Question 16: What is the ruling on slaughtering sacrificial animals for six days beginning with the day of `Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) as an act becoming closer to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He)? All the people of my village offer these sacrifices. Every home buys a sheep and slaughters it on this occasion justifying it by saying that it is an old custom established by their fathers and ancestors. Throughout the six days, each group of people, including women and children, is assigned one day to distribute the meat to the neighborhood. They slaughter their sacrificial animals and gather to eat all the meat leaving nothing at all. Was this practiced during the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) or the Salaf (righteous predecessors)? Give us a Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar), may Allaah reward you with the best! Am I sinful for having done this in the past before knowing your Fatwaa? If I stop doing so from now on, am I liable for any Kaffaarah (expiation)? Give us Fatwaa, may Allaah reward you with the best!
Answer: If the case is as you mention, i.e. you customarily slaughter sacrifices thinking that they bring you closer to Allaah during `Eed-ul-Fitr, this act is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) that you must forsake. In fact, a Muslim should not slaughter unless it is following a practice ordained by Allaah at times ordained by Allaah, such as Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) and Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims)… read more here.