Praying behind an Imaam who eats the meat of animals slaughtered for other than Allaah

Question: What is the ruling on being led in Salaah (Prayer) by someone who eats the meat of animals sacrificed for other than Allaah and yet claims to have pronounced the Name of Allaah on them?

Answer: Sacrificing animals for anyone other than Allaah is considered an act of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship). In such case, the sacrificed animal is regarded as carrion even if the slaughterer has pronounced the Name of Allaah on it… read more here.

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Slaughtering animals on special occasions with the intention of drawing close to Allaah

Question: What is the ruling on offering sacrificial meat as Sadaqah (voluntary charity) which I intend for the sake of Allaah (Exalted be He) following my son’s success, his escape from a car accident or any other happy occasion? Is it permissible for me to eat from this meat offered as Sadaqah? Kindly take note that I offer this Sadaqah without having made a vow or an oath by Allaah. Please guide me regarding this act and advise me on the proper conduct I should follow. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: In essence, actions are based on intention, which forms an essential condition for earning reward from Allaah for one’s good actions. Therefore, Muslims should intend by every expense they pay to draw closer to Allaah (Exalted be He)… read more here.