Feeding Pets With The Meat of Animal Sacrifice?

What is the ruling of feeding the meat of animal sacrifice to pets such as cats?

Allah states (which means):

“That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So, eat of them and feed the miserable and poor.” [Al-Quran, Surah al-Hajj, verse no. 28]

The above verse clearly states that the meat of the sacrificial animal is of benefit for humans and not to the animals. However, it is not an offense to feed the sacrificial meat to pets for it is included under tasarruf (consumption). Especially when one has tried his hardest to benefit the sacrificial meat the best he could from the meat such as the meat, bones, and skin, but there is still some excess, then the sacrificial meat can be fed to other animals and it is better than just being thrown away.

Feeding hungry animals is a form of compassion act towards the creations of Allah. From Syaddad bin Aus, the Prophet said (which means):

“Verily Allah has prescribed Ihsan (proficiency, perfection) in all things.” [Narrated in Sahih Muslim no. 1955]

The Prophet told a story regarding a man who gave a drink to a thirsty dog using his shoe and Allah bless the man and forgive him. Then (the Companions around him) said: Allah’s Messenger, is there for us a reward even for (serving) such animals? He said (which means):

“Yes, there is a reward for service to every living animal.” [Narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari no. 2363]

This means, compassion and doing good to all the creations will be rewarded. Furthermore, Islam reproaches a person who neglects to feed his pet. Ibnu Umar narrated that the Prophet said (which means):

“A woman entered the (Hell) Fire because of a cat which she had tied, neither giving it food nor setting it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.” [Narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari no. 3318].

Hence, feeding pets with some of the sacrificial meat is neither sinful nor prohibited. This includes hungry animals on the streets.

Wallahua’lam.

Taken with slight changes from https://muftiwp.gov.my/en/artikel/irsyad-fatwa/irsyad-fatwa-haji-korban-cat/1074-irsyad-al-fatwa-hajj-and-qorban-series-18-feeding-the-pets-with-the-meat-of-animal-sacrifice?fbclid=IwAR1h15fCLLGmG_k_RWO-XJEnRfULZyrI3oRiqfpjqN7eyOgQ0ItLtPSisxc


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Humane Treatment of Animals.

The compassion and mercy of Islam not only encompasses humanity, but also extends to all creatures in the world.

God, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us.  We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink.  We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship.  We survive a critical illness and live longer because of biomedical research on animals.  We visit zoos and aquariums to gain an appreciation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth.  We benefit from specially trained dogs that detect drugs, guide the blind, and assist the disabled. God says in the Quran (which means):

“And the cattle, He has created them for you.  You have in them warm clothing and (other) advantages, and of them you eat.  And therein is beauty for you, when you drive them back (home) and when you send them out (to pasture).  And they carry your heavy loads to regions which you could not reach but with great distress to yourselves.  Surely your Lord is Compassionate, Merciful.  And (He made) horses and mules and asses that you might ride upon them and as an ornament.  And He creates what you know not.” [Al-Quran, surah An-Nahl, verse 5-8]

The mercy of Islam extends beyond human beings to all living creations of God.  Islam prohibits cruelty to animals.  Fourteen hundred years ago, long before the modern animal rights movement began with the publication of Peter Singer’s book, “Animal Liberation,” in 1975, Islam required kindness to animals and cruelty to them a sufficient reason for a person to be thrown into the Fire!

Once, the Prophet of Mercy spoke of God’s forgiveness due to the humane treatment of animals.  He told his companions the story of a man who got thirsty on his way.  He found a  well, climbed down inside it to the water, and quenched his thirst.  When he came out he saw a panting dog licking on mud out of extreme thirst.  The man thought to himself, ‘The dog has become as thirsty as I was!’  The man went down the well again and got some water for the dog.  God appreciated his good work and forgave him.  The companions asked, ‘O Prophet of God, do we get rewarded on humane treatment of animals?’  He said, ‘There is a reward in (doing good to) every living being.’ [Refer to Sahih Al-Bukhari]

On another occasion, Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, described God’s punishment of a woman who was sent to Hell because of a cat.  She kept her locked up, neither feeding her nor setting her free to feed herself. [Refer to Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Islam laid down humane slaughtering regulations.  Islam insists that the manner of slaughter should be that which is least painful to the animal.  Islam requires that the slaughtering instrument not be sharpened in front of the animal.  Islam also prohibits the slaughtering of one animal in front of another.  Never, prior to Islam, had the world witnessed such concern for animals.

