What makes meat halal or haram?
By Faisal Amjad

And why is fish considered halal even though it is not slaughtered the same way?

Published in: Health
Date: 02 / 04 / 17

We all know what is halal and what is haram meat, right? And we may even know it's down to the way it's slaughtered, that makes it halal. But what exactly is it about this way of slaughter, that makes something halal instead of haram? And why is fish considered halal, even though it is not slaughtered in the same way? 

The answer simply is - it is the undrained blood that contaminates the meat, which makes it haram.

What a non-Muslim butchers will do is completely chop off the head as a result of which the connection between the brain and the hear is lost hence the heart stops pumping/beating almost instantaneously, therefore there is no driving force to push the blood out of the body. As a result of this the blood stagnates in the veins and arteries and contaminates the meat. Scientifically blood is one of the best culture mediums to grow bacteria. Consuming meat contaminated with blood makes humans more vulnerable to infections and joint pains. (Joint pains because of high uric acid levels in blood)

SO WHAT IS THE HALAL WAY?

Muslims do not chop off the head completely, but instead we cut the main vein (jugular vein) in the neck first. This vein contains venous blood in high pressure and it directly connects to the atrium of the heart without any interference. This method of slaughtering preserves the connection between the brain and the heart which allows neural transmissions to be delivered. This keeps the heart pumping/beating until all the blood is drained off completely from every vein and artery in the body making the meat pure and thus halal.

OK, GREAT. BUT WHAT MAKES FISH HALAL EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT SLAUGHTERED THIS WAY?

Allah SWT has created fish in such a way that the moment it is removed from water the entire blood in its body is redirected to a part called the epiglottis in its mouth which turns bright red thus indicating that the blood is drained and the meat is pure.

Faisal Amjad

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