December 29th, 2008 by Shakir Lakhani

Years ago, in the book “Bhowani Junction” (which was made into a film and shot in Lahore), I read about Sikhs not being allowed to eat “halal” meat. I thought the writer might have made a mistake, since Sikhs (believing in one God) are closer to Muslims than Hindus. But now I have come across someone else saying the same thing, in fact it is Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the supreme temporal body of the Sikhs. In today’s Times of India, there is an article entitled “Those who trim hair, beard are not true Sikhs: SGPC”,. I have no quarrel with that, since this is the only visible feature of Sikhs which makes them stand out from others.. But then the article says, (and this I cannot understand), “Sikhs should abstain from liquor, cigar and halal meat”.

Of course, what they eat or drink is their own business, but why this ban on halal meat? If there’s a Sikh scholar who’s reading this, I’ll be grateful if he can explain this peculiar tenet for being a true Sikh.

  1. Anonymous January 01, 2009 12:23 am  

    sikhs dont eat halal meat becoz when they cut the animal they pray during the period and the animal has more pain as it takes a longer time to kill the animal. for e.g if you're shot and have no chances of living and you're in unbearable pain wouldn't you want some one to kill you so that you would not suffer through the pain????????

    that's the reason why

  2. Anonymous January 01, 2009 3:11 pm  

    Respected "anonymous Bhai", i do not agree with you. According to Qur'an the way muslims slaughter the animals(Halal) is least painful(Proved Scientifically). Doctors say when you slaughter an animal, the way the muslims do, there nervous system is also cut down hence they do not feel even slightest bit of pain. And the movements which the animals make during the whole session is not because of pain but that is due to contraction of muscle tissues when the blood comes out.
    The way others do it is Haram(i.e. not Halal). Some just like to chicken give a jerk holding from head or just turn the head around to kill it. In this way blooding occurs inside the body and can cause infection. Because Qur'an says and doctors proved that blood offen carries infectious diseases. So i would request your organization SGPC to plz research on this topic and give a better advice to Sikh community.

  3. Anonymous March 16, 2009 12:09 pm  

    what can they eat that sikhs eat that is not that hared to make and not much time?

  4. Anonymous June 05, 2009 2:11 pm  

    You are mistaken.

    The ban is on Kuttha Meat.

    Kuttha Meat = any ritual, or religiously sacrificed meat.

    This can include Kosher, Halal, and even Hindu meat for Bali.