Can two people slaughter an animal together?

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If two persons together slaughter an animal (single knife held by two persons), but only one of them recites “Bismillah-Allah Hu Akbar “during slaughtering, is this fine from Islamic point of view??


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

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

If two persons slaughter one animal at once, it is required for both of them to recite a tasmiyah (bismillahi Allahu akbar). If any one of them intentionally leaves reciting the tasmiyah out, the animal will be haram.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa
Melbourne, Australia  

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]  و في خزانة الفقه: رجلان ذبحا صيدا، و سمى أحدهما، و ترك الثاني عمدا يحرم أكله (الفتاوى التاتارخانية ١٧٤٠٢ – مكتبة زكريا)

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