Slaughtering of Animals, The Hindu and Moslem way

Madan G Singh By Madan G Singh, 14th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/30qjup8u/
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The differences between Hindus and Moslems even comes down to the methods of slaughtering animals for meat

Hindus and Moslems,Methods of Eating Meat


Islam and Hinduism are two great religions that have existed side by side for close to 1500 years in the sub-continent. The religions have beliefs and rituals that are diametrically opposed to each. Over the years this has generated into a conflict, with the Moslems being invariably the winners. The religious beliefs are so iconoclast that there is no meeting ground as the Moslems believe in one God , while the Hindus believe in a pantheon of gods. Apart from praying the differences also come down to the method of slaughtering animals for meat and what animals to eat. These bring out the irreconcilable differences between the Hindus and the Moslems.
The methods of slaughtering meat are Halal and Jhatka and each is distinct from the other. The method of slaughtering an animal for consumption of meat in Islam is called Halal, while the Hindu method of slaughtering meat is called Jhatka. What is the difference between the two? Halal involves making a slit with a knife in the neck of the animal. This involves the jugular vein being slit and the animal slowly bleeds to death. Care is taken that the spinal cord is not cut.
Jhatka on the other hand involves severing the head of the animal with one blow of the sword or knife. The spinal cord is severed and death is instantaneous.
Halal Meat
It is enjoined on all true Muslims and believers in Allah to partake of only Halal meat. Thus a Moslem will never partake of cooked meat that is Jhatka. In Halal as the animal bleeds to death a kalam or holy prayer is recited. To some people this method of ritualistic slaughter is quite inhuman, but to Moslems it does not appear so. This method of slaughtering an animal is also prevalent among Jews. The advent of the Moslem in India made Halal meat compulsory for all, till the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh revolted against this practice.
Method of Jhatka
In contrast the Hindus and Sikhs have a simple method of slaughtering the animal for meat, often referred to as Jhatka. In real terms this means that the head of the animal is severed from the body with one blow. As the spinal cord is cut with one blow the death would in all likelihood be instantaneous. These two methods of slaughtering animals for meat i.e. Jhatka and halal, sum up the essential difference between the two religions Hinduism and Islam and shows that even in the method of slaughtering animals for meats, the differences are irreconcilable.
Jhatka Meat
The Sikhs, who are the militant forms of the Hindus, are avid meat eaters. But the Sikh Gurus have enjoined on then not to eat halal. They will partake of only Jhatka meat. In fact even before partition the Moslem dominated Union party that was in power in the undivided Punjab had entered into an agreement with the Sikhs. This agreement stated that Sikhs would be allowed to have their own Jhatka shops for meat. Thus Jhatka is an essential part of Sikhism.
Guru Gobind Singh rejected the Moslem concept of Halal and laid down that the animals could not be eaten which had been killed in a ritualistic manner. In this connection the last Hukamnama (Religious Order) was issued by the Akal Takht in 1980.

The Hindus also will only partake of Jhatka and in festivals like Durga Puja, only Jhatka meat is served. After Independence this practice of separate Jhatka and halal meat shops has continued. The difference is not just confined to the manner of slaughtering the animals but also to what animals to eat.Moslems will not eat the meat of pigs as they are considered unclean and Hindus will not partake of Cow or beef.
A Sore Point
After independence the major manufacturers of packaged meat and chicken like Venkys, Safal and Godrej Foods in India clearly mention on their packages that only halal meat is used. This is a piquant situation in a country, where the Hindus are in a majority. These companies do not market Jhatka meat. One really wonders how these companies can get away with marketing only halal meat. In a country with an 80% Hindu population the meat packaging industries do not market Jhatka meat. In fact they mention boldly on their packages 'only Halal meat used’. It is difficult to understand how this is allowed in India. Perhaps some Hindu groups may like to take up this matter with the concerned meat packaging industries.

