Question: Slaughtering animals for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is prohibited and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). What is the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) ruling on slaughtering animals for guests or relatives?
Answer: Slaughtering animals to draw closer to the person for whom the animals are slaughtered, or for the sake of bringing benefit or removing harm is Shirk. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed the person who slaughters for any one other than Allaah… read more here.
Question: There are some people who are known as Arab witch doctors. When someone who is sick, including those who are possessed by Jinn, visit those doctors, they advise them to slaughter certain kinds of chickens having specific colors; for example a black or white rooster.The blood of this slaughtered bird, which is probably slaughtered without mentioning the Name of Allaah, is then applied to the body of the sick person. What is the ruling on this practice?
Answer: Slaughtering a sacrifice to other than Allaah (Exalted be He) is major Shirk (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah), as He (Exalted be He) commands saying (what means… read more here.
Question: There is a group of people residing in a neighboring valley called Umm Al-Safaa’. At the beginning of every summer, they purchase a bull or a cow and slaughter it at Al-Safa’. This happens every year, at the beginning of summer. I see this as an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because they slaughter this animal to those who live in the valley from Jinn and devils, and other superstitions.They do this at the beginning of the year in one specific place. If it was done anywhere, it would not be a problem, because it would be done for Allaah. What is the ruling on this practice? Is it an act of Shirk? If not, why not?
Answer: If the situation is as you described and they offer sacrificial animals in this valley for the Jinn, it is a major form of Shirk that takes the person who performs it out of Islaam. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.
Question: Is it an act of Kufr (disbelief) if someone claims that eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks (people who associate others with Allaah in worship) is lawful on the grounds that Allaah says: So eat of that (meat) on which Allaah’s Name has been pronounced (while slaughtering the animal), if you are believers in His Aayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). ? They argue that the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) is self-explanatory, stick to their opinion, and do not accept anyone’s advice; are they considered kaafirs (disbelievers)?
Answer: Whoever regards eating from the meat of animals slaughtered by Mushriks as lawful – if Allaah’s Name is mentioned at slaughtering – is wrong. However, they are not Kaafirs, as there is a doubtful matter, but there is no proof for this view in the Aayah… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on people who adhere to the pillars of Islaam but slaughter animals for the sake of Jinn (creatures created from fire)or make Du`aa’ (supplication) to them to fulfill their needs? Are they excused for being ignorant of the fact that Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) prohibits such practices? Can they be called Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) even before the matter is explained to them?
Answer: It is obligatory for those who have knowledge of true Tawheed (monotheism) and who know of those people’s practices to explain to them that sacrificing animals for the sake of Jinn, prophets, angels or idols is considered an act of Al-Shirk Al-Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah) which takes them out of Islaam… read more here.
Question: Some religious brothers come to us in the desert and advise us that if people slaughter animals as a sacrifice to the Jinn (creatures created from fire), their Salaah and Hajj will be invalid. When I heard this from them, I repented to Allaah for sacrificing animals to the Jinn. I had already performed Hajj, but they tell me that my previous Hajj is invalid. Is my Hajj valid or not? If it is invalid, should I perform Hajj again.
Answer: Sacrificing animals to the Jinn is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). If a person who commits this dies before repenting to Allaah, he will abide eternally in Hellfire… read more here.
Question: Some people claim that Allaah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) used to offer sacrifices and give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) on behalf of Khadeejah. They take this as evidence allowing them to offer sacrifices at the graves and claim that they give Sadaqah on behalf of the dead. Is this permissible?
Answer: What the Prophet (peace be upon him) did is different from these people’s deeds, because he did not offer sacrifices at the graves or for Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from pious people, rather; he sacrificed to draw closer to Allaah and distributed the meat to the friends of Khadeejah (may Allaah be pleased with them) as a Sadaqah and to maintain ties of kinship with them… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on vowing or slaughtering for the Awliyaa’ (pious people), or making Tawaaf (circumambulation) around their graves? Who are the Awliyaa’ in the sight of Islaam? Besides, is it permissible that someone asks the Awliyaa’, whether they are alive or dead, to make Du`aa’ (supplication) for them?
Answer: Slaughtering or vowing for the sake of dead people is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A Walee is a person who obeys Allaah by doing what He commands and avoiding what He prohibits even if he is not supported by Karaamaat (extraordinary events performed by a pious person)… read more here.
Question: My wife is affected with a physical illness called “Al-Zar.” It is a type of epilepsy which is a result of our friendship with some people suffering from the same illness. When they love or befriend someone, they transfer it to them. If a person catches it, they will not be cured until one of those friends treats them.
The question is: My wife wants me to offer a sacrifice to Allaah to cure her from this illness. As I don’t know whether this is intended for Allaah or her friend, I refused. However, she mortgaged her jewelry to offer a sacrifice. Is this permissible or not? What should I do? Answer me please. May Allaah reward you!
Answer: Offering sacrifice for anyone other than Allaah is considered an act of Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed those who offered sacrifices for anyone other than Allaah… read more here.
Question: Among the cures that they use for treating people is to slaughter a sheep or a chicken on a patient’s chest or head; or to put some silver rings in the patient’s hand, or a small piece of cloth or a handful of dust, which I think they claim it to be of the clothing or grave dust of a pious relative of theirs. What is the ruling on seeking treatment through such ways? Is it permissible to trust in what such people say?
Answer: It is Haraam (prohibited) to sacrifice to other than Allaah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed those who slaughter a sacrifice to other than Allaah, which is considered a form of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.
Question: There are some religious figures who beat tambourines and drums and build Masjids (mosques) on graves. They sacrifice sheep, cows, camels, etc. For these graves and collect money from people monthly and yearly. Are they included in those meant by the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) that declares: “Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. ?
