Woman Slaughter’s Sacrificial Animal On Eid, Netizens Ask Is it Permissible.?

Umran Hussain

Probably for the first time in the history a Kashmir, a woman was seen slaughtering a sacrificial animals on the occasion of Eid-Al-Adha.

A video, viral on social media baffled the netizens by its being unusual, as no such videos have ever emerged showing women, slaughtering the sacrificial animals on Eid.

Though the authenticity of the location of this undated video could not be ascertained, but a woman donning complete ‘pardah’ can be seen slaughtering the animal with four to five men helping her to perform it with ease.

The video has received mixed responses with some users asking the questions about its permissiblity and some hailing the bravery of the woman.

Is it permissible for women to slaughter sacrificial animals on Eid.? Here is what Islam says about it:

A senior Saudi scholar announced it is permissible for Muslim women to carry out their own sacrifice for Eid al-Adha.

Member of the Saudi Senior Scholars Committee, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Mutlaq, said it is permissible for women to sacrifice their own cattle – a custom that has traditionally been assigned to men.

He also said that divorced women who live in their own households and are financially capable of performing the sacrifice have a duty to do so.

If a divorced woman lives alone with her children in a separate house, with a job and a wealthy enough income, she must sacrifice,” al-Mutlaq explained.

Moreover, Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) reported in his Saheeh from ‘Ubayd-Allaah from Naafi’, that he (Naafi’) heard Ibn Ka’b ibn Maalik narrating from his father that they used to have sheep which they allowed to graze on the mountain of Sala’ in Madeenah: one of the slave-women noticed that one of the sheep was dying, so she broke a stone and slaughtered it. He said: “Do not eat it until I ask the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or I send someone to ask him. So he asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), or sent someone else to ask, and he told him to eat it. ‘Ubay-Allaah said: “I liked the fact that she was a slave-woman and she managed to slaughter it.”

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