Humane Islamic treatment of animals can be summarized by the following points:

First, Islam requires that pets or farm animals be provided with proper food, water, and a place to live.  Once the Prophet passed by an emaciated camel due to hunger, he said (which means):

“Fear God in regards to these animals who can not speak their will.  If you ride them, treat them accordingly (by making them strong and fit for that), and if you [plan to] eat them, treat them accordingly (by making them fat and healthy).” [Refer to Sunan Abu Dawud]

Second, an animal should not be beaten or tortured.  Once the Prophet of Mercy passed by an animal branded on his face.  He said, ‘Has it not reached you that I have cursed the one who brands an animal’s face or hits it on its face?’ [Refer to Abu Dawud, Sahih Muslim]. The Prophet of Mercy advised his wife to treat an unruly camel that she was riding kindly. [Refer to Sahih Muslim]. Making animals fight one another for entertainment was also forbidden by the Prophet. [Refer to Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi]

Third, Islam forbids using animals or birds for targets when practicing shooting.  When Ibn Umar, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad saw some people practicing archery using a hen as a target, he said (which means):

“The Prophet cursed anyone who made a living thing into a target (for practice).”

The Prophet Muhammad also said:

“‘Whoever kills a bird or anything else without its due right, God would ask him about it.’  It was said: ‘O Messenger of God!  What is its due right?’  He said: ‘To kill it for food…and do not sever its head, and throw it!’” (Refer to Targheeb)

Shooting at live pigeons was once an Olympic event and today dove shooting is allowed in many places.

Fourth, separating nestling birds from their mothers is not allowed in Islam.

Fifth, it is forbidden to mutilate an animal by cutting off its ears, tails or other body parts without just reason.

Sixth, a sick animal under one’s care should be treated properly.

Through these rules and regulations legislated in regards to animals, the Muslims gains the respect and understanding that other creatures are not to be used and abused as one will, but that they, like humans, have rights which must be given in order to ensure that the justice and mercy of Islam be met to all which inhabit this earth.


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Islam and Animal Rights

Allah, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us. We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink. We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship. We survive a critical illness and live longer because of biomedical research on animals. We visit zoos and aquariums to gain an appreciation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth….

Allah, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us. We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink. We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship.

We survive a critical illness and live longer because of biomedical research on animals. We visit zoos and aquariums to gain an appreciation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth.

We benefit from specially trained dogs that detect drugs, guide the blind, and assist the disabled. God says in the Quran:

“He created man from a sperm-drop; then at once, he is a clear adversary. And the grazing livestock He has created for you; in them is warmth and [numerous] benefits, and from them, you eat. And for you in them is [the enjoyment of] beauty when you bring them in [for the evening] and when you send them out [to pasture]. And they carry your loads to a land you could not have reached except with difficulty to yourselves. Indeed, your Lord is Kind and Merciful. And [He created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and [as] adornment. And He creates that which you do not know.” (Al-Quran, surah Al-Nahl [16], verse 4-8)

The mercy of Islam extends beyond human beings to all living creations of God. Islam prohibits cruelty to animals. Fourteen hundred years ago, long before the modern animal rights movement began with the publication of Peter Singer’s book, “Animal Liberation,” in 1975, Islam required kindness to animals and cruelty to them a sufficient reason for a person to be thrown into the Fire!

