Muslim In Germany: European High Court Legalizes The Banning Of Halal And Kosher Animal Slaughter

Just a few weeks ago, the Highest Court of the European Union ruled that member states can ban halal and kosher animal slaughtering; or allow it only under the condition that the animals have been stunned before their throat is cut (which is the requirement for slaughtering animals for food in both, the Muslim and Jewish religions). The case came up to the highest court of the Union because Belgium (Flanders) had passed a law banning this type of ritual slaughter in spite of protests from both religious communities who say this is a deep infringement of their right to follow their own religious obligations.

This ruling might affect Muslims living in Germany even more than before. It should be known that banning kosher slaughtering had been first put into law at the beginning of the 1930’s, i.e., as a part of persecution of the Jewish minority (there were almost no Muslims living in Germany at the time). It either made Jewish life difficult for those wanting to live kosher, or forced practicing Jews into breaking an official religious obligation. The latter was one of the intentions of the ruling towards starting the legal persecution of Jews.

Of course, this law was among the first to be abolished after the end of the 2nd World War, and until late in the 1990s the topic was more or less no point of discussion despite a growing Muslim community. A community whose members increasingly sought to slaughter their own meat and sell in their own shops – a right that would have otherwise not been possible during the first decades of immigration, as opening shops was not allowed to new immigrants. Animal protection societies were still interested in the topic, but -owing to the fact that any protest in this direction would go against Jewish communities-, not too energetically.

With growing enmity against Islam and Muslims in general — although during the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s it was more a general xenophobia – which expressed itself most loudly in the debate about hijab, the question of halal slaughtering also came up. In 1995, slaughtering without stunning was forbidden, and it was necessary to apply for special permission not to stun animals before slaughtering. It was never questioned when a permit was required for kosher slaughter, but was more often than not refused to Muslims. Long fights at court ensued, and only the German constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) decided at last in 2002 that of course the Muslim slaughter of animals also had the right to this permission.

In reaction to this in 2006, an amendment was added to the German constitution (Grundgesetz) to declare the protection of animals as a main national objective. As a result, the authorities pretended this would negate the decision of 2002 and that they could again refuse this permission. Following more legal fighting, the current status stands that again the highest German court has decided that a special permission has to be granted if it is proved that the religious law is mandatory not to stun the animals first, and that the meat will only be sold to those members of the religious community who also hold on to this belief. Currently it can be observed that it is nearly impossible to slaughter for the halal market under this condition, with the authorities putting up more and more obstacles when a permission is applied for.

Just a few weeks ago, the Highest Court of the European Union ruled that member states can ban halal and kosher animal slaughtering; or allow it only under the condition that the animals have been stunned before their throat is cut (which is the requirement for slaughtering animals for food in both, the Muslim and Jewish religions). The case came up to the highest court of the Union because Belgium (Flanders) had passed a law banning this type of ritual slaughter in spite of protests from both religious communities who say this is a deep infringement of their right to follow their own religious obligations.

This ruling might affect Muslims living in Germany even more than before. It should be known that banning kosher slaughtering had been first put into law at the beginning of the 1930’s, i.e., as a part of persecution of the Jewish minority (there were almost no Muslims living in Germany at the time). It either made Jewish life difficult for those wanting to live kosher, or forced practicing Jews into breaking an official religious obligation. The latter was one of the intentions of the ruling towards starting the legal persecution of Jews.

Of course, this law was among the first to be abolished after the end of the 2nd World War, and until late in the 1990s the topic was more or less no point of discussion despite a growing Muslim community. A community whose members increasingly sought to slaughter their own meat and sell in their own shops – a right that would have otherwise not been possible during the first decades of immigration, as opening shops was not allowed to new immigrants. Animal protection societies were still interested in the topic, but -owing to the fact that any protest in this direction would go against Jewish communities-, not too energetically.

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With growing enmity against Islam and Muslims in general — although during the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s it was more a general xenophobia – which expressed itself most loudly in the debate about hijab, the question of halal slaughtering also came up. In 1995, slaughtering without stunning was forbidden, and it was necessary to apply for special permission not to stun animals before slaughtering. It was never questioned when a permit was required for kosher slaughter, but was more often than not refused to Muslims. Long fights at court ensued, and only the German constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) decided at last in 2002 that of course the Muslim slaughter of animals also had the right to this permission.

In reaction to this in 2006, an amendment was added to the German constitution (Grundgesetz) to declare the protection of animals as a main national objective. As a result, the authorities pretended this would negate the decision of 2002 and that they could again refuse this permission. Following more legal fighting, the current status stands that again the highest German court has decided that a special permission has to be granted if it is proved that the religious law is mandatory not to stun the animals first, and that the meat will only be sold to those members of the religious community who also hold on to this belief. Currently it can be observed that it is nearly impossible to slaughter for the halal market under this condition, with the authorities putting up more and more obstacles when a permission is applied for.

Close up shot of the goat with bunch of green lush grass on the summer meadow

Meanwhile, there were two ways to procure halal meat for the market in Germany: either import it from neighboring states where halal slaughter was not a problem, or follow the opinion laid down in some fatwas from different scholars that stated that meat could be considered halal if the animal was only put to sleep in a way that this would not kill it (unlike the shots animals get in German non-halal slaughterhouses) and, if the throat was not cut it would wake up unharmed. The Jewish communities however, declared this as not kosher, which meant that this regulation would restrict them to slaughtering completely.

