دوشنبه: 1403/04/25

Conditions of slaughtering animals


2603. There are certain conditions for the slaughtering of an animal. They are as follows: -

1. A person, a man or a woman, who slaughters an animal must be a Muslim, and should not display his enmity with the holy household of Prophet (peace be upon Him). An animal can also be slaughtered by a Muslim child who is mature enough to distinguish between good and bad.

2. The animal should be slaughtered with a weapon made of iron. However, if an implement made of iron is not available, and there is a need of slaughtering of an animal, then the animal should be slaughtered with a sharp object which can cut the four main arteries, like glass or sharp stone.

3. At the time of slaughtering the animal, its face, hands, legs and stomach should be facing Qibla. If a person who knows the rule, purposely ignores placing the animal towards Qibla, the animal would become Haraam; but if he forgets or does not know the rule, or makes a mistake in ascertaining the Qibla, or does not know the direction of Qibla, or is unable to turn the animal towards Qibla, there is no objection.
4. When a person wants to slaughter an animal, or places his knife on its throat, he should utter the name of Allah, just as he makes the Niyyat to slaughter, and it suffices if he says ‘Bismillah’ or ‘Alhamdolillah’ or ‘Allahu Akbar’ only, or if he utters 'Allah'. But if he utters the name of Allah without the intention of slaughtering the animal, the slaughtered animal does not become Pak and it is also Haraam to eat its meat. Same rules apply if he does not utter the name of Allah because of ignorance. However, if he did not utter the name of Allah forgetfully, there is no objection.


5. The animal should show some movement after being slaughtered; at least it should move its eyes or tail or strike its foot on the ground or the blood should flow in normal quantity from the slaughtered animal.


Monday / 15 July / 2024