Shooting the Animal Before Slaughtering (FATWA)

Shooting the Animal Before Slaughtering (FATWA)

The Question


What do the scholars of the religion and the jurists of Islāmic law say regarding this issue? The leaders in this continent of Africa command the butchers to shoot the animal in the head prior to slaughtering it. Is this act permissible in the sharī`ah or not? 


The Answer


This action is impermissible and ḥarām. To cause harm without any shar`ī reason is absolute oppression and immoral. It is ḥarām to accept this command.


Answered by:


[al-Muftī al-A`ẓam] Imām Muṣṭafā Raḍā Khān al-Qādirī V

Shaykh Salman al-Nuri

Shaykh Salman al-Nuri

Shaykh Salman serves the religion by teaching courses, writing books and articles, and translating traditional works of Islām from other languages.

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