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.

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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.

Appealing to the dead for help in places such as domed sepulchers, shrines, graves etc

Question 8: What is the ruling on those who put some money as charity in vows boxes that are placed inside the domed sepulchers of some righteous deceased persons; the ruling on those who ask for blessings from the deceased persons; the ruling on those who ask for blessings from deceased persons through applying perfume; and the ruling on those who circumambulate the graves of righteous deceased persons to obtain blessings from them? Also, while the music is being played, some people sing some poems including some words such as: “Give me strength, Shaykh `Abd al-Raheem”, or “Give me strength, Shaykh Ibraaheem”?

Answer: Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from the dead is an act of major Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship that takes the Muslim out of Islaam). If they intend to take the deceased as means to obtain blessings from Allaah (Exalted be He), it is a path to Shirk... read more here.

Refuting the claim that celebrating the “Mawlid is a good innovation”

Question 9: Our question is about celebrating the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday), is it Bidd`ah (innovation in Islaam)? I heard in some places and from some scholars that it is a good Bidd`ah and Allaah knows best, may Allaah bless you!

Answer: Celebrating the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and righteous people is Bidd`ah which began in recent centuries, after the best three centuries of Islaam: the first, the second and the third centuries after Hijrah. It is one of the Bidd`ahs which some people have introduced into Islaam out of love for such celebrations, thinking that it is a good thing to do. The correct opinion, according to verifying scholars, is that such celebrations are Bidd`ah… read more here.

Is it true that the Prophet attends Mawlid celebrations?

Question 8: What is the ruling on celebrating Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s birthday)? Is it true that the Prophet (peace be upon him) attends it in person?

Answer: Honoring the Prophet (peace be upon him) can be achieved by believing in his message and acting according to the Law revealed by Allaah through him, whereas celebrating his birthday is an act of Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islaam) that is not part of it will have it rejected. It is not authentically proven that the Prophet (peace be upon him) attends anywhere after his death. The basic rule is the non-occurrence of that. Accordingly, we should abide by this fact until otherwise is proven… read more here.

Ruling on Tabarruk from the Prophet’s grave and saying “Universe was created for the Prophet”

Question 7: Muslim brothers, I want you to enlighten me and answer a question that worries me a great deal about the beloved and chosen Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, his family and Companions. Muslim brothers, I heard some Shaykhs in the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) ceremonies saying that if it were not for Muhammad (peace be upon him), the heavens and the earth would not have been created, and that Allaah created him (the Prophet) before Aadam (peace be upon him) by thousands of years. They also say that Allaah (may He be Exalted and Glorified) has created the sun from the light of the Prophet’s forehead, the stars from the light of his teeth and many other similar things which I cannot recall. I also hear that “Laa ilaahaa illaa Allaah, Muhammad Rasool-ul Allaah” (There is no deity but Allaah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah) is written on the gate of Jannah (Paradise)…

Answer: First: Celebrating the birth of the Messenger (peace be upon him) is an act of Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion) that was neither observed by him (peace be upon him) nor by any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs nor his Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet, may Allaah be pleased with them). It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected.read more here.

Did the Barakah of the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) end with his death?

Question 329: Did the Barakah (blessings) of the Messenger (peace be upon him) end with his death?

Answer: Tabarruk (seeking blessings) from the Messenger (peace be upon him), his sweat, and the water he used for Wudoo’ (ablution) was permissible during his lifetime, for it was possible to obtain these things and seek Tabarruk from them. However, this is not permissible after his death, as these things ended with his death and can no longer be obtained... read more here.