Fatwa: # 29351
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: Brazil
Date: 5th June 2014


Hunting for sport


Hunting is permitted in Islam only when necessary for food. Taking the life of an animal for sport, without intending to eat from it or otherwise benefit from it, is prohibited. Is this statement true? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is disliked to hunt for only sporting purposes or as a pastime. [1] If one hunts for the meat, skin or any other useful part of the animal, then it is permissible to do so. One should be wary that he does not become so engrossed in hunting that he becomes neglectful of his religious duties. Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam has mentioned:

“Whosoever goes in pursuit of game (animals) becomes negligent (of his religious duties).” [2] 


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Nabeel Valli

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]   الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 461)

كتاب الصيد: لعل مناسبته أن كلا منهما مما يورث السرور (هو مباح) بخمسة عشر شرطا مبسوطة في العناية، وسنقرره في أثناء المسائل (إلا) لمحرم في غير المحرم أو (للتلهي) كما هو ظاهر (أو حرفة) على ما في الأشباه

قال ابن عابدين: (قوله كما هو ظاهر) لأن مطلق اللهو منهي عنه إلا في ثلاث كما مر في الحظر (قوله على ما في الأشباه) أي أخذا مما في البزازية من أنه مباح إلا للتلهي أو حرفة. وفي مجمع الفتاوى: ويكره للتلهي..... وفي التتارخانية قال أبو يوسف: إذا طلب الصيد لهوا ولعبا فلا خير فيه وأكرهه، وإن طلب منه ما يحتاج إليه من بيع أو إدام أو حاجة أخرى فلا بأس به اهـ


[2]   سنن الترمذي ت بشار (4/ 93)

2256 - حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ مَهْدِيٍّ، قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنْ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنْ وَهْبِ بْنِ مُنَبِّهٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: مَنْ سَكَنَ البَادِيَةَ جَفَا، وَمَنْ اتَّبَعَ الصَّيْدَ غَفَلَ، وَمَنْ أَتَى أَبْوَابَ السُّلْطَانِ افْتَتَنَ

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