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What does islam say about hunting with aroow, with trained dog, with hawks?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Allah Says in the glorious Quran: They ask you, [O Muhammad], what has been made lawful for them. Say, "Lawful for you are [all] good foods and [game caught by] what you have trained of hunting animals which you train as Allah has taught you. So eat of what they catch for you, and mention the name of Allah upon it, and fear Allah." Indeed, Allah is swift in account. Quran [5:4]

Hunting animals are dogs, leopards, falcons, hawks and other beasts and birds of prey which are trained to chase wild animals and catch them for their masters, without mangling them. The game of the trained hunting animals is lawful because they do not mangle it and that of the untrained beasts and birds of prey is unlawful because they mangle it.

One should recite bismillah ("In the name of Allah,"), when letting loose the hunting animal for game. According to a Tradition by Adi bin Hatim.

Narrated by Adi bin Hatim I asked the Prophet (saws) "I send off (for a game) my trained hunting dogs; (what is your verdict concerning the game they hunt?" He (saws) said, "If you send off your trained hunting dogs and mention the Name of Allah, then, if they catch some game, eat (thereof). And if you hit the game with a mi'rad (a hunting tool) and it wounds it, you can eat it (after its due slaughter)." Sahih Al-Bukhari [Volume 9:: Book 93 :: Hadith 494]

Narrated by Abu Thalaba Al Khushani The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: ‘If you hunt something with your bow, mention Allah's Name (while hunting the game) and eat it; and if you hunt something with your trained hound, mention Allah's Name on sending and eat; and if you hunt something with your untrained hound and get it alive, slaughter it and you can eat of it." Sahih Al-Bukhari [ Volume 7:: Book 67 :: Hadith 404]

According to above guidance, the name of Allah must be mentioned at the time of letting loose the hunting animal in order to make the game lawful. If, however, the hunted animal is found alive, it should be duly slaughtered in the name of Allah. But in case it is not found alive, it will be lawful if the name of Allah was mentioned at the time of letting loose the hunting animal. The same also applies to hunting with arrows. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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