As America veers towards Islamic Sharia law in order to cater to the demanding minority of Muslims, citizens are seeing not only an attempt to include and appease Muslims, but an infringement upon the rights of the majority.
With such a vocal group as that of Islam in the U.S., major corporations are making a shift toward including the brutal slaughter that is halal, and the newest addition to the list of Muhammad-approved businesses is the largest superstore yet.
The Miami Student reports that Wal-Mart has taken the leap into dangerous waters, approving the provision of halal meats.
With a petition, Oxford assistant professor Tareq Hasan Khan and the Muslim Student Association (MSA) of Miami University has pressured Wal-Mart into providing meats that have been slaughtered in a manner acceptable by halal standards, as per the Quran.
(Let it be noted that the petition garnered only 50 signatures while passed around the internet.)
According to the Quranic definition, halal livestock should be slaughtered by slitting the throat of the beast, bleeding the animal out by the throat, all while invoking the name of Allah in prayer. It’s often argued that halal slaughter is the most humane form of butchery, claiming that the animal endures as little pain and suffering as possible, but the documented videos reveal the ugly truth.
Senior Saara Khalid said that as a Muslim, it is hard to find halal options on campus, especially for those students who do not wish to be vegetarians. In addition, students requested specific brands of halal meat to be provided in Oxford grocery stores. “Since the Halal chicken and meat has to be certified, we strongly recommend the local stores to sell chicken products from Crescent Foods and beef products from Midamar,” Khan said, according to the Miami Student.
However, Khalid fails to mention that if Muslims can find no halal amenities, Muslims may eat whatever they are given, according to the Surah of the Quran.
Surely a sizable business like Wal-Mart wouldn’t be intimidated by 50 Muslims, so why would they make such a significant change to their stock? Will Wal-Mart properly label the halal so that non-Muslims do not accidentally consume such cruelly slaughtered animals? Finally, where is PETA to demand that halal meats be banned from the corporation because of such inhumane treatment?