To me it is wrong for anyone to make too much fuss unnecessarily on this issue, without knowing what Allah has permitted for us to eat. And we must keep in mind that Allah DO NOT share HIS laws / commands with any others individual regardless who they might be [not even with any prophets]. Therefore to me it is NOT right for anyone to make anything Halal or Harram in Islam save Allah [swt]
The Halal meat issue has mostly become a source of business nowadays, and unfortunately some corrupters are gaining wealth from it by twisting Allah’s law. They even don’t hesitate to insult or criticize those who don’t use their brand of so-called halal meat. And to me they are simply deceiving / misleading ordinarily believers.
Seem they take Allah is unaware of Muslims who are living in a country where they are only minority and the people of the BOOK [Jews/Christians] are majority such as Europe and America, They forget the verses 5:3 does exist and Allah has given the solution already. Yet to them it seems that verses no longer valid, But for me every single law that mention in Al-Quran is for all times therefore it is active on all time till the end.
Since the food is important for our body therefore Allah has also specified very important criteria for His believers with regards to food, such as mentioning His name before eating anything, Also the issue of mention Allah’s Name has been some how misinterpreted by them commercial Imam [so-called scholars ] to say it is compulsory to uttering Allah’s name on time of actual slaughtering instead of before eating or before lining up the animal.
Anyway please read all related verses below to understand this subject clearly. Also please note them translation either my understanding or the translation which I think is near enough to the Arabic verses. But to me all translation may have error due to understanding of the translator.
The Quran 2:168
O mankind, eat from whatever is on earth [that is] lawful and good and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.
The Quran 2:172
O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.
The Quran 2:173
He has forbidden you only carrion, and blood, and swine flesh, and that which has been immolated to (the name of) any other than Allah. But he who is driven by necessity, neither craving nor transgressing, it is no sin for him. Surely! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
The Quran 5:3
Forbidden to you is that which is already dead, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what was sacrificed to other than Allah, and that which has been strangled, and that which has been beaten to death, and that which has fallen from a height, and that which has been gored, and that which the wild animals have eaten from except what you managed to rescue[alive and slaughter it] , and what has been slaughtered on alters, and what you divide by the arrows of chance. This is all vile. Today the rejecters have given up from your system, so do not fear them, but fear Me. The day I have perfected your system[ deen] for you, and completed My blessings upon you, and I have accepted Islam as the system for you. So, whoever is forced by severe hunger and not seeking sin, then Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
The Quran 5:4
They ask you, Prophet, what is lawful for them. Say, ‘All good things are lawful for you.’ what you have taught your birds and beasts of prey to catch, teaching them as Allah has taught you, so eat what they catch for you, but first pronounce Allah’s name over it. Be mindful of God: He is swift to take account.
The Quran 5:5
The day, the good things have been made lawful to you, and the food of those who have been given the Scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them; and the independent from the believing women, and the independent from the people of the Scripture before you, if you have given them their dowries, protected, chaste, and not seeking to take lovers. And whoever rejects belief, then his work has fallen, and in the Hereafter he is of the losers.
The Quran 5:88
And eat of what Allah has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And fear Allah, in whom you are believers.
The Quran 16:114
So eat of the lawful and good food which Allah hath provided for you, and thank the bounty of your Lord if it is Him ye serve.
The Quran 16:115
He has only forbidden to you dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit] - then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.
The Quran 16:116
Do not say falsely, ‘This is lawful and that is forbidden,’ inventing a lie about Allah those who invent lies about Allah will not prosper
The Quran 6:118
Eat from that over which Allah’s Name has been mentioned, if you are believers in His signs.
The Quran 6:119
And why should you not eat that on which Allah's name has been mentioned, when He has fully detailed to you what has been made forbidden; except what you are forced to Many misguide by their desires without knowledge; your Lord is fully aware of the transgressors.
The Quran 6:145
Say, "I do not find within that which was revealed to me [anything] forbidden to one who would eat it unless it be a dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine - for indeed, it is impure - or it be [that slaughtered in] disobedience, dedicated to other than Allah. But whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], then indeed, your Lord is Forgiving and Merciful."
