Animal welfare & Halal meat

Today’s ‘The Sun’ headline screamed “Halal secret of Pizza Express”, in an effort we can only assume to anger their core readership into hating anything to do with Islam more than they already do. And this after social media went crazy about the news that some Subway restaurants in the UK were selling halal meat only, and removing from sale products which contain pork.

This all comes off the back of the Danish Government banning halal and kosher meat from being produced in their country in an effort to safeguard animal rights.

The word halal, due to ignorant media reporting, has become synonymous with animal cruelty and there are concerted efforts by some in the UK to also have meat produced in a halal manner banned here.

So in this Khutba we look at what the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) say about animal rights and their treatment, and show that the reality is that under Islamic guidance animals would suffer far less than they currently do at the hands of human beings.

Secret panel can put Americans on “kill list’

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.

There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.

The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.

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Secret Meetings

Although the Holy Quran disapproves of secret meetings being a balanced book it recognises that there are many situations in which secret meetings are necessary, such as when negotiations are carried on for peace or when you are advising people or when you give charity.

We discuss this in detail in the video below.