Your local Kentucky Fried Chicken, or other fast food restaurant, may be serving halal meat. What does that mean? Halal meat is meat that has been slaughtered according to Muslim law. Specifically, facing the animal toward Mecca, 'reciting "Bismillahi Allahu Akbar" (In the name of God , And God is the greatest), immediately as a knife slashes the throat of an animal and preceding consumption of the meat makes the meat permissible.
Mas'ud's blog asks,
... how many know exactly where to make the cut or the other ahkam that need to be fulfilled? [snip]
There are some unscrupulous halal meat suppliers who don't realise that this is an amanah - a sacred trust - that has to be safeguarded.
Americans are learning more about Islam each day, as we should since the number of Muslims in the United States is increasing. Apparently they like their fast food, too, but it must meet Muslim standards.
Two fast food restaurants have opened halal outposts on Devon St, creating competition over whose chicken is the best and whose chicken is more halal. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Brown's Chicken and Pasta are battling it out for the hearts, minds and stomachs of observant Muslim fried chicken eaters. But not everyone is a fan.
The problem stems from a less-than-precise definition of halal. ... (source)
Jihadi Du Jour says:
A McDonald's spokeswoman said customers who did not want halal food should buy from any of its other stores.
No doubt already in Dearbornistan and coming to your town soon...
As for the "biblical reason" to avoid halal food? I'll stick with NOT eating foods offered to idols and false gods...Daniel made out ok that way.
The meat must be hand-slaughtered according to zabigagh.
Halal (حلال, ḥalāl, halaal) In Arabic-speaking countries, the term is used to describe anything permissible under Islamic law, in contrast to haraam, that which is forbidden. This includes behaviour, speech, dress, conduct, manner and dietary laws (listen to some aspects of halal).
In non-Arabic-speaking countries, the term is most commonly used in the narrower context of just Muslim dietary laws, especially where meat and poultry are concerned ... (Wikipedia)
This is being described as: ' halal, the Islamic analog of kosher'.
In Muslim countries, fast-food giants like McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC and Burger King have long served halal meat and have become popular teen hangouts. ... McDonald's has two halal franchises in Dearborn, Mich., one in Australia and is considering one in Britain ... Subway location in New Jersey adopted halal ... Outback Steakhouse recently announced it offers halal lamb ... (source)
According to television reports, the Sharia Association of America has been involved in efforts to get more restaurants and businesses to use halal meats. Unfortunately I cannot find any reference to a 'Sharia Association of America'. I have no doubt that there probably IS such an orgaization, I just can't find it.
The Muslims have CAIR on their side, and CAIR is in bed with the ACLU, so there should be no problems taking businesses to court who refuse to go halal. This should be interesting to watch. See "CAIR And The ACLU, A Marriage Made In Hell" and "More Reasons To Love The ACLU"
The ACLU is upset because The East Jersey State Prison refuses to spend the extra money to provide inmates with halal meats and also refuses to allow families to bring 'packages' to the prisoners. Imagine that!
It will be interesting to watch which businesses, prisons, and other organizations agree to serving halal meats. It will also be interesting to see what comes next AFTER halal.
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