Food for Thought?

Fiqh Council of North America:  Conclusion of Meeting Regarding Livestock Feeding

Mon, 12/06/2010 – 22:38 — FCNA

The Fiqh Council of North America recently received a report about animal feed, more specifically on use of animal protein and other impurities in the feed given to livestock and chicken. The report raises serious questions about the permissibility of consuming the meats of such animals as well as other health hazards.
The FCNA held a meeting on May 31, 2001 to discuss the above report and its implications. Following are the conclusions of this meeting:

  1. Available information on this issue, especially subsequent to the “Mad Cow” controversy is sufficient to classify the meat of such animals as doubtful. Such doubt exceeds all other doubts such as those relating to the mode of slaughtering of animals or the invocation of the name of Allah at the time of slaughtering.
  2. There is sufficient indication from information available so far that the animal feed commonly used contains animal protein that harms both animals and humans who consume their meat.
  3. Should the above-mentioned information be further verified, it may make the meat of livestock and chicken subject to prohibition from the shari’ah standpoint.
  4. The FCNA plans to do further research on this subject, consult with more experts in related fields and coordinate with the European Council of Fatwa and Research and other concerned parties.
  5. In the meantime, the FCNA feels that it is advisable to take the following precautions: ” Abstaining or reducing temporarily the intake of meats especially “hot dogs” and hamburgers. ” Attempting, seriously, to buy meats of animals that are fed a totally vegetarian diet, without the use of any animal protein, hormones, antibiotics or preservatives.
  6. The FCNA will, insha’Allah, come up with a statement on this issue as soon as research work and consultations are completed.

For more information in animal feed, please consult the following web site: http://64.41.98.55/DoMuslimsKnowMay2001.shtml.

(http://www.fiqhcouncil.org/node/20)

This was reposted on their website Dec. 2010 so I assume this is their current stance on the matter until further inquiry.

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The European Council of Fatwa and Research (of which Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is president) has re evaluated the issue regarding the consumption of meat sold by non-Muslims and stated the following:                        

The Council discussed this matter at great length acknowledging that it is a matter which has created great concern and debate amongst Muslims. The Council concluded that it is necessary for Muslims to abide by the conditions of slaughtering according to the Islamic Shari’a, so that they please their Lord and that they protect their identity from compromise and external threats as well as to protect themselves from consuming what is illegal and forbidden. Having examined the various methods of slaughter, many of which consist of various illegal acts which lead to the death of a large proportion of animals, particularly chicken, The Council decided the illegality of consuming the meat of chicken and cows, whilst the meat of lamb, sheep and calves is allowed as the method of slaughtering these in many countries does not contradict the methods decided by the Islamic Shari’a. The Council hereby recommends to all Muslims that they establish their own slaughter houses so that they may fulfill this important need whilst protecting their religious and cultural identity. The Council also calls upon the Western governments to recognise the religious aspects of Muslims, including enabling them to slaughter according to Islamic Shari’a, similar to other religious communities and groups such as the Jews. The Council also calls upon the Islamic countries to import meat which has been slaughtered according to the Shari’a and which are supervised and administered by the trusted Islamic centres throughout the West. 
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