Slaughtering Animals on Eid Al-Adhah

Slaughtering Animals on the Day of Eid Al-Adhah ~ Hi all readers! As we already know, that Eid al-Adhah is one of the great days for Muslims. On that day they were recommended to pray Eid al-Adhah. In addition, usually, on that day Muslims slaughter animals such as goats, cows, and camels. But the question that sometimes arises in our minds is, are all Muslims required to slaughter animals on that day? Of course, as Muslims, we must know the answer. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end!

As usual, before I explain further about the status of slaughtering animals on the day of Eid al-Adhah and answer the question above, I will quote two hadiths that are specifically related to our discussion. The two hadiths I mean are as follows;

مَنْ وَجَدَ سَعَةً فَلَمْ يُضَحِّ فَلَا يَقْرَبَنَّ مُصَلَّانَا

Whoever has a lot of luck but does not slaughter animals (on the day of Eid al-Adhah), then do not approach our prayer place.

عَنْ جَابِرٍ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ قَالَ : شَهِدْتُ مَعَ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الْأَضْحَى بِالْمُصَلَّى . فَلَمَّا قَضَى خُطْبَتَهُ نَزَلَ مِنْ مِنْبَرِهِ وَ أُوْتِيَ بِكَبْشٍ فَذَبَحَهُ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِيَدِهِ وَقَالَ : بِسْمِ اللهِ وَاللهُ أَكْبَرُ هَذَا عَنِّي وَعَمَّنْ لَمْ يُضَحِّ مِنْ أُمَّتِيْ

From Jabir bin Abdillah, he said, “I once prayed Eid al-Adhah with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at the place of prayer. When he finished preaching, he came down from Minbar. Then a goat was brought to him. Allah’s Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then slaughtered it with his own hands. He said, “In the name of Allah. Allah is the Greatest. This is from me and from my people who do not slaughter animals (on the day of Eid al-Adhah). “

All Readers! There are several important things about the two hadiths above that we must know;

First; The first hadith explains, that slaughtering animals fon the day of Eid al-Adhah is a suggestion. The Muslims who are encouraged to do that are those who have the money to do that. So, Muslims who are poor or who don’t have a lot of money to do that are not encouraged to do that.

Second; the second hadith explains, that the Prophet Muhammad slaughtered animals on the day of Eid al-Adhah. These hadiths, and similar hadiths, form the basis of the law that slaughtering animals on the day of Eid al-Adhah is a suggestion, not an obligation.

That is a brief explanation of slaughtering animals on the day of Eid al-Adhah and the answer to the question above. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful. Amen!

See you in the next article!


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