Questions & AnswersCategory: Meat & SeafoodDoes Islam require that the blood of the animal be drained and the animal stop any movement before it is halal?
Halal Seeker asked 3 years ago

I follow a religious practice that requires that an animal be slaughtered properly (like Jews and Muslims), however, it is VERY important that the animal is not moving AT ALL prior to it being butchered. In other words, it must be absolutely dead with no residual signs of life whatsoever. Unfortunately, because of the speed with which some kosher slaughterhouses work, the animal does not always meet this very strict definition. I was wondering if Islam requires that the blood of the animal be drained and the animal stop any movement so that is acceptable for me to eat. Thank you very much for any help that you can provide. G.V.

MALIKA HAMID replied 3 years ago

All the blood should be drained out and an animal should not show any signs of life before skinning and evisceration takes place.Processing of carcass should be done after an animal is dead.

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Moderator Staff answered 3 years ago

It order to be acceptable for Muslims, an animal is not required to be still prior to being slaughtered. Aaccording to Islamic Rites, it can be slaughtered while it is moving and it would still be halal, although doing this is undesirable.