Utilizing Skins of Animal Carcasses According to Islam ~ All readers! In this article, I will explain how to use animal carcass skin in Islamic teachings. Of course, we already know, that animal skin can be processed into various forms, such as jackets, shoes, decorations at home, and so forth. However, in Islamic teachings, the skin of an animal’s carcass cannot be directly processed because it is still unclean. There is a way that must be done first.
As always, before I speak more about utilizing skins of animal carcasses according to Islam, I will present some hadith related to our discussion.
Hadith About Utilizing Skins of Animal Carcasses
The hadith about utilizing skins of animal carcasses that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ اِبْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا دُبِغَ الْإِهَابُ فَقَطْ طَهُرَ . أَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ
From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “If the skin has been tanned then it really has been holy.” The hadith is narrated by Muslim.
عَنْ سَلَمَةَ بْنِ الْمُحَبِّقِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : دِبَاغُ جُلُوْدِ الْمَيْتَةِ طُهُوْرُهَا
From Salamah bin al-Muhabbiq radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Tanning is the way to cleanse it.”
عَنْ مَيْمُوْنَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ : مَرَّ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِشَاةٍ يَجُرُّوْنَهَا فَقَالَ : لَوْ أَخَذْتُمْ إِهَابَهَا . فَقَالُوْا : إِنَّهَا مَيْتَةٌ . فَقَالَ : يُطَهِّرُهَا الْقَرَظُ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ وَالنَّسَائِيُّ
From Maimunah radliyallahu anha, she said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam once found the sheep they threw away. He said, “If only you took the skin.” They said, “Indeed the sheep were dead.” He said, “The al-Qaradh tree (acacia tree) can purify it.” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud and an- Nasa’i.
If we look at some of the hadiths above, we must at least understand a number of things as follows:
One; The skin of the animal carcass is unclean but it can be cleansed by tanning.
Two; Tanning is a way to remove moisture from the skin. Because that is a way to purify it.
Three; Tanning can purify the outside and the inside of the skin, except the skin of dogs, pigs, and animals that are born from both breeds. That is because unclean things in these animals are very large (mughalladhah). That is the opinion of the Ash-Shafi’iyyah’s flow sect. As for the flow of al-Hanafiyah’s flow said, “The tanning can purify all the skin of the animal carcass, except the skin of the pig.” Al-Malikiyah’s flow said, “The tanning can purify all animal skin but on the outside of the skin, not the inside.” Al-Hanabilah’s flow said, “There is no animal skin that can be purified by tanning.”