Islam celebrates two great festivals annually - Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha. The first is the great festival that follows the month of Ramadan when the fast is broken. The second occurs about two months later during the month of Zil-Hajj when an animal is sacrificed in commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice of his son.
The actual sacrifice and the method of slaughter:
- A person should slaughter his own animal if he is able to slaughter properly, otherwise he should entrust it to someone to slaughter on his behalf. However it is recommended that he at least be present at the time of slaughter should he be unable to do the actual slaughter. Women are also allowed to slaughter should the laws of separation be observed.
- The animal has to be placed down very gently on its left side, with the throat facing Qiblah
- It is recommended to recite verses 6:79, 6:162 and 6:163 (Al-An'aam - The Cattle) with the addition Allahuma minka walaka (O AllahYou gave it to me and I offer it to You. The complete arabic formulation is: Innee wajjahtu wajhiya lillathee fataraassamawati wal-arda haneefawwama ana mina almushrikeen. Qul inna salatee wanusukeewamahyaya wamamatee lillahi rabbil AAlameen. La shareeka lahu wabithalika omirtu waana awwalul muslimeen. Allahuma minka walaka. Bismillah, Allahu Akbar
- It is essential to recite: Bismillah, Allahu Akbar (In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest)
Video below I recorded in Turkey myself and it shows how animals go through horrible suffering, because they are slaughtered the halal way.
WARNING. Graphic content