Hadith on Animals: Prohibition of Cutting Flesh from Living Animals

📖Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1480
Narrated Abu Waqid Al-Laithi: “The Prophet (ﷺ) came to Al-Madinah and they were in the habit of cutting the humps off of the camels and cutting the buttocks from the sheep. He said: ‘Whatever is cut from an animal while it is alive, then it is dead flesh.’”

  • Based on this hadith, scholars of Islamic jurisprudence generally agree that it is impermissible to consume meat obtained from an animal that has been mutilated or harmed while alive. The Islamic principle of slaughtering animals for meat emphasizes the importance of minimizing the animal’s suffering and ensuring a humane and ethical treatment throughout the process. Therefore, the understanding is not that one is not allowed to eat meat unless the animal dies naturally. Rather, it emphasizes the importance of proper animal slaughter and the prohibition of consuming meat from an animal that has been mutilated or harmed while still alive. Muslims are encouraged to consume meat that has been obtained through proper Islamic slaughter, where the animal is treated with care, the necessary conditions for slaughter are met, and the animal’s suffering is minimized. This aligns with the concept of halal (permissible) meat in Islam, which requires adhering to specific guidelines and procedures for animal slaughter.