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f:1187 -    Can we store up the meat of the sacrificed animal
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Muhammad Shahnawaz
Question:     In Eid Ul Azha, we have a lot of meat in our house.  We also sacrifice animals and distribute meat to others and others also do the same.  Does the Shariah allow one to store the meat of a sacrificed animal?
Answer:     The Shariah orders that the meat of the sacrificed animals should be divided into 3 portions.  One part should be distributed among the poor, one among the relatives and one for self.  

In the early days of Islam, consuming the meat of the sacrificed animal for more than 3 days was not permissible.  Later on, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) granted permission to have it for more than 3 days as well.

As mentioned in this Hadith of Sahih Bukhari:

Translation:  It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Salmah Bin Akwa’a (May Allah be well pleased with him), he says:  The Holy Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  The person who sacrifices an animal should not have anything left from the meat of the sacrifice on the 3rd day.  When the occasion of sacrifice came the next year, the Companions requested:  O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)!  Should we use the meat in the same manner as we did the last year?  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  You have the meat, let others have it and store it up.  Last year, people were in difficulties, that’s why I decided that you should help them in the days of sacrifice.  (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith No. 5569)

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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