I noticed your comment. I changed it because that's the standard Wikipedia transliteration according to Wikipedia: Manual of Style (Arabic). It's not a policy yet, but it seems pretty standard. Zabihah already directs here so I really don't think that's a big problem. Eatcacti (talk) 04:51, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
It's not a huge problem, but I know I was confused by the redirect from Zabiha with no further mention of that spelling. I added it at the top just for clarification, so it's obvious that Zabiha and Dhabihah are the exact same thing. --Grahamdubya (talk) 16:26, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

As dhabh is, in fact pronounced Zabh with a z as in zoo, it does help to know this from an easy simple straightforward pronunciation guide in addition to the scholarly transliteration system. RPSM (talk) 19:16, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

It is a widely-held belief in the Jewish community that Dhabiha halal is not equivalent to being kosher, because among other things kashrut requires that meat must be slaughtered by a Jew.

Not a belief at all. Meat is either kosher or treif according to Jewish law. This should be apparent from the article Shehitah. No need for repetition here. RPSM (talk) 12:51, 15 March 2008 (UTC)

Stunning frowned upon but allowed?[edit]

According to this (from Chambers and Grandin 2001, Guidelines for Humane Handling, Transport and Slaughter of Livestock), "Many Muslim authorities permit electric stunning... because the animals subjected to this stunning method would recover if no bleeding was carried out". So stunning is technically allowed as long as the animal is not killed by the stunning? --Dodo bird (talk) 13:01, 14 April 2008 (UTC) Bold text

Stunning is allowed by some muslim authorities under certain circumstances, not by others. RPSM (talk) 17:04, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Blood elimination[edit]

The elimination of blood from the carcass is considered essential for religious purity. However, simply allowing blood to drain from the living animal does not eliminate all traces of blood. Blood droplets, both visible and microscopic, may remain in the vascular system. As a result the the meat, if being honest to Allah, remains religiously unacceptable for muslim consumption. A muslim can get around this problem either by becoming a vegetarian or vegan, or by flushing fresh water through the blood vessels after the death of the animal. Flumstead (talk) 13:54, 24 March 2010 (UTC)


This word appears in the article with no further explanation, nor a link to an explanatory page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:04, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

immediate brain death?[edit]

Cutting the jugular, esophagus, and trachea does NOT result in immediate brain death - there will be at least some time between the injury and the exhaustion of available oxygen, during which the animal would feel the injury... —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:54, 27 June 2010 (UTC) Sources? RPSM (talk) 17:00, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

I second this, it certainly wouldn't be immediate, but the knife has to be sharp so the incision is swift and thin, striking very little nerves in the process.Judicier (talk) 14:32, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

"No scientific evidence" that the animals feel pain[edit]

In several places in the article, it says that there is no scientific evidence that the animals feel pain. Yet there are two paragraphs that describe precisely this kind of evidence. I think those sentences should be removed. You may as well claim that there is no scientific evidence that the animals don't feel any pain (which would be equally dubious as there are citations to such studies as well.) It would be more NPOV to say that the evidence is inconclusive. Benzocaine (talk) 20:28, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

In addition, these animals [1] (remove link if inappropriate) show clear evidence of agony - pain or not. If a direct link is not allowed according to Wikipedia rules, go to Youtube and search for "Meet your Meat, the Barbarity of Halal Slaugter". I'm open to change my mind if anyone can show halal slaughtered animals that don't appear to be in agonizing pain. Benzocaine (talk) 20:31, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Lots of scientific research on this from 1880 onwards. But scientific research is clouded by politics and racism. You can usually tell if the information is racist by the key words "barbarity" and "civilized". It is inevitably white colonialists who are "civilized" and want to "civilize" the people who have darker hair and skins. So the debates have run since 1850 RPSM (talk) 17:08, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

To the above...Racism...yeaaaaaah. First off Islam is not a race, its a religion. Secondly there are White people who are Muslim and they follow this cruel practice for killing animals aswell. Your whole argument fails. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 06:41, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes, "heaven" forbid anyone suggest torture is uncivilised and "barbaric". --Kurtle (talk) 11:40, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

To Benzocaine: Muscle spasms does not imply pain or agony. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:14, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

"St. Paulists"[edit]

Some Muslims also consider it acceptable to eat the meat slaughtered by "People of the Book" (Arabic: Ahl al-Kitāb, i.e,Jews and Christians(not St. Paulists) ‎‎) as stated in Surah Al-Maa’idah, Ayat 5.

What are "St. Paulists"? The linked article does not mention St. Paul.

The reference was added sometime between October 2010 and February 2011.

--Lpetrazickis (talk) 18:59, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

It was most likely a vandal. --SomeDudeWithAUserName (talk with me!) 00:03, 17 March 2011 (UTC)


I would like to complain about the section Islamic Slaughtering, it has ONE citation and says dubious(2 times) and citation needed(1 time) 3 times. We need to fix it. Thanks :) --SomeDudeWithAUserName (talk with me!) 00:01, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Halal and Kosher[edit]

Tiny question. Could meat conceivably be both halal and kosher? I mean, technically? I have not found a reason yet, why it couldn't. Iago212 16:35, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

Resolved, kinda... Talk:Shechita#Halal_and_Kosher Iago212 15:48, 4 January 2012 (UTC)


That picture of a supposedly slaughtered animal in Egypt in 1926 seems quite irrelevant. It's just a picture of a dead animal, and it could be dead due to any cause. Since the article talks about the -method- of slaughtering, a picture or better yet, a diagram showing -how- dhabihah is carried out is more relevant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:45, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

It is known to be an image of a ritual slaughter. The animal is on the ground, pooled in blood that has come from the neck as a man stands in the background with a knife. I am not sure what is lacking? (talk) 10:49, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

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