THE CONSEQUENCE OF NOT EATING HALAL
1. Your Supplication (Dua’) may not be answered
Abu Hurayrah narrated,
ذَكَرَ الرَّجُلَ يُطِيلُ السَّفَرَ أَشْعَثَ أَغْبَرَ يَمُدُّ يَدَيْهِ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ يَا رَبِّ يَا رَبِّ وَمَطْعَمُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَشْرَبُهُ حَرَامٌ وَمَلْبَسُهُ حَرَامٌ وَغُذِىَ بِالْحَرَامِ فَأَنَّى يُسْتَجَابُ لِذَلِكَ
The Messenger (saw) mentioned the case of a man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty and who spreads out his hands to the sky [saying]: “O Lord! O Lord!” While his food is unlawful, his drink is unlawful, his clothing is unlawful, and he is nourished unlawfully, so how can he be answered?” [Sahih Muslim] #2393
The Messenger (SAW) said to the Companion Sa’d: “O’ Sa’d! Purify your food, your supplication will be accepted. By the one in whose hand lays the life of Muhammad, verily a servant places a morsel of Haram in his stomach (and as a result) forty days of worship will not be accepted from him.” [Imam Tabrani]
2. You will incur the wrath of Allah (swt) if you slaughter in the name of others
Ali bin Abu Talib (ra) narrated the Messenger (saw) said,
وَلَعَنَ اللَّهُ مَنْ ذَبَحَ لِغَيْرِ اللَّهِ
“And Allah curses him who sacrifices for anyone besides Allah” [Sahih Muslim] #5239
3. If you agree with the Mushrik (idolaters) that dead meat is halal, it will render you a Mushrik
Allah (swt) says,
وَلاَ تَأْكُلُواْ مِمَّا لَمْ يُذْكَرِ اسْمُ اللّهِ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنَّهُ لَفِسْقٌ وَإِنَّ الشَّيَاطِينَ لَيُوحُونَ إِلَى أَوْلِيَآئِهِمْ لِيُجَادِلُوكُمْ وَإِنْ أَطَعْتُمُوهُمْ إِنَّكُمْ لَمُشْرِكُونَ
Wala ta/kuloo mimma lam yuthkari ismu Allahi AAalayhi wa-innahu lafisqun wa-inna alshshayateena layoohoona ila awliya-ihim liyujadilookum wa-in ataAAtumoohum innakum lamushrikoona
‘Eat not, Oh believers, of that meat on which Allah (swt)’s name has not been pronounced at the time of slaughtering the animal, for surely it is Fisq (a sin and disobedience of Allah) and certainly the evil do inspire their friends to dispute with you and if you were to obey them by making a dead (un-slaughtered) animal lawful and eating it, then you would indeed be Mushrikoun (polytheists)’ [Surah Al Anam 6:121]
It is imperative that we ensure the meat we is halal to the best of our abilities. It is sinful to eat meat which is not slaughtered or cooked in accordance to Islam. Haram meat is void of any blessings from Allah (swt) and this will have consequences on our subsequent actions.
Normally it is not allowed to doubt Muslims (i.e. our butchers), as the issue of halal slaughtering is one known by necessity. However due to the society we live in and the fact that the common practice is stun animals first, we must ask our butchers whether the meat we have is un-stunned. It is not enough to accept that if the butcher says it is halal, that it necessarily is so, or to agree with the butcher’s opinion that to stun first and slaughter after is lawful. We cannot plead ignorance on this issue when the text on the issue is so clear-cut and the practice of Muslims for centuries was to adhere vehemently to the ways of the Messenger (saw) and his companions (ra).
Recently halal monitoring groups have appeared highlighting the issue of un-stunned meat. These groups should only be taken as reference point if they strictly adhere to the conditions stipulated by Islam for slaughtering as well as the slaughterer. No concessions should be made, because a Muslim does not pray, or that only a non-Muslim is available to work in the slaughter house, or that it is more convenient to have a taping of “Bismillah Allahu Akbar” playing in the background rather to say it aloud each time before the slaughter. It is important we read what these groups stipulate in their conditions regarding halal meat.
We trust this short treatise explained the key points related to the issue of Halal Meat, and Allah (swt) knows best.