Islamic Regulations of Hunting and Slaughtering (Food)

FOOD (HUNTING AND SLAUGHTERING)”

Translated by Suheil Laher from

Kitab al-Sayd wal-Dhaba’ih in Mukhtasar al-Quduri

(a summary-text of Hanafi law), with some re-arrangement and editing.

Rulings presented are as inferred from Qur’an and Sunnah by scholars of the Hanafi school.

DISCLAIMER: Information presented here is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as a call to perform or abstain from any specific action mentioned in the text. Religious decisions should be taken with due care and thought, after reading and investigating, but also after consulting with reliable people of knowledge – who are aware of one’s particular circumstances – and then pondering and exercising one’s conscience.

 

 

 

 

 

1.0 HUNTING

1.1 Permissibility

1. The hunting of a Zoroastrian, apostate or idolater may not be eaten.

2. It is permissible to hunt those animals whose meat may be eaten [for the purpose of acquiring food],
and also those which may not be eaten [for the purpose of non-food benefits and/or prevention of harm].

1.2 Use of Animals

1. It is permissible to hunt with a trained dog, panther, falcon, or any other trained predatory animal or bird.

2. So, if one sends his trained dog, or falcon, or hawk, and mentions the name of Allah, the Exalted upon it at the time of sending, and then [the animal] seizes the prey and wounds it such that it dies, it is permissible to eat it.

3. If the sender reaches the prey alive, it is obligatory upon him to slaughter it, and so if he refrains from slaughtering it until it died, then it may not be eaten.

1.3 Shooting

1. If a man shoots an arrow at prey, and mentions the name of Allah at the time of shooting, he may eat what he strikes provided the arrow wounded it so that it died [as a result]. But, if he reaches it alive, he [must] slaughter it, and so if he refrains from slaughtering it until it died, then it may not be eaten.

2. That which a featherless arrow strikes with its breadth may not be eaten, but if it wounds [the quarry] it may be eaten.

3. If one shoots at quarry and severs a piece from it, [the animal] may be eaten, but the piece may not be eaten. But, if he cuts it in thirds, and the major portion is adjacent to the rump, then it may [all]be eaten. If the major portion is adjacent ot the head, the larger portion may be eaten, but the lesser one may not.

2.0 SLAUGHTERING

2.1 Conditions for Slaughtering

1. The slaughter of a Muslim or a Kitabi is permissible [to eat].

2. If the slaughterer omitted the pronouncment of the name [of Allah] deliberately, then the slaughter is carrion which may not be eaten. But, if he left it out forgetfully, it may be eaten.

3. The vessels which must be severed in slaughtering are four : the trachea, the oesophagus and the two jugular veins. So, if he cut [all] these, eating [from the animal] is permissible. If he cut most of them, then similarly [it is valid] according to Abu Hanifah. Abu Yusuf and Muhammad said : it is essential to cut the trachea, the oesophagus and one of the two jugular veins.

4. It is permissible to slaughter with a sharp reed or stone, or anything that causes the blood to flow out, except for an intact tooth or an intact nail.

It is recommended that the slaughterer sharpen his blade.

2.2 The Sacrifical Animal

1. An animal with severed ears or [severed] tail does not suffice, nor one from which the major part of the ear has gone. But, if the major portion of the ear or tail remains, it is permissible.

2. It is valid to sacrifice a hornless animal, a castrated animal, a mangy animal [provided it is plump], or an insane
animal [provided it is plump].

3. Animal-sacrifice is [only] from amongst camels, cows and sheep [or goats].

A thaniyy [two-year old cow/buffalo or five-year old camel, or one-year old sheep/goat], or better, of [any of] these suffices, except for the sheep, of which a jadha` [well-built six-month old] suffices.

4. If one performs nahr on a camel, or slaughters a cow or sheep, and then finds in its belly a dead fetus, it may not be eaten, [egardless of] whether its features are discernible or not.

2.3 Methods of Slaughter

1. Domesticated game must be slaughtered, and wild livestock may be wounded [as in hunting].

2. The recommended [technique] for camels is nahr [thrusting the knife into the base of the neck], but if one slaughters them, it is valid but disliked.

3. The recommended [technique] for cows and sheep is slaughtering, but if one performs nahr on them, it is valid but disliked.

3.0 WHAT MAY AND MAY NOT BE EATEN

1. It is not permissible to eat any canine-toothed beast of prey, nor any taloned [predatory] bird.

2. [It is repugnant to eat the] lizard and all vermin.

3. It is not permissible to eat the flesh of the domesticated donkey or mule.

4. There is no objection to eating the rabbit.

5. Nothing may be eaten of the animals of the water except fish.

6. It is repugnant to eat floating [fish that died on their own].

7. There is no harm in eating the jirrith and eel

8. It is permissible to eat locusts, and there is no slaughter [needed] for them.

 

Mukhtasar al-Quduri

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Brief Biography of Imam al-Quduri

He is Abu’l-Hasan Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn
Ja`far ibn Hamdan al-Quduri al-Baghdadi, the Hanafi jurist, born 362 AH.
Al-Quduri is an ascription to the selling of pots (qudur).

