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A reader forwarded a YouTube video clip on chicken slaughter from an unknown source styling themselves as the chicken truth.

 

Without forcing our views on any reader, we list our rebuttal and leave it to the discernments of enlightened minds to draw their own conclusion.

 

From our point of view we firmly believe that the information is fatally flawed and presented with malicious intent on the following basis:-

 

1. THE WRONG PREMISE

 

This group's stated stance is that the issuing of Halal certificates is "foreign to Islam and do not hold any weight". They further expostulate that "From a Shari (Islamic) point of view, there is no such thing as a Halaal organization. Such organizations never existed in the time of Nabi Muhammed Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam nor in the time of the illustrious Sahaba, may Allah be pleased with them. Neither did they exist for 1400 years. These groups probably sprouted up within the last 4 or 5 decades. Based upon Western concepts and frameworks?"

 

It is impossible for any argument, based on a wrong premise and naked prejudice from the outset, to arrive to the correct conclusion.

 

2. Ulama are dimwits

Ulama are the inheritors of the knowledge of the Prophets (Peace be upon them) and have been giving leadership to the Ummah for centuries. They hold the Noble Quraan immutable, the Sunnah (Prophetic Traditions) sacrosanct and accept differences in opinion which are not opposed to or are in conflict with them. Their decisions and edicts are in the best interest of Islam for their respective communities. It is patronizing and ludicrous to the extreme to believe that thousands of Ulama have lost their wits and direction to "have unwittingly legalized these bodies."

 

It is frightening to contemplate that hundreds of thousands of people from Halaal bodies to butchers, retailers and communities take direction from Ulama in these matters who according to the faceless Chicken Truth individual/group cannot discern right from wrong, yet they can.

 

3. Anonymity

 

Whilst this group boldly criticizes and slanders Halaal bodies, the Ulama, producers and the public whilst sprouting Quraanic ayaat, it cowers behind a cloak of anonymity. Surely, if they truly wish to "save the muslims" then they ought to have the courage of their conviction and stand up for their beliefs and engage with all parties?

 

What can be the vested interest that prevents the writer/s from revealing their identity?

 

4. Hearsay

 

The group has failed to attest the information into sworn statements and follow any process that gives the accused the right to call and cross examine witnesses, not to incriminate oneself, the right not to be tried on secret evidence, the right to exclude evidence that is improperly obtained, irrelevant or inherently inadmissible e.g. hearsay, punishment for perjury, the right to exclude judges on the grounds of partiality or conflict of interest, the right of appeal etc.

 

The absence of this renders the information as hearsay and places their work in the realm of fitnah and rumour mongering.

 

The aforesaid is but another glaring example of the actions of extremists against mainstream Islam.

 

Please be assured that the processes used in Halaal certified commercial abattoirs are endorsed by mainstream Ulama and all chickens certified / approved by SANHA is undoubtedly Halaal..

 

Was Salaam

 

Yours sincerely
For South African National Halaal Authority

 

EBI Lockhat
Public Relations Officer

 

Tel: +27 (31) 207 5768
Fax: +27 (31) 207 5793
Website: www.sanha.org.za

 
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