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Zabiha (Halal Meat) Debate - Yasir Birjas vs Yasir Qadhi Part 1/2

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A friendly debate between Yasir Birjas and Yasir Qadhi at the Texas Dawah Convention on the issue of eating the slaughtered chicken of non-Muslims here in America. For those that may not know, just as the Jews have Kosher in which the animal must be slaughtered a certain way before it can be eaten, similarly in Islam there is a certain way the meat should be slaughtered known as Zabiha to Muslims or more commonly "Halal Meat." The debate is about one of the conditions of zabiha which can make the difference of eating or not eating chicken from non-Muslim restaurants in America. Throughout history the scholars have differed over this issue. Yasir Birjas holds the view it is permissible whereas Yasir Qadhi holds the view that it is not permissible. Watch the debate to see their arguments.

NOTE: The term "Ahl ul Kitaab" referred to in the debate refers to the Jews and Christians.

Brief Bio of the debaters:

Yaser Birjas is originally from the holy land of Palestine and was born in Kuwait. He graduated as class valedictorian with the highest honors from University of Madinah's College of Shariah (Fiqh and Usul) in 1996. He had the honor to interact and learn from a number of highly respected scholars such as Shaikh Ash-Shanqitee and Shaikh Al-Uthaimeen (rahimahu Allah).

After graduating from the University of Madinah, Yaser Birjas went on to work as a youth counselor and relief program aide in war-torn Bosnia. Thereafter, he immigrated to the U.S. where he is presently an Imam (spiritual leader and advisor) at The Islamic Center in El Paso, Texas. He is also an instructor at AlMaghrib Institute, an organization that provides trademark double-weekend seminars leading its students towards a bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies.
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Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah.

His published works include Riya'a: The Hidden Shirk, Du'aa: The Weapon of the Believer, and An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an.

Yasir Qadhi is currently pursuing his doctorate, in Religious Studies, at Yale University in New Haven, CT. At AlMaghrib Instiute he teaches the Light of Guidance and the Light Upon Light seminars, which focus on Islamic creed (aqeedah).

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