Slaughtering animals to entertain guests or out of generosity towards one’s family

Question: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Allaah curses the person who offers a sacrifice to anyone other than Allaah … what is meant by this exactly given that here in the South when we slaughter animals to entertain guests or as meat for the household, people say, “In the Name of Allaah and upon the religion of the Messenger of Allaah, this is a Sadaqah (voluntary charity) purely for the Sake of Allaah. O Allaah! Please grant the reward for this to me and my household?”

Answer: What is meant by this Hadeeth is the prohibition of offering sacrifices to the dead prophets or Awliyaa’ (pious people), seeking their blessing; or offering sacrifices to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), so as to please them and in return seek fulfillment of demands or to ward off their evil… read more here.

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