The Quran 22:36
And the camels and cattle We have appointed for you as among the symbols of Allah ; for you therein is good. So mention the name of Allah upon them when lined up [for sacrifice]; and when they are [lifeless] on their sides, then eat from them and feed the needy and the beggar. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may be grateful.
The Quran 22:37
Their meat will not reach Allah , nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good.
The Quran 66:1
O Prophet! Why do you prohibit [yourself] what Allah has made lawful for you, seeking to please your wives? And Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.
MY UNDERSTANDING RELATED TO THEM ABOVE VERSES
[2:168] Indicate we can eat everything which is lawful [in AQ] and good and need and avoid Satan [whom may invent things and add onto Islam as halal or haram].
[2:172] Also need to be grateful to Allah
[2:173] Allah has forbidden Carrion, Blood, Swine flesh, and them animal which been immolated with name other than Allah. But on extreme necessity it will not count as sinful because Allah is most Forgiving, Merciful.
[ 5:3 ] Indicate further forbidden any animal that been Strangled or beaten to death, or fallen from a height, or has been gored, or that which wild animals have eaten from except what you managed to rescue [alive and slaughter it] , and what has been slaughtered on alters, and what you divide by the arrows of chance.
[5:4 ] Indicate All good things are lawful to us or if we trained our birds or beasts [e.g dog] of prey to catch, but need to pronounce Allah’s name over it.
[5:5] Indicate the food of those who have been given the Scripture is lawful and our food is lawful for them
[ 5:88] Indicate we need eat of what Allah has provided lawful and good. And need to believe and fear Allah alone.
[16:114] indicate we need to eat lawful and good food while thanking Allah for such bounty He provided us.
[6:115] Indicate what he forbidden Dead Animals / Blood / Swine Flesh / Animal which dedicated to other than Allah. Also it mention if forced or used as extreme necessity while not transgressing its limit then Allah will forgiving us for such situation.
[16:116] indicate no one should say falsely that or this lawful or forbidden, to avoid inventing lie on Allah.
[6:118] indicate we need to EAT that what Allah’s Name been mentioned
[6:119 ] indicate Allah has given detailed information of what haram therefore why should we not eat what Allah’s name mentioned. Also it mention of misguided and their desires and Allah knows the transgressors.
[6:145] indicate some will make thing haraam, therefore we should only avoid what Allah mention as haram such as dead animal or blood spilled out or the flesh of swine or something dedicated to other than Allah. But Allah will forgive if any of us eat due to necessity or unknowingly
[22:36] Is related to animal sacrifice in the Hajj but we learn from it that when we have opportunity to slaughter, we should mention Allah’s name and eat from it and be grateful to Allah .
[22:37] This also related to Hajj which also indicate Allah’s commandment is for our own good therefore we should glorify Allah for guiding us
[66:1] This clearly prove even prophet has no ability to make anything haraam which Allah has made Halal.
Since the verse 6:118 is only indicating us to utter Allah's name before eating anything and it does not say before slaughtering, so there must be reason to it ? Also I believe on the time of prophet it was common practice for people especially the Mushreek to slaughter animal with other gods / illa name and may be for that reason Allah order believer to mention Allah’s name instead of other gods name, and that’s what that verse indicating to. and following verse [6:119] does also indicate to such issue.
Also since [5:5] Indicate Allah made lawful for believers to eat food of previous revelation / prophets followers such as [ Jews Christians ] Yet we don’t find them mentioning Allah’s name when they slaughter as their normal practice BUT they DO NOT mention other gods name either, therefore may be that was the reason Allah allowed us to eat their foods.
However to me it is very important to obey, believe and follow Al-Quran strictly especially 11 category which mention on the verse 5:3 to be avoided.
Also since most of the time Al-Quran mention word PURE therefore I need to eat whatever is only good pure and healthy.
Some label Muslim religious leaders has exaggerate this issue and benefiting from it by setting organisation such as HMC and other type such company in the western country.
To me I should not forget to mention Allah’s name if I slaughter any animal, NOT because for making it Halal, but rather not to think I have power of taking anything/anyone lives, But it is Allah who has the ultimate power on everything HE give and take life [Allah knows Best ]