Coming home from work last night I saw easily the must disturbing and disgusting thing I have seen in a long long while. Even more disgusting than the big fat guy who walks around my neighborhood with no shirt on. I think that guy has leprosy because his skin is all grey and white.
Not white like me, because I am a computer geek and have spent no more than 7 minutes in direct sunlight in the last 3 years. No, this guy is more white like as if he had taken off all his clothes and used his naked body to clean up a chalkboard.
Also, he wears these flip-flops everyday and it looks like some of toes have fallen off.
So, what I saw was even more disturbing than that guy.
There is this place in my neighborhood called "Al-Noor Halal Meats." I've been living here for almost 6 months now and I've never given much thought to the place. I'm guessing they must sell meat there since that is the only word on their sign that I can understand.
They must be some kind of Indian or Pakistani butcher. I am a vegetarian, but not militant about it or anything. I mean, it doesn't really bother me or disgust me or whatever unless I am being forced to eat it. And I am used to Chinatown, where every store, whether restaurant, stationary store, or bridal boutique, has all sorts of dead animals - ducks, chicken, rabbit, etc - hanging in their windows. Unless I am being forced to look at the inside-out carcass of a dead bunny rabbit hanging upside-down in a store window, then I am pretty much okay.
So, I am going home last night, and am walking on the opposite side of the street as Al-Noor Halal's meat palace. I am just passing the place when I see someone parked in front pulling something out of the trunk of his car. The guy pulls out something and slings it over his shoulder.
This is the point at which I am stopped dead in my tracks. The person walking behind me almost crashed into my back and nearly dropped all their groceries. She then starts cursing at me. But I ignored that old lady, and I continued to watch the dude pulling stuff out of his trunk.
I am enthralled and shocked and really disgusted. What the guy is pulling out of his trunk are dead animals. I can't exactly tell what they were from across the street. They certainly weren't chicken, or rabbit. Like I said, I am pretty much used to little dead things.
But these were big dead things. They weren't big enough for cows. It must have been like goat, or dear or something. What was truly weird is that it was the whole damn animal. And that it was being pulled out of the trunk of some guy's car. And that there was no questions of sanitaryness. He was just pulling them out of the trunk and slinging them over his shoulder.
He had about three up there when he closed the trunk and went into Al-Noor Halal Meat. Well, that was the disgusting part of the story, this is the disturbing bit:
This was the first time I got to be thinking about that store. After having passed it two times a day, every day for the last six months I never really took the time before. I looked up because I hadn't known the stores name and that was when I noticed the store next to it had a sign saying "Laundry." Looking back down, I realized that there was no laundry there. No, "Al-Noor Halal" and "Laundry," although they had two distinct signs, were in fact one store.
A one-stop laundromat/butcher?
Is it not really a butcher, but a place to get your meat cleaned?
And if, the "Meat" part of "Al-Noor Halal Meat" doesn't have the same meaning it does in English as it does in whatever the hell language that is, why was the guy bringing the dead goats in there?
I don't know the answer to those or any of the other questions that popped into my head, and I hope to never to learn the real answer. That's a case for Mulder and Scully. Or Scully and that guy from Terminator 2.
al noor is the name of the store. al noor means the light in arabic. halal means it (the animal) has been slaughtered in such a way as to make it allowed for muslims to eat (akin to kosher for jews).
by ronin at August 1, 2003 10:32 AM
/b>Can anyone tell me what is aHALAL slaughter?
i see meat in my supermarket but not really sure what the difference if any is in in the way the animals are killed, Could anyone please tell me as my hubby says BETTER NOT NOT REALLY SURE ABOUT IT!!!
Silly or is he? Can anyone explain it to us .
by YVONNE at November 20, 2003 12:03 PM
To simipfly this is to say that the animals are hanged upside down and their throats cut as to drain the blood from the animal. And of course when the muslim butcher kills the animal he always says "in the name of God,(Allah). When a animal is stunned like they do at most butcher houses, the animals blood settles into the meat, It has been proven by scientist that when you eat meat the more blood it contains the harder your body has to work to remove the extra toxins that are the in blood of the animal Uric Acid is one of these toxins.
by debra at November 9, 2004 1:05 PM
The Islamic method of slaughtering animals, known as Zabiha has been the object of much criticism from a large number of people.
The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good culture medium for micro organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.
2. Blood is a good medium for germs and bacteria
Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.
3. Meat remains fresh for a longer time
Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.
4. Animal does not feel pain
The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles defecient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.
by: Zakir Naik
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by joe shaw at February 14, 2006 4:26 PM