Going to soothsayers or their likes who request a sick person to slaughter any animal

Question 347: A healer requests a sick man to bring a she-camel whereby he walks around with all his children four or seven times after gathering them in the house, then, slaughters it. The sick man is supposed to remain in the she-camel’s blood for a period of time. Is this action Haraam (prohibited)? Is it permissible to eat from the she-camel’s meat, knowing that they pronounced the Name of Allaah upon slaughtering it? Please, advise. May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: A sick Muslim is permitted to seek treatment through Islaamically lawful Ruqyah, which involves recitation of Aayaat of the Qur’aan and invocations reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). He may also resort to lawful medicines.

However, visiting soothsayers or the like who request the sick to slaughter a she-camel, a sheep, a chicken, or any animal is not permissible. This is because slaughtering is an act of worship that must be dedicated to Allaah Alone. Allah (Exalted be He) states, Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “Verily, my Salaah (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists). He has no partner. 

It is not permissible to eat from this camel’s meat even if the Name of Allaah is mentioned upon slaughtering, because it was slaughtered for the sake of other than Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) – an act which is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam) that takes the doer out of the pale of Islaam... read more here.

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