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Animals, Halal, Hindus, Jhatka, Meat, Moslems, Siks

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author avatar Saleeha
14th Jul 2011 (#)

What do u mean by Allah is his Prophet? Holy prophet (P.B.U.H) is the prophet of Allah .. Allah is the God of Muslims ..

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author avatar Aliya Khan
14th Jul 2011 (#)

i agree

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author avatar Samrat
6th Jun 2013 (#)

We consider Muhammad made his own God and is a self proclaimed prophet. Jews and Christians also think the same way.

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author avatar Xyz
12th Nov 2013 (#)

@ Samrat..!!
No 1 can make GOD, ALLAH is one and is accepted in all religions. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the last prophet who taught Islam.. Its ok if you dn believe it, anyways you should stick with the topic about Halal and Jhatka and dont talk about nythng else... :-)

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author avatar Aliya Khan
14th Jul 2011 (#)

i would like to correct you on this'' Allah is his prophet '' please dont post stuff you dont know thanks

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author avatar Madan G Singh
15th Jul 2011 (#)

Thanks. Change has been made

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author avatar Yeshel Asif
14th Jul 2011 (#)

Correct @ Saleeha and I agree burhanuddin ..

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author avatar Vasily
24th Sep 2011 (#)

sikhs are not hindu ... they are completely different. . u r spreading hindu propaganda.

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author avatar Harpreet cheema
21st Apr 2012 (#)

sikhs are not hindus okkk however eating hallal eliminate a sikh from sikh religion and hinduus also have the same mentality

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author avatar Xyz
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Sikhs are not militant form of Hindus...!! you are hurting the sentiments.. Sikhism is a religion very different from Hinduism..!! Please make necessary changes

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author avatar Anonymous
5th Aug 2012 (#)

Basically Hindus dont care about Halal or Jhatka, This is only a concept in muslim to have halal meat. HALAL means permissible.. Islamic way of slaughter is quite scientific, as when you read Quran it is mentioned that BLOOD is also forbidden so when you cut the nerves of the animal the heart will pump out all the blood out of the body. as consumption of blood is very harmful it contains lotsa viruses and bacterias and can get u in trouble with unbelievable diseases... there are many more scientific reasons... I knew one and told u. on the other hand jhatka stops blood to come out from the body and with the meat u will also have blood of the animal and is unhygienic. The basic funda of having Jhatka meat is to going against the principles of Islam, which Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji declared as already told by any user up there..

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author avatar Roman
3rd Nov 2012 (#)

Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji is against halal since it's a ritual He doesn't endorse. Sikhs are free to eat vegetarian or non-vegetarian food.

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author avatar Xyz
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Agreed..!!!

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author avatar Rahulsingh
20th Jan 2013 (#)

Actully i disagree to anonymous's statement..because hindus and sicks are eating that jhatka meat from very long time.the blood after cannot possible to consumed with meat.there is no blood rest along with that. And about hygenic part hindu,sikh and muslims also no body is discarefull about what they eat..so that scientific reson is totally what i think is negotiable.

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author avatar Joedoe
4th Feb 2013 (#)

Anonymous talks about blood being forbidden for consumption (as told by the Quran). Everyone knows that slitting an animals throat does not remove all the blood in animal's body. Blood still remains in the muscles and flesh. If it is forbidden to eat blood then it must be forbidden to eat flesh as it always contains blood. If you take your piece of halaal meat and put it on a white cloth I guarantee you will see blood on the cloth. You are eating blood no matter if you kill by halaal or jatkha.

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author avatar Xyz
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Yes, right my friend, sliting the throat dsnt remove all the blood but yea a major amount of blood from the body..so its better than jhatka in that way :-)

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author avatar Xyz
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Well, What this fuss is all about, HALAL meat and JHATKA meat, Muslims prefer HALAL, Sikhs prefer JHATKA, let us respect their preferences and feelings, If you are a follower of any other religion, research yourself and have meat in whatever form you want as you dont care about HALAL and JHATKA..
Thanks

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