‘Animals that are stunned are not halal. An animal that is unconscious is not going to listen to the prayer.’
‘In the Holy Book, it says that the animal should listen to the prayers of Allah. If it’s unconscious, then it won’t be able to do that.’
I am sure it brings great comfort to them.
I think I shall increase my bacon intake because I know for a cert no bugger slaughters pigs halal or kosher.
Honestly I would give vegetarianism a pop (again) but it would be harder than giving up the fags. I tried it once and after like three veggie chillies I just gave up. And it would mean giving up rare sirloin or sushi, smoked salmon. or tuna that is still rather pink. I can’t do that! What I can do (and I do) is be very careful about my meat. I only buy free range eggs and similar bacon. I don’t buy Danish but British because we have tighter regulations on the rearing of piggies.
OK, let’s trial a thought experiment here. What if you saw that it is OK for me to slit the throat of Timmy, my little cat, because it’s OK because I have recited the Lord’s Prayer or the Battle Hymn of The Republic or a medley of tunes by the Cheeky Girls? Yeah, why not! The insane justification is the same. The idea that the un-stunned animal understands the words of the prophet is risible as a justification. I assume they are spoken in Classical Arabic. If so they would make about as much sense (none at all) to me as to a goat.
But who am I to criticise here? A Muslim is of course a Muslim from day one. Shortly after birth the happy parents recite the Shahadah over the babe in arms making he or she a Muslim for all eternity. Why should it be different for animals?
Except… My first girlfriend was a Baptist. She became a Baptist at the age of 16. Her church didn’t believe that infants or animals could understand enough to commit. Now I’m no huge fan of the Baptists (them being killjoys and all) but, along with many non-conformists, they get the idea that religious conviction is something to be entered into seriously and that means something like an adult appreciation of the Universe. Essentially this is not something that infants or animals can grok.
It is ultimately very Islamic. The idea that the poor beast hears the words of the Prophet is enough. Very Islamic is that. Seriously. The recitation of the Qu’ran is not about understanding it but about the sound of it – it is brainwashing. In Muslim countries they give prizes to kids who make it sound most musical from memory without knowing any of what it means. Yes, most Arabic native speakers don’t get it because it is further from them than Beowulf is from me.
It does look beautiful, mind. That Arabic script is something else. It does look like the Word of God and that it is merely the depraved fantasy of an immoral Bedouin (I think that is Churchill) does not stop it winning converts. And lets face facts. Muhammed failed every test of morality that could be conceived of (you ever fucked a nine year old girl – thought not). This is the viewpoint of an agnostic who cannot see his way to saying the same about Buddha or Christ.
That is damning. That is seriously bad.