Putting a non-religious handle on halal slaughter (2)
In the first part of my series, “How halal is halal …” I introduced the matter of a prayer offered at the moment of slaughter. The prayer gives non-Muslims (and non-Jews) grief but frankly it’s not especially religious. I drew an analogy with the grace offered before meals in Christian families and typically before formal black tie dinners.
How many people who are not religious would attend a formal dinner and not take their seats before the guest of honour enters the room? Very few.
I suggest that the purpose of the prayer is to express thanks to our maker for his bounty and request forgiveness for the wilful taking of a life. Is that really primitive and something belonging to a long since bygone era? I am sorry but even humanists and secularists have to concede that.
If you go to YouTube and search on Mercy halal slaughter you…
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