Are you eating meat slaughtered in the name of Allah?

There’s a firestorm brewing in England over the fact that much of the meat sold in leading British grocery stores, served in schools, hospitals and pubs, and at major sporting venues like Wembley Stadium and Ascot is halal. That’s sort of the Muslim equivalent of kosher. But unlike kosher meat, halal meat is not labeled as such and costs no more than regular meat. Which means it can be sold and served without anyone knowing it. Which is exactly what’s been happening in the United Kingdom. This despite the fact that according to the British Office for National Statistics only four percent of the British population is Muslim.

According to an investigation conducted by the Daily Mail, fast-food chains such as Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Subway also use halal meat without telling customers. The vast majority of lamb imported from New Zealand by British grocery stores is halal, as is some from Britain’s own farms.

Why might Christians care if they’re consuming meat that is halal? It is prepared according to sharia law, which means that as a trained Muslim worker slits the throat of each animal, he proclaims, “Bismillah Allah-hu-Akbar!” (“In the name of Allah, who is the greatest.”)

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