Severing the animals head

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Assalamu’alaykum respected Mufti Sahib,

Wanted to ask what is the ruling of completely severing chicken’s neck while slaughtering. This is the common practice in our country, Kenya. 

Jazakallahu khairan 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Giving the animal unnecessary pain in any way is prohibited.

Whilst slaughtering an animal, it is prohibitively disliked to intentionally severe the animal’s head. [1]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mufti Muhammad I.V Patel

Checked and Approved by
Mufti Nabeel Valli

Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah

Lusaka, Zambia


مختصر القدوري (ص: 206)

ومن بلغ بالسكين النخاع أو قطع الرأس كره له ذلك وتؤكل ذبيحته


الاختيار لتعليل المختار (5/ 12)

 وَيُكْرَهُ أَنْ يَبْلُغَ بِالسِّكِّينِ النُّخَاعَ، أَوْ يَقْطَعَ الرَّأْسَ وَتُؤْكَلُ


کتاب النوازل جلد 14 ص 470

ذبح کرتے وقت جس مرغی کی گردن پوری کٹ جائے اُس کا کