By Majlisul Ulama

Qurbani or Brutality??



The evil and corruption of Muslims purportedly executing their obligation of Qur’baani are portrayed by a Brother in his letter which is reproduced hereunder:

“Please send out an urgent national message on the malpractices committed at public ‘qur’baani’ shows. Many people, including the religious ones are taking pictures and videos of their qurbani animals!.

Also a sickness nowadays is the mentality of “I want the biggest animal”, whereas it should be the best looking in your eyes and your affordability!

Once the “biggest” animal is bought, its pictures and weight are taken and sent via sms and whatsup to all and sundry to say wah wah! … Is this not for show? Is the spirit of qurbani not lost?

At the venue of slaughter, there are ladies and men mixed, many taking pictures of the ladies making zabah, or others taking pictures randomly to post onto different media platforms .

One may ask, how can one video a life taken away, especially for ibaadat purposes? would they have done same if the command was to sacrifice one’s own child?
Further, more to the slaughter house, the noise and screaming, dragging and pulling of animals are just too sad. Even the kuffar don’t behave like this!

When told to take it easy, we are blankly told, “we want fun”. Is this a fun occasion?

Many a times, the animals get so traumatized from all the screaming and shouting that they begin to jump fences to escape.

Sadly, all this takes place in the presence of imaams, muftis and ulema. Nobody really stops all this haraam and cruel nonsense!

I think its a great idea for you to suggest to the jamiats to request imaams to stop the bayaans of the stories of Hazrat Ibrahim and Ismail, that we learnt in madressa. What is needed is bayaans to make our qurbani acceptable and to understand that it is a command from Allah.

In conclusion, will anyone really take a picture of his son that will be killed to show how handsome he is, or take a video of him being killed and being distributed for fun watching!” OOMS

(End of the Brother’s letter)

Qur’baani is the best and the most sacred act of Ibaadat during the Days of  Udhiyyah (Qur’baani). It is an Ibaadat to commemorate the devotion to Allah Ta’ala and the sacrifice of his son made by Nabi Ibraaheem (alayhis salaam) at the command of  Allah Azza Wa Jal. While Qur’baani is an occasion of devotion, sacrifice and for the acquisition of immense thawaab, Muslims have transformed it into a merrymaking festival accompanied by many haraam acts.

Men and women mixing, women on the grand stand viewing the cruel, cowardly slaughter in T-shirts and jeans flexing his muscles stupidly and waving the knife with riya and takabbur to impress the  stupid females in the gallery, refreshments served to the crowd of moron spectators, the brutality perpetrated on the animals, the haraam, shaitaani funfare attitude, etc. are all nugatory of both the letter and spirit of the Qur’baani Ibaadat.

The manner in which group Qur’baani acts are performed is haraam, The zina displays by men and women are haraam. The presence and mingling of men and women are haraam. Women in the gallery watching the stupid slaughterer basking in his stupid antics to impress moron women, and women slaughtering in full view of the fussaaq men are all haraam.

What is being enacted in many or perhaps most places, is not Qur’baani. Slaughtering animals is not the occasion of fun and merrymaking. While Eid is an occasion of happiness, kuffaar-type ‘happiness’ is haraam. It is not permissible for women to view ghair mahram men slaughtering  nor is it permissible to slaughter when there is even a single ghair mahram man viewing the scene. The cruelty to the animals is satanic. It is not expected of the People of Imaan to be sadists deriving pleasure from the Ibaadat of Sacrifice.

