The Method of Slaughtering an Animal


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc. / Sunday, August 31st, 2008
  1. The method of slaughtering an animal is that the animal
    should be placed on the ground with the face towards the qiblah. The
    person should take a sharp knife, recite Bismillahi Allahu Akbar and cut
    the neck of the animal in such a manner that four veins (or passage ways) are
    cut off. They are: the air passage, the gullet, and the two jugular veins which
    are on either side of the gullet and the air passage. If only three out of these
    four are cut, the slaughter will be valid and the animal will be halâl.
    If only two of the four are cut, the animal will be considered to be dead and it
    will not be permissible to consume the meat of such an animal.

  2. At the time of slaughtering the person intentionally
    did not take the name of Allah Ta’âla. The animal will be considered to be dead
    and it will be harâm to consume it. But if a person forgets to take the
    name of Allah Ta’âla, the animal will be halâl.

  3. It is makruh to slaughter an animal with a blunt
    knife as this causes much suffering to the animal. It is also makruh to
    begin skinning, cutting, breaking the hands and feet of the animal before it can
    become cold (meaning, before it can become lifeless).
    Similarly, it is makruh to continue cutting the animal’s neck after
    having cut the four passage ways.

  4. At the time of slaughtering a fowl, it’s entire neck
    got cut off. It is permissible to eat such a fowl, and not makruh.
    However, it is makruh to slaughter the fowl in such a manner, although
    consuming it is not makruh.

  5. Slaughtering of an animal by a Muslim is permissible
    under any condition. This is irrespective of whether the Muslim is a male, a
    female, in a state of purity or in a state of impurity. In all conditions, an
    animal slaughtered by a Muslim is halâl. An animal slaughtered by a
    non-Muslim is harâm.

  6. It is permissible to slaughter an animal with any sharp
    object such as a sharp stone, a sharp cane, a sharp bamboo,
    etc.

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