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Hunting with a non-Muslim

Fatwaa ID: 1823


1) if one goes hunting with his non Muslim friend and if the non Muslim friend pulls the trigger to kill the animal , will the animal be halal if the Muslim friend is present to make the meat halal?

2) if there are more than one animal being slaughtered or shot simultaneously by non Muslims, how would a Muslim make the meat halal if he is present?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. If a person goes hunting with a non-Muslim and the non-Muslim acquaintance pulls the trigger and kills the animal, then the animal will be haraam. A Muslim merely being present does not make the animal halaal. For the animal to be halaal, he must pull the trigger and kill the animal.
  2. The only way that an animal will be halaal is if the Muslim pulls the trigger and kills it. If a non-Muslim pulls the trigger and kills it, then in all cases it will be haraam. There is no exception.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

03/23/1445 AH – 10/09/2023 CE | AML3-3733

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

A general guideline regarding hunting:
It is permissible to hunt animals, with guns, bows and arrows and other hunting tools. The hunting must be purposeful or beneficial and not merely as a sport. When pulling the trigger or shooting the arrow, it is necessary to take the name of Allaah Ta’aala. Upon shooting, one must pursue the animal. If one reaches the animal and finds that it has died due to the wound of the bullet or the arrow, then it is halaal. It will not be necessary to slaughter it. If it died due to other factors such as falling or downing, then the animal will not be halaal. It will have to be discarded. However, if one finds the animal still alive, then it will be necessary to slaughter it (zabihah).


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