Dividing the meat, innards, and skin of a sacrificed animal
What is the manner of dividing the meat, innards, and skin of sacrificial animals
Sacrificing animals is a confirmed sunnah from our master the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). He said, "On the Day of Slaughtering, the children of Adam perform no action more beloved to God than sacrificing animals. On the Day of Judgement, the sacrificed animal shall come with its horns, hair, and hooves [to be weighed]. The sacrifice is accepted by God before the blood reaches the ground, so sacrifice with an open and happy heart."1
The person offering a voluntary sacrifice is permitted to eat from the sacrifice or take benefit from it (its meat, innards, and skin), both in whole or in part. He may also give it in charity, or as a gift, yet it is impermissible to give the skin as a payment to the slaughterer for his services, just as it is impermissible to sell it. It is best to divide the sacrifice into three parts: a third for the person offering the sacrifice and his family, a third for his relatives, and a third for the poor and needy.
God, the Almighty and Majestic, knows best.
1. Related by al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.