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f:194 -    Sacrifice of injured animal
Country : Pune,
Name : Muhammad Ayyub Pasha
Question:     A certain person bought a goat for Qurbani.  Unfortunately, the goat suffered an injury on its foot of about the length of a finger, because which that foot became bloodied and some insects infested the wound.  With medicines, the insects have been cleared and the wound has been cleaned.  Now, the goat is walking normally.  Is sacrifice of such a goat correct?  Or will its wound be considered a defect?

Answer:     Through sacrifice, the worshipper seeks nearness with Allah Most High and as such, the animal selected for sacrifice should be plump, perfect and should not be blind, lame or ill in any way.  In Musnad Imam Ahmed, there is a Hadith:

Translation:  It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Bara'a bin A'azib (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked: Which animals should not be sacrificed.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said and gestured: Four.  Hadhrat Bara'a bin A'azib (May Allah be well pleased with him) says: My hand is smaller and lower than the hand of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) (i.e. out of respect for the Holy Prophet, Hadhrat Bara'a did not even raise his hand like Him):

1.  Such a lame animal whose lameness is obvious.
2.  Blind in one eye, which is obvious.
3.  Ill, whose illness is evident.
4.  A weak animal whose bones are empty of marrow (i.e. a very
     weak animal)

(Musnad Imam Ahmad, Hadith No: 18200)

This Hadith is also mentioned in Sunan Kubra Lil Baihaqui, Hadith No: 19633.

There are other Hadith also about the defectiveness of animals.  If any animal is so lame that it walks on 3 legs, then the sacrifice of such an animal is not correct.  If the animal is walking on all 4 legs, then its sacrifice is correct.  As given in Durre Mukhtaar, Vol. 5, Pg No. 277 and in Raddul Muhtaar Vol. 5, Pg No. 227.

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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