Eating the meat of a sacrificial animal slaughtered on the occasion of the Mawlid

Question: Is it permissible to eat from the meat slaughtered in commemoration of the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) or any other birth anniversary?

Answer: Sacrificing animals on the occasion of commemorating the birth of a prophet or a Walee (pious person) to glorify them is judged as sacrificing an animal to other than Allaah, which is Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Eating the meat of the sacrificial animal offered for a Walee

Question: In our country, there are some people who visit the graves of Awliyaa’ (pious people) and slaughter sacrificial animals with the intention of vowing for the sake of their dwellers. After that they distribute the meat of these sacrificial animals between the neighbors of the grave or the shrine they have visited.Is it lawful to eat the meat of a sacrificial animal that is slaughtered for the Waliy or does this fall under what is mentioned in the saying of Allaah (Exalted be He): Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytah (the dead animals- cattle- beast not slaughtered), blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which Allaah’s Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering ?

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, then it is not permissible to eat this meat because it is considered slaughtered for other than Allaah and this is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), for Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Believing in Muhammad, then associating others in worship with Allaah

Question: Some scholars say: “The Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah (nation) should be similar in status to the People of the Book with regard to the permissibility of eating the animals they slaughter and marrying their women. They justify this by saying that the Book of the Jews is the Tawraah (Torah) and their prophet is Moosaa (Moses) even if they are liars.The same applies to the Christians. Their Book is the Injeel (Gospel) and their prophet is ‘Eesaa (Jesus) even if they are liars. These people claim to be the followers of their prophets but they have abandoned their religions. Those resemble the Mushriks (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) of this Ummah. They claim that their Book is the Qur’aan and that their Prophet is Muhammad (peace be upon him). Therefore, it is permissible to marry their women and to eat the animals they slaughter and the same is permissible with regard to the People of the Book.

Answer: Whoever believes in Muhammad (peace be upon him) then associates others in worship with Allaah through making Sujood (Prostration), vowing or slaughtering for anyone other than Allaah is not similar to the People of the Book... read more here.

Slaughtering on the threshold of a new house

Question: In Al-Riyadh newspaper, Issue no. 6411 of 01-05-1406 A.H., we read an article, of which a photocopy is included, under the following title “Slaughtering on the Threshold of the New House”. The editor wonders whether this belief is valid as it is a habit that some people have. The editor proceeded: I do not know where this custom of slaughtering on the threshold of a new house comes from. However, it is customary that slaughtering in this way as well as before entering is believed to be one of the most important means of fending off the evil eye, blessing the house, and avoiding harmful calamities and accidents. We believe that caution does not ward off predestination and thus, we do not know whether this belief is valid or not. Any way, this point is worthy of consideration.

Answer: If this habit is practiced as a means of satisfying Jinn (creatures created from fire) and avoiding calamities and unpleasant incidents, as it appears from what was mentioned that the slaughtering takes place before entering the house and specifically on the threshold, it will be regarded not only as an unlawful habit but also as Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

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.

Slaughtering animals for other than Allaah

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.

The superstition of slaughtering animals to pass safely through a valley

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.

Claiming the lawfulness of eating the slaughtered animal of a Mushrik

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.

Slaughtering animals for the jinn and invoking them to fulfill a need

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.

Slaughtering animals for Jinn

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.

Slaughtering animals at shrines

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.

Going around the graves of the Awliyaa’ (pious people)

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.

Slaughtering animals to cure diseases

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.

Seeking healing by slaughtering sheep or chickens

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.

Slaughtering in the Name of Allaah to feed guests or relatives

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.

Eating from animals slaughtered at shrines

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.

Slaughtering animals at shrines

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.

Visiting the graves of Awliyaa’ and asking them to fulfill one’s needs

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.

Slaughtering animals at graves and making Ruqyah by other than the Qur’aan

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.

Slaughtering animals at the graves of the Awliyaa’ and supplicating through them

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.

Slaughtering animals at the graves of Awliyaa’

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.

Slaughtering at graves

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.

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.

Slaughtering animals for a so-called Walee and building a shrine over his grave

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.

Prostrating and slaughtering animals at graves

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.

Slaughtering animals for seeking their blessings or fending off afflictions

Question: Some people practice the custom of sacrificing animals at the grave of a person whom they believe to be one of the Awliyaa’ (pious people). They also assign a share of their tilth and cattle to these “so-called” Awliyaa’ for the purpose of seeking their blessings or fending off afflictions to their children and their means of livelihood.

Answer: Islaam prohibits the sacrificing of animals or distribution of food or fruits near graveyards… read more here.