Is Nando’s Halal or Haram?
We present the Facts!
Nando’s chickens come from Freeman’s
The following statement is from Official Nando’s Website
Who supplies our Halal chicken?
“Our Halal chickens are supplied to us by Freemans of Newent. They are authorised by the Islamic institute of Jurisprudence and are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Halal chicken. ”
“We are committed to the highest standards and therefore the quality, welfare and health of our chicken is a priority. We ensure that Freemans of Newent follow the strict Red Tractor Farm Assurance Standards. All our chickens are indoor-reared. They are pre-stunned which minimises suffering and fear. The method used is a high frequency low voltage stun – this means the chicken is still alive, but unconscious when it is hand slaughtered and blessed by licensed Muslim slaughter men. Their slaughter process is overseen by Mr. Ali Bham who has been a practicing Muslim slaughter man for over 20 years.”
“Our Halal and non-Halal chicken products are never mixed at our suppliers and are clearly segregated in our distribution centre. Our restaurants are authorised only to receive poultry from our approved distribution centre. ”
What about Freeman’s?
Freeman’s is certified by the Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK. They are satisfied with the level of their standards. They do stun but at a low voltage (which means that the chicken is not killed in the process) hence Halaal. Though of course the non-stunned chicken is certainly preferable. The Scholars have asserted that there is a strict demarcation between the Haraam and Halaal meats in Freeman’ so that contamination is not possible.
The Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence UK is an independent organisation, and you should contact them directly in case anything changes or if you desire further clarification. They are not obliged to inform us of any changes nor are we privy to any operational information.
If you wish to contact Mufti Yusuf Sacha, his contact details as below:
Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence
Mufti Yusuf Sacha
68 broomsdale Road
And Allah ﷻ Knows Best
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Below is opionion of Shaykh Abu Yusha Yasin
Without causing offence to anyone and i apologise in advance if i do.. i would humbly like to say the following:
My comment earlier is the shariah perspective on halal or haram in the stunning and zabiha processes. Certain conditions need to be met before an individual is eligible to pass comment on any aspect of shariah. Especially this issue of zibah. Mainly they need to be informed of the shar’i ahkaam and informed of the physical processes which take place in the slaughter houses. As I mentioned earlier, disregarding stunning, even slaughtering of an animal in the traditional way can still render an animal unfit to eat, if the correct conditions of the slaughter according to hanafi fiqh have not been met! So in answering the doubt on how do you know the animal you ate wasn’t stunned to death? I ask, how do you know the animal that has been slaughtered is permissible? Have you seen it being done? Are you aware of the conditions that need to be met even if you did observe, So that you could make an informed and correct decision on the status of halaal and haraam if that animal?
How many people have been to a slaughter house? How many people have seen the stunning process and scientifically analysed it in consideration of fiqh?
Simply put, how many people are qualified to make accusations or stand to defend such positions?
Allah says in the Qur’an.. Fass alu ahlazikr in kuntum laa ta’lamoon.. Go to the people of zikr.. Ie knowledge or people of the Quran etc, in matters you do not know.
Do you debate with the decision of your medical consultant who spent the last 25 years learning and practicing his area of medicine? Then why debate with the Scholars who have spent the last 25 years learning the sacred sciences and matters of shariah. Unless you of course are qualified to do so, then I humbly ask you to continue your discussions because you are entitled to. You are one of them!
On an individual level, if you have doubt on an issue, even though a masla may state something is permissible, your taqwa states to abstain. So abstaining from meat with a ? Over it is fine.. Then also abstain over the zabiha animals because as far as any lay person is concerned, there is a ? Mark over whether the conditions have been met. How far do you wish to take it? Hence we have the great scholars known as Muftis who actually observe these processes clinically and then give their verdict on what is halaal or haraam. We should look at following their rulings.. Even if Still not satisfied.. Abstain!
Like the ruling for salah.. Even if an imam is correct and proven to have no issues surrounding him but an individual has doubt in his heart surrounding the status of the imam, then his salah is not valid behind that imam. (Ahnaaf position). Likewise if your unsure, then fine, don’t eat the meat but in life live by a rule and die by the same rule.
My humble thoughts!”