This means slaughtering animals in a manner which satisfies the conditions of slaughtering stipulated by Islamic law.
Conditions for slaughtering animals in Islam
Allah ﷻ has made the food of the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) lawful for us as long as they observe the legal method of slaughtering animals.
- The person undertaking the slaughtering process must be Muslim or a member of the People of the Book (that is, Jews or Christians). In addition, he must have reached the age of discretion and carries out this act for the intended purpose.
- The tool used for slaughtering the animal must be suitable for the intended purpose and sharp, such as a knife. It is forbidden to use anything that may kill the animal due to its heavy weight, hit its head to death or shock it and render it unconscious by resorting to electric stunning, for instance.
- The name of Allah must be pronounced by saying Bismillaah (in the name of Allah) at the time of slaughtering the animal.
- The cut must sever at least three of the following: the trachea, the oesophagus and the two blood vessels on either side of the throat.
If these conditions are met, the meat of the slaughtered animal will be lawful; however, if one single condition is not met, its meat will not be lawful.