Freeman's Chickens

Published: 2003-08-31
Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmayullah
I would like to ask a question about the chicken available to us in Gloucester.  Many grocers and take-aways buy their chicken from Freeman's.  I understand that Freeman's  used to stun their chickens and that this meat was therefore considered to be "makrooh takrimi" due to the possibility that the animal could die due to the stun.  However, I have recently been told that Freeman's now use a "low stun voltage" which means that the chicken cannot die from the stunning.  I don't know how true this is, or whether they use it for all their chickens.   I have also recently seen new certificates for Freeman's signed by one of the halal food authorities.  Please could you advise what method Freeman's are currently using, and what the shariah view of this method is.  Jazakallah
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Updated: 2012-09-29

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

JazakAllah for your inquiry.

Freeman's is certified by the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK. They are satisfied with the level of their standards. They do stun but at a low voltage (which means that the chicken is not killed in the process) hence Halaal. Though of course the non-stunned chicken is certainly preferable. The Scholars have asserted that there is a strict demarcation between the Haraam and Halaal meats in Freeman' so that contamination is not possible. 


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