Is It Permissible To Hurt or Injure or Slaughter an Animal Without Reason

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Fatwa ID: 05721


Answered by: Maulana Muhammad Asadullah Anwar Adam




It is not permissible to hurt or injure or slaughter an animal without reason. But with a valid reason, permissible.



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




Allah (SWA) has enjoined kindness in all things, as it says in the hadith:

“Verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers upon kindness which he does not confer upon severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it” [1]


Furthermore, the is a hadith that mention severe punishment for mistreating an animal.


Ibn Umar RA narrated: the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “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. ” [2]


It is not permissible to cause undue pain on an animal, even when slaughtering as mentioned in the hadith: “Verily Allah has prescribed Ihsan (proficiency, perfection) in all things. So if you kill then kill well; and if you slaughter, then slaughter well. Let each one of you sharpen his blade and let him spare suffering to the animal he slaughters.” [3]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muhammad Asadullah Anwar Adam

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




[1] Sahih Muslim Hadith 2593


[2] Sahih al Bukhari Hadith 3318


[3] 40 Hadith An Nawawi



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