Answer: Yes, they are included in the people meant by the Aayah, for their sacrificing for the sake of anyone other than Allaah is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on whoever eats from this sacrifice?
Answer: Whoever eats from this sacrifice is sinful, as Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on a person who slaughters animals at shrines and invokes their inhabitants for help and support in bringing benefit and warding off harm?
Answer: Slaughtering (sacrificing) at shrines is considered major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on visiting the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people)? When people experience drought or illness or anything similar, they offer a sheep or a chicken with the intention that Allaah may send rain or cure their sick!
Answer: This is not permissible; it is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.
Question: There are many shaykhs in my country who do the following things: when someone falls sick, people take them to these shaykhs who recite Aayaat of the Qur’aan over them and ask them to bring a ram, a bull, a camel, or other livestock. People pay them large sums of money throughout the year and they go to them. Are these practices prohibited according to our Deen (religion)?
Answer: Firstly, It is not permissible to slaughter camels, cows, sheep, or anything else over the graves… read more here.
Question: There is a grave of a Walee (pious person) at which people offer sacrificial animals every year. They do so with the intention of saying supplication and giving charity on behalf of the dead. They even invoke the dwellers of the graves for rain. These ignorant Muslims do not know the ruling on these acts or they may know it but choose to disregard it, so please, give us your Fatwaa regarding this issue.
Answer: All that you mentioned concerning offering sacrificial animals at the grave of the Walee is an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). There is a detailed discussion about invoking them (other than Allaah) and seeking their help for rain or anything else among similar acts of major Shirk… read more here.
Question: Some people have developed an annual tradition on the Day of ‘Aashooraa’ (10th of Muharram) of slaughtering over forty sheep and ewes and over ten cows at the shrines of the so-called Awliyaa’ (pious people). Some ignorant Muslims, who have poor knowledge of the Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law), would gather there and recite the Qur’aan by these graves, claiming that they recite the Qur’aan as a supplication for the dead. They then eat the sacrificed animals. We ask Your Eminence to clarify the legal opinion on this issue supported by proofs from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah.
Answer: First, what you have mentioned in regard to slaughtering sacrifices at the shrines of Awliyaa’ is considered Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.
Question: Some people from the family of the deceased drive animals which they call “Jadf” to be slaughtered at the graves and distributed over the people who are present there. They are slaughtered 100 meters away from the grave. These animals may be sheep, camels or cows. Please advise, dear Shaykh. May Allaah grant you success!
Answer: Slaughtering (sacrificing) at graves is prohibited, and also the so-called “Jadf”, because of its involving purposes of worshiping and drawing close. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Allaah has cursed the one who slaughters (a sacrifice) to other than Allaah. Narrated by Muslim... read more here.
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.
Question: What is the ruling on slaughtering an animal for a dead person who is claimed to be a Walee (pious person) and shrines are built over his grave?
Answer: Slaughtering for the dead person mentioned above is a type of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). A person who slaughters for the sake of this Walee is a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) and an accursed person… read more here.
Question: What is the ruling on making Sujood (Prostration) and slaughtering animals on graves?
Answer: Making Sujood (Prostration) and slaughtering animals at graves are idolatrous habits and acts of Shirk Akbar (major form of associating others in worship with Allaah). Sujood and slaughtering are acts of `Ibaadah (worship) and `Ibaadah should be exclusively confined to Allaah… read more here.
Question: What about the questioner’s saying that such worshippers claimed that they worshipped them only to bring them near to Allaah, thus acknowledging their worship of them, while the latter (group) claimed that they did not worship them but only sought their blessings?
Answer: Consideration is given to facts and meaning and not to words. Thus, if they say that they do not worship them but rather seek their blessings, it would not avail them as long as they perform the practices of the Mushriks preceding them, even if they do not call it worship (as they call it seeking their intercession or blessings). Seeking other than Allaah and invoking the dead, the prophets, and the righteous, and offering sacrifices to them, prostrating to or calling for their help – are all acts of worship, even if they call it service or anything else, since what count are facts and not names, as explained above… read more here.
Question: It is said that the early Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) admitted that they worshipped their gods only to bring them near to Allaah. They were in fact idol worshippers, so how can you declare those you call Qubooriyyoon (i.e.) grave worshippers, to be Mushriks although they do not worship idols or claim that the dead should be worshipped, but they only seek blessings through them?
Answer: Worship is not defined through people’s views but it is determined through Allaah’s Judgment (Glorified and Exalted be He). The early Mushriks are divided into different categories, such as those who worshipped idols, those who worshipped prophets, those who worshipped righteous people, those who worshipped trees, those who worshipped stones, and those who worshipped other things. Thus, they are not on an equal level. However, Allaah declared them all to be disbelievers until they enter His Religion and worship Him Alone. He (Exalted be He) says: Nor would he order you to take angels and Prophets for lords (gods). Would he order you to disbelieve after you have submitted to Allaah’s Will? (Tafseer al-Tabaree). Thus, He declared those who worship the prophets and angels disbelievers if they do not submit to what is right. Moreover, it is well known thatthe people of Al-Ta’eef worshipped Al-Laat, who was a righteous man. However, Allah declared them to be disbelievers until they entered Islaam. Likewise, the Christians would worship the Messiah (Jesus) and his mother, while he was a Prophet and his mother was a Siddeeqah [i.e. she believed in the Words of Allaah and His Books], and in turn they (Christians) were declared disbelievers. The same applies to the Jews who worshipped their rabbis and their monks and worshipped ‘Uzayr (Ezra) claiming that he was the son of the Lord, and in turn they became disbelievers… read more here.