Eating meat slaughtered by Jews and Christians

Question:

AssalamualaikumWrWb

What is the ruling for the zabiha of Ahle-Kitaab (kosher, etc.) as well the safe route (محطاط طریقہ عمل) for consumption of such products? Please let me know in depth and with the hawalajat.

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

Wa alaikum salam 
 
As Muslims living in the west, it is imperative that we are aware of the foods that we consume. It is truly unfortunate how careless Muslims have become in regards to matters of halaland haram. In regards to the meat slaughtered by Christians and Jews, many will claim that it is permissible to consume such meat. Their basis of saying this is the Quranic Verse

و طعام الذین اوتوا الکتاب حل لکم

"And the food of the people of the book is lawful for you."

It is important to note that the majority of scholars have understood the meaning of this verse to be restricted in its application. Also, they unanimously agree that foods, such as swine meat, do not fall under the meaning of the verse even though it is (technically considered food of the people of the book) consumed by many Christians. The Scholars of Islam have deduced, through many Ahadith, that the conditions of slaughtering are not specific to Muslims only. Rather, Christians and Jews must abide by those same conditions as well. Namely, the name of Allah must be recited upon the animal being slaughtered and at least three of the four vessels must also be severed.

Keeping the above mentioned details in mind, it becomes evident that the current slaughtering methods prevalent amongst Christian and Jews today do not comply with Shari'ah and the resulting meat from such slaughtering will be impermissible to consume. In reference to kosher specifically, it has been established through numerous reliable sources that their prayer is only read on the first animal slaughtered in a session, making it halal while the other animals slaughtered in the same session will be considered haram. 

Further details about this topic may be obtained from Mufti Shafi's Jawahir-Ul-Fiqh and/or Mufti Taqi's Fiqhi Maqalat. The following link may also be referred to.

http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/IslamicBooks/halal-and-haram 

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Yousuf Ahmed

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani