Originally posted by Kaboooomba
hello muslims. i was once a freezing worker and was quite fascinated at the process we had to go through to slaughter and bone beef that was sent specifically for your religion.
i'm not to sure why, but the people who were involved in slaughtering the beef had to be people from your country and they had to ...[text shortened]... they slaughtered the cows. can anyone please explain this and does it really make a difference?
Muslims are very simmilar to jews in this respect. The Quran has a fairly strict list of 'laws' laid down just as the old testament does, and these have been further interpreted. I believe that most Christians do not follow the laws of the Old testament as they believe that Jesus made a new Covenant with new laws. Most Christians accept the Ten Commandments and not much else from the Old Testament. There was a thread on this but no Christians really gave much response as to which exact laws should be obeyed.
All these laws had a reason, but many were taken to such extremes that they became rediculus. For example a Jew can move a chair on the Sabbath if it has two rungs in the back but not if it has three, because if it has three it is a ladder and thus moving it is work. Similarly draging it rather than lifting it is ploughing and thus work. So although God said 'do not work on the Sabbath, how you interpret that and how strict you choose to be is questionable.
However if you are Christian you should not critizise the muslims on this point as the Christian God at one time expected no less from his people at one time including the death penaly for many apparently trivial offences.
As for hallal most muslims take it very seriously with very strict rules about what types of meat you can eat, how the animals are killed, etc. It can be taken to extremes, for example if a pot or eating utensil has been used to cook non-hallal meat then it should never again be used by a muslim.
As far as I know there are two main reasons for hallal. One has to do with hygene, where some types of meat like pork were a much higher risk in terms of health than other meats at the time the quoran was written. The other has to do with respect for Gods creatures and ensuring that they are killed according to Gods law and with a prayer for them as well.