Assalamualaikum, I had a question about meat slaughtered vertically. I know some restaurants that get their meat from Creekstone Farms which according to what I know do a hand slaughter but they slaughter the cow vertically. Is this permissable or not?
بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم
الجواب حامداً ومصلياً
As-salāmu ʿalaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.
The vertical cut method is accepted by some halal certifying agencies. However, many scholars have expressed their reservations that this method fulfills the requirements for a valid Islamic slaughter to take place. Their position (that it is impermissible) is more cautious, and it is the one that I personally follow.
For more information, please refer to: https://www.amjaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2012-10-vertical.pdf.
Note: This is not meant to be a statement on any specific brand or producer. It is simply a statement on the Sharʿī status of a slaughter method.
والله تعالى أعلم وعلمه أتم وبه التوفيق
And Allāh Taʿālā Knows Best
Muftī Mohammed Wahaajuddin bin Salauddin
(May Allāh forgive him and his parents)