Dear Mufti Sahab,
May Allah reward you for you comprehensive and detailed response to the question on mechanical slaughtering (Question # 79). Please pardon me for my haste and persistence but I did not see any response about stunning. Most chicken plants while not employing the mechanical method of slaughtering are in fact stunning the chicken prior to slaughtering. Are these birds halaal for consumption? Does the extent of the electrical voltage have any bearing on the usage of the stunners? Please respond with the necessary Daleels.
Jazaakallahu Khairan fid daarain.
Yours in Islam
Stunning the chicken prior to slaughtering is no doubt causing harm to the animals more than the necessity which is strictly prohibited in Islaam. The Nabee of Allaahصلى الله عليه وسلم is reported to have said, “Verily Allaah has enjoined goodness to everything, so when you kill, kill in a good way and when you slaughter, slaughter in a good manner. So everyone of you should sharpen his knife and let the slaughtered animal die comfortable. (Shaheeh Muslim, Kitabus-Said Waz-Zabayeeh)
As regard to the permissibility of such chickens, if they do not die due to stunning and are slaughtered on the way of Islamic slaughtering, then these birds are Halal for consumption. But if stunning causes death to the animals and they die before slaughtering then these birds are not Halaal for consumption. “Forbidden to you are the dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been slaughtered as a sacrifice for other than Allah…” (Suratul Maaidah 5:3)