Abu’l-Hasan al-Quduri took
his knowledge of fiqh from Abu `Abdillah Muhammad ibn al-Jurjani, from
Abu Bakr al-Razi, from Abu’l-Hasan al-Karkhi, from Abu Sa`id al-Barda`i
from `Ali al-Daqqaq, from Abu Sahl Musa ibn Nasr al-Razi, from Muhammad
ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani, from Abu Hanifah, from Hammad ibn Abi Sulayman,
from Ibrahim al-Nakha`i, from `Alqamah, from `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may
Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (may Allah bless him and his
Household and grant them all peace). Read more

5-Hajj

PILGRIMAGE (HAJJ)

(According to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as extracted and inferred by scholars of the Hanafi school.)

From “Mukhtasar al-Quduri“,
a matn of Hanafi fiqh, (with some rearrangement). Evidences are generally omitted for brevity.

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  1. OBLIGATION OF HAJJ
    • Fard Rites in Hajj
    • Wajib Acts in Hajj
  2. THE IHRAM
    • The Mawaqit
    • Entering Ihram
    • Forbidden Deeds during Ihram
    • Permissible Deeds during Ihram
    • Recommended during Ihram
  3. COMPONENTS OF HAJJ (IFRAD)
    • The Tawaf of Arrival
    • The Sa`y
    • Going out to Mina
    • Arafah
    • Muzdalifah
    • Pelting Jamrat al-`Aqabah
    • The Tawaf of Pouring Forth (Ifadah) or Visiting (Ziyarah)
    • Stoning the Jamarat
    • The Tawaf of Farewell (Wida`)
    • Special regulations for women Read more

4-Zakat

PURIFYING CHARITY (ZAKAH)

(According to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as extracted and inferred by scholars of the Hanafi

school.)

From “Mukhtasar al-Quduri“, a matn of Hanafi fiqh

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1.0 OBLIGATION

1. Zakat is obligatory on

– the free, adult sane Muslim,

– when he possesses the nisab with complete possession, and

– a [lunar] year has passed over it.

There is no zakat [obligatory] upon a child, nor an insane person,
nor a mukatib. Read more

3 – Fasting

FASTING (SIYAM)

(According to the Qur’an and Sunnah, as extracted and inferred by scholars of the Hanafi school.)

From “Mukhtasar al-Quduri“, a matn of Hanafi fiqh

1.0 THE OBLIGATION OF FASTING

1.  The time for fasting is from the rising of the second dawn
until the setting of the sun.

2.  Fasting is : abstention from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse
by day with the intention.

3.  If in Ramadan a child reached adulthood, or an unbeliever
accepted Islam, they abstain [from things which invalidate fasting] for
the remainder of that day, and fast that which comes thereafter.
They do not make up what passed. Read more

2 – Prayer

RITUAL PRAYER (SALAH)

(According to the Qur’an and Sunnah,
as extracted and inferred by scholars of the Hanafi school.)
From “Mukhtasar al-Quduri“, a matn of Hanafi fiqh

  1. Times for Salah
    • Times of Salah
    • Preferred Times
    • Disliked and Prohibited Times
  2. Adhan
    • Its form
    • Its sunnahs
  3. The Constituents and Manner of Performing the Salah
    • Its Pre-Requisistes
    • Its Rudiments
    • Its Obligations
    • Description of the Salah
    • Disliked Actions in Salah
    • Disruptors and Nullifiers of the Salah
    • Prostrations of Inattentiveness
    • Prostration of Recitation
  4. Group Prayer
    • Status
    • Regulations for the Follower
    • Imamate
    • Impermissible Imamate
    • Arrangement of Rows
    • Prayer in and around the Ka`bah Read more

1 – Purity

PURIFICATION (TAHARAH)

(According to the Qur’an and Sunnah,as extracted and inferred by scholars of the Hanafi school.)
From “Mukhtasar al-Quduri“, a matn of Hanafi fiqh

1.0 WUDU

1.1 The Rudiments of Wudu’
Allah, the Exalted, says, (translated),
“O you who believe!  When you stand for prayer, then wash your faces, and your hands upto the elbows, and wipe your heads, and [wash] your feet upto the ankles.”
So, the obligatory elements of purification [i.e. wudu’] are:
– Washing the three parts [the face, the two arms, and the two feet].  The elbows and the ankles are included in washing.
– Wiping the head – the obligatory [part] in wiping the head is the extent of the forelock [one-fourth], based on that which Mughirah ibn Shu`bah narrated, that the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) made wudu’ and wiped his forelock and his khuffs. Read more