Once, the Prophet (Muhammad) of Mercy spoke of God’s forgiveness due to the humane treatment of animals. He told his companions the story of a man who got thirsty on his way.:

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “While a man was walking he felt thirsty and went down a well and drank water from it. On coming out of it, he saw a dog panting and eating mud because of excessive thirst. The man said, ‘This (dog) is suffering from the same problem as that of mine. So he (went down the well), filled his shoe with water, caught hold of it with his teeth and climbed up and watered the dog. Allah thanked him for his (good) deed and forgave him.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Is there a reward for us in serving (the) animals?” He replied, “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.” (Narrated by Abu Huraira, refer Sahih al-Bukhari no. 2363)

On another occasion, Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, described God’s punishment of a woman who was sent to Hell because of a cat. She kept her locked up, neither feeding her nor setting her free to feed herself. (Narrated by Ibn ‘Umar, refer Sahih al-Bukhari no. 3318)

Islam laid down humane slaughtering regulations. Islam insists that the manner of slaughter should be that which is least painful to the animal.

Islam requires that the slaughtering instrument not to be sharpened in front of the animal. Islam also prohibits the slaughtering of one animal in front of another. Never, prior to Islam, had the world witnessed such concern for animals.

Humane Islamic treatment of animals can be summarized by the following points:

1) First, Islam requires that pets or farm animals be provided with proper food, water, and a place to live. Once the Prophet passed by an emaciated camel due to hunger, he said:

Prophet Muhammad said, “Fear God in regards to these animals who can not speak their will. If you ride them, treat them accordingly (by making them strong and fit for that), and if you [plan to] eat them, treat them accordingly (by making them fat and healthy).” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)

2) Second, an animal should not be beaten or tortured. Once the Prophet of Mercy passed by an animal branded on his face. He said, ‘Has it not reached you that I have cursed the one who brands an animal’s face or hits it on its face?’ The Prophet of Mercy advised his wife to treat an unruly camel that she was riding kindly. Making animals fight one another for entertainment was also forbidden by the Prophet.

3) Third, Islam forbids using animals or birds for targets when practising shooting. When Ibn Umar, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad saw some people practising archery using a hen as a target, he said:

“The Prophet cursed anyone who made a living thing into a target (for practice).”

The Prophet Muhammad also said: “‘Whoever kills a bird or anything else without its due right, God would ask him about it.’ It was said: ‘O Messenger of God! What is its due right?’ He said: ‘To kill it for food…and do not sever its head, and throw it!’” (Targheeb)

Shooting at live pigeons was once an Olympic event and today dove shooting is allowed in many places.

4) Fourth, separating nestling birds from their mothers is not allowed in Islam.

5) Fifth, it is forbidden to mutilate an animal by cutting off its ears, tails or other body parts without just reason.

6) Sixth, a sick animal under one’s care should be treated properly.

Through these rules and regulations legislated in regards to animals, the Muslims gains the respect and understanding that other creatures are not to be used and abused as one will, but that they, like humans, have rights which must be given in order to ensure that the justice and mercy of Islam be met to all which inhabit this earth.

Article source: https://www.islamreligion.com/articles/185/humane-treatment-of-animals/

Love of Animals

The Messenger of Allah taught Muslims to have mercy for all of God’s creation. There are many reports of his love for animals, resulting in their historical acceptance among Muslims.

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, taught Muslims to have mercy for all of God’s creation. There are many reports of his love for animals, resulting in their historical acceptance among Muslims. One of it is Narrated by Abu Huraira (which meaning):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A man saw a dog eating mud from (the severity of) thirst. So, that man took a shoe (and filled it) with water and kept on pouring the water for the dog till it quenched its thirst. So Allah approved of his deed and made him to enter Paradise.” [Sahih al-Bukhari 173]

Let us reflect upon this and beware of our duty towards Allah’s creatures, which He has put on earth for our use and not for our abuse. When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was asked if Allah rewarded acts of charity to the animals, he replied: “Yes, there is a reward for acts of charity to every beast alive.

Let us fear Allah with regard to His creatures, lest we earn His Wrath. Let us go forth in support and love for animals, knowing that Allah, The Most High, considers such a deed done for His Sake as being worthy of the reward of Paradise.

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