It is estimated that under 6% of the UK population are of the Muslim faith, yet this minority frequently have the majority of the UK population quaking in their boots. Sometimes this ‘quaking’ manifests itself in the form of anger while at other times it appears as fear. The most contentious issue is ‘Halal’.
What is Halal?
In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines, which are taken from the Qu’ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:
• pork or pork by products
• animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
• animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
• blood and blood by products
• carnivorous animals
• birds of prey
• land animals without external ears
Prohibited foods and ingredients are called haram, which means forbidden in Arabic.
Throughout the World Muslims must follow a strict code based on religious guidelines when slaughtering animals for meat consumption. The arabic word for these guidelines is; zabihah and they apply to halal slaughterhouses as well as to the killing of single animals at home.
The zabihah slaughter itself must be performed by a physically able Muslim on a healthy animal which is permissible to eat. The slaughter-man must say”Bismillah” (in the name of God) and “Allahu akbar” (God is the Greatest), before making a quick, single incision to the throat of the animal. Blood rapidly drains from the animals jugular and only when the blood has fully drained is the animal hoisted for skinning and butchering.
Although the zabihah forbids suffering to the animals during the slaughter process there has been a lot of contradiction and criticism of the method used. Film has been released on the internet of animals awaiting slaughter inside Muslim slaughter houses that are in obvious distress. In apparent contradiction of the zabihah the beasts have their throats cut and are then whisked away on a high-level conveyor, some still twitching, while the blood drains from their bodies. The concern here is, they are not supposed to be hoisted until they have been exsanguinated. Also, when viewed on the internet, no incantation of the words Bismillah or Allahu Akbar could be heard prior to each throat cutting. That is not to say it did not happen but it was not apparent.
However, the biggest concern of all is that the UK is being deliberately allowed to be slowly Islamised. Supermarkets, Tesco being a prime example, only sell halal meat in the fresh meat sections of their stores. When tackled about this a spokesperson said that all meat is clearly labelled as non halal that has not gone through the “zabihah” process of slaughter. Now surely they have this the wrong way around. They are a British company operating in a Christian country – Great Britain! The labels should be on halal meat and not the other war around.
We now hear that SubWay have stopped using bacon and ham in over 200 outlets as it offends Muslims. Again, why? At the risk of sounding like a broken record; the UK is a Christian country with a way of life and Laws based on Christian values, was any thought given to the fact that taking this produce off the shelves might offend Christians? Now I know that it isn’t fashionable to spout Christian values or a Christian way of life through fear of being labelled as some sort of zealot but as an atheist I feel that I can do so. ‘Call Me Dave’ might want to embrace other cultures and religion into this country but we shouldn’t have to embrace them to the extent that they come before our own MAJORITY religion! I am neither xenophobic, homophobic or racist but a line has to be drawn. Already Sharia Law is to be enshrined into the British legal system. Equality campaigner Baroness Cox said the Law Society document ‘violates everything we stand for’.
I have to agree with her on that.
Not only have our self-serving politicians given away our Laws and dignity to the EU they have now totally disgraced themselves by giving our souls to Islam!