It is necessary to understand what exactly Qur’baani is and why are the animals being slaughtered. While all the thawaab is destroyed by the haraam antics, the perpetrators of these shameful and haraam shenanigans are guilty of grave sins. The women in the gallery add to the Satanism of the festival. Ibaadat without sincerity, and ibaadat accompanied by riya, takabbur and other haraam acts is not acceptable to Allah Azza Jal

Read the detailed Rulings related to Qurbaani/Udhiyyah here ➡ Fiqh of Qurbani (Udhiyyah) – The Annual Sacrifice of Eid ul Adh-ha

Among the worst sins perpetrated by innumerable people on the Day of Qur’baani, is the organization of haraam merrymaking functions where the following major sins are committed in the name of Qur’baani: 

Gathering of Zaanis (male fornicators/adulterers) and Zaaniyahs (female fornicators/adulteresses) at the venue where the cruel slaughter of Qur’baani animals and the brutal slaughter of Islamic morals take place. The affair is arranged as if it is a kuffaar sporting occasion with performers and spectators in the gallery. The females come dressed up with maximum adornment to attract the gazes and stares of the fussaaq and fujjaar males. The stupid ‘matador’ with sleeves rolled up and chest puffed out prances arrogantly with his knife to demonstrate his silly prowess when slaughtering the bull. He performs to the gallery of men and women whilst his silly brains drift in a limbo of fantasy regarding his ‘courage’ and ‘power’ when slaughtering the immobilized animal. The poor animal is chased by a group of hoodlums – children and stupid men and labourers to catch it. The animal is totally traumatized, bewildered and extremely fearful of the hooligans chasing it.Whilst all of this haraam is being enacted and subjected to haraam videoing and photography, the fussaaq /fujjaar men and women enjoy refreshments. No Islamic consideration is shown to the animals. All rules in Allah’s Book of Raham (Mercy) ordained for observation when slaughtering animals are mercilessly trampled on by everyone present – by the stupid ‘matador’, the helpers and the spectators. An animal is slaughtered and skinned in the presence of other animals. The skinning sometimes commences whilst there is still some life left in the animals. All of this is Haraam – major sins.

Understand well that Qur’baani is not a merrymaking occasion. Allah Ta’ala has ordained this Day for us to commemorate the supreme Qur’baani (Sacrifice) of Hadhrat Nabi Ibraaheem (Alayhis salaam) who was commanded by Allah Azza Wa Jal to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismaaeel (Alayhis salaam). So when your animal is being slaughtered, call to mind that it is your son who is being sacrificed. You are not present to enjoy yourself like a kaafir at some merrymaking function. 

It is haraam – totally HARAAM – for women even in burqahs to be present at the slaughtering venue. There are fussaaq males present, and even the molvis and outwardly looking ‘pious’ chaps present are fussaaq and fujjaar, hence they derive carnal, bestial and lustful pleasure from the presence of the womenfolk dressed in their stupid finery. 

The animals MUST be slaughtered mercifully, not in the cruel manner which is currently being enacted at most places where mass ‘qur’baani’ takes place. 

Our advice is that those who are inexperienced should not slaughter bulls/cows. Instead, 7 goats/sheep should be sacrificed. Most of those stupid ‘matadors’ who slaughter Qur’baani bulls lack experience, hence the need for a score of hoodlums to chase and overpower the cow. It is not permissible for inexperienced persons to slaughter big animals. 

Qur’baani is not restricted to mere throat-slitting. It is a holy amal of the Deen. It is among the Shi-aar (Salient Features) of Islam. It is not a funfair. It is not a picnic.  Refreshments should not be served at this haraam picnic. Women should not be allowed to enter the venue where mass-slaughtering takes place. These stupid people, in order to participate in the merrymaking haraam function, are adept at citing the mas’alah regarding viewing one’s animal at the time of slaughtering. For this Mustahab, they commit a plethora of haraam acts whilst the act of Istihbaab is the furthest from their minds. They cite it as an excuse for participating in the haraam circus organized on the Day of Eidul Adha. But they are absolutely bereft of the Taqwa which should be the primary attitude when making Qur’baani. 


It has been brought to our notice that some Molvis in Natal are selling Qur’baani animals on the condition of distributing the meat themselves. The purchaser of the animal is not allowed to take the meat. This is not permissible. The sale is invalid and haraam. The Qur’baani too is not valid.  The Molvis and the purchasers should rectify their corrupt deals for the proper and valid discharge of the Qur’baani obligation.

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