This is a question of Islamic Law that I cannot decide, but it makes it very difficult for the average Muslim to know what they are buying or eating, even if food items are marked “halal” and/or are sold by Muslims as such. Whoever does not share the opinion that this is halal meat, must inquire doubly and triply when sourcing their meats, and invest in buying more imported goods from countries where you can be guaranteed of a more reliable certificate.

The new decision will not change too much in German law, but it leads to growing suspicions that the highest authorities in Europe consider religious laws and living as less important even than the rights of animals.
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The new decision will not change too much in German law, but it leads to growing suspicions that the highest authorities in Europe consider religious laws and living as less important even than the rights of animals. This might often give the strongly atheist, the right-wing (but not only) eagerness and help when they want to push against other facets of Muslim life. Keep in mind that the ban of niqab is legal according to this court (although not all countries want to get ridiculed for making laws against a two or three figure minority of Muslim women) as is a ban on hijab in schools, and like in France, for teachers and other government employees, etc. Discrimination against visible Muslims -again, mostly muhajjabas- is common, and getting jobs and finding housing are two of the most common problems, besides a rising number of attacks. Praying at a workplace is often as good as impossible, or at least a known reason for mobbing. All of this will be encouraged by decisions of high courts who treat Muslim laws and lifestyle as irrelevant.

“MUSLIMS” ARE NO LONGER MUSLIMS

“MUSLIMS” ARE NO LONGER MUSLIMS – THE ATHAAB ON THE UMMAH IS NOT SURPRISING
Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Amr (Radhiyallahu anhu) said:“A time will dawn when the people will gather intheir Musaajid and perform Salaat while not asingle one of them will be a Mu’min.”
The Musaajid in Germany and in many other countries have opened, and people (perhaps most of them are not Muslims) are again visiting the Musjids where a host of haraam, humiliating conditions has to be observed.
On Friday 22 May, 2020, during Jumuah, the Musjid in Berlin could accommodate only 50 persons due to the satanic ‘social distancing’ regulation. A nearby church offered to accommodate the overflow. These ostensible ‘Muslims’ went to the church where their imaam led them in ‘jumuah salaat’. The imaam overjoyed with his performance in the church infront of the cross of shirk, commented: “That is an amazing sign of solidarity in these times” said Mohamed Taha Sabry. This pandemic has made us a community. Crises bring people together”, said the mosque’s imam, who led his congregation in prayer watched over by a stained-glass window depicting the Virgin mary.
Samer Hamdoun, one of the Muslim worshippers, said the church environment took some time to get used to. “It was a strange feeling because of the musical instruments, the pictures,” said Hamdoun.”(Reuters News Agency)The shirk, kufr and haraam environment did not bother the ‘imaani’ conscience of these worshippers because they were all bereft of Imaan – the Imaan which is so vigorously emphasized hundreds of times in the Qur’aan Majeed – the Imaan for which the Sahaabah and early Muslimeen conquered the world, smashing the Roman and Persian empires.
The hallucinated ‘solidarity’ overrides Imaan for these worshippers who derived pleasure in the environment of shirk, kufr and fisq. Their imaan, if ever they had Imaan, is dead. Their worship and pleasure in the church of shirk deracinated their imaan if ever they had imaan. How can such people still profess to me Muslims when they are in entirety ignorant or repellant of the very basic and fundamental belief of Tauhid?
There is nothing – absolutely nothing that is so repugnant and so abhorrent to Allah Azza Wa Jal as shirk. A church is the abode of shirk, and about shirk the Qur’aan Majeed says: “Verily, Allah does not forgive shirk being committed with Him, and He forgives besides shirk for whomever He wills.” “Verily, the mushrikoon are najas.” “It is not permissible for the Nabi and the Mu’mineen to seek forgiveness (from Allah) for the Mushrikeen even if they are close relatives.”
The Qur’aan Majeed is replete with hundreds of Aayaat in condemnation of shirk. The doctrine of trinity, the deification of Nabi Isaa (Alayhis salaam) and Maryam (Alayhas salaam) are among the vilest beliefs of shirk condemned by Allah Ta’ala. This cannot be hidden from any Muslim who is a true Muslim. Severely rebuking the Christians, the Qur’aan majeed says:
“Verily, those who said that Allah is Maseeh, the son of Maryam have committed kufr. Maseeh said: “O Bani Israaeel! Worship Allah, my Rabb and your Rabb. Verily, whoever commits shirk with Allah, (know that) verily, Allah has made haraam for him Jannat, and his abode is the Fire. And, for the oppressors (i.e. those who believe in trinity) there will be no helpers. Verily, those who said that Allah is trinity, they have committed kufr. There is no deity but Allah The One. Maseeh, the son of Maryam is only a Messenger. Messengers have gone before him. His mother was a Siddeeqah. Both of them used to eat food……..Those from Bani Israaeel who had committed kufr (with their belief of shirk) have been cursed by the tongues of Daawood and Isaa, the son of Maryam…”(Surah Al-Maaidah)
There are numerous Verses castigating the Mushrikeen and condemning the beliefs of the Christians, but today people who profess to be Muslims find ‘solace’ in the abodes of shirk. This deracination of Imaan is the consequence of socialization and fraternization in pursuit of the shaitaani concept of ‘solidarity’. What type of shaitaani ‘solidarity’ is it which deracinates Imaan?
This kind of solidarity was rejected by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) when the mushrikeen had endeavoured to negotiate ‘peace’ with our Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The Qur’aan Majeed vigorously in hundreds of Aayaat denounces and debunks a ‘solidarity’ which compromises even one iota of Tauhid.
Insha-Allah a more fuller article elaborating on this La’nat shall be published.
30 Ramadhaan 1441 – 24 May 2020