Prohibition of Commercial Chickens Being ‘Extreme’ and ‘Strict”

Question ID: 21801

Some ‘Ulama say that to ‘blanketly declare’ all commercially cut chickens as Mufti A.H Elias Sahib has done, is not permissible. According to these ‘Ulama – which is actually the majority of ‘Ulama – in view of the ‘inconvenience’ and ‘problems’ such a declaration will cause among Muslims, such ‘blanket’ rulings are ‘extreme,”strict’ and ‘wrong’.

‘Ulama of this category contend that not everyone lives on a farm, or can keep sheep in their yard, hence, how will the entire Muslim body of the nation abstain from commercially cut chickens if a declaration of haraam is given? They say that Muftis who issue such Fatwas are not concerned regarding the problems they cause to people.

They further cite ‘Husne Zan’ regarding the abattoirs, butcheries, fast food outlets, and restaurants. How do they cite this when the overwhelming majority of Muslims who operate these outfits are clean shaven, modernists, and sport kuffaar garb? Even their wives and daughters stand in these shops when it is busy – this needs no active investigation to clarify. Just recently (Dhul-Qa’dah 1437/August 2016) the owner of one very very prominent Durban butchery held an ‘engagement’ function for his child at a kaafir hotel venue. Not a haraam reception, not a Waleemah, but an ‘engagement’ function at a hall at a kaafir hotel. The actions of this wealthy butcher man is not hidden in his room. From this, Muslims should understand from what class of people they are eating from, and the ‘Ulama should understand what they have legalized.

I would appreciate it if Hadhrat comments on this. I would also like to ask if Hahdrat could sometimes mention his stance of commercial chickens in his Bayaans and Jummuah Bayaans, if appropriate. Jazaakallaah.

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Asked on August 30, 2016 1:41 am
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

a.) Haraam does not become Halaal because many Muslims are eating it. It is logically impossible to certify and justify commercially slaughtered chickens as Halaal. How can I say it is Halaal?
b.) When Haraam enters the blood system a Muslim cannot understand the basics of Shariat and Taqwa leaves. Certifying commercially cut chickens as Halaal is a financially lucrative, market share business.
c.) Encourage small business to do hand slaughtering. This will solve the so called shortage.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on September 8, 2016 12:44 pm