Machine Slaughtering Of Chickens

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. 1. “During your last visit to Toronto, Canada, (December, 94), we had the oppotunity to see the Maple Lodge Chicken staughter house. Based on yours and Mufti Rafi Usmani’s observations, please answer the following questions:

a) Can the Chicken slaughtered and prepared under current conditions be considered Halal?

b) if the answer to A is no or doubtful, what are the changes that may be necessary to make it acceptable as Halal?

c) Should the suggested changes be implemented, what will be the monitoring mechanism for continued acceptance?

September 11, 2010

How To Perform Salah Where Qiblah Is Not Known

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. Sometimes we are at a place where we do not know the exact direction of Qiblah. How should we perform salah in such places? Can we use the scientific instruments to find out the direction of the Qiblah? what should we do if we do not have such instruments?
(Abdullah – Toronto, Canada)

A. Certainly one can use the scientific instruments to find out the accurate direction of Qiblah. However, if somebody is at a place where he has no such instruments nor can he find anybody to tell him the correct direction of the Qiblah, he should to the best of his ability findout the direction by estimate. After doing his best, he can offer his prayer facing a direction which seems to him more correct ; His salah will be acceptable in Shariah.

April 6, 2010