Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 10 Jumada al-Ula 1444

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Thanking God by giving away meat instead of slaughtering

My family and I were caught in a house fire in our home but thankfully, we are all fine. We were advised to slaughter a sheep as a way of thanking God for our well-being. Can we buy meat and distribute it instead of slaughtering? If this is permissible, what is the amount of meat we should distribute and is it permissible to keep some of it for the family as we do during ‘Eid?

Answer

It is permissible to thank God whether by slaughtering a cow, sheep, etc. or by buying meat and giving it away. Since this is an act of charity performed for the purpose of thanking God Almighty, there is therefore no set amount of meat that must be dedicated solely to the poor. You may keep part of the meat for your family and friends, as it is not obligatory to give it all away.
And God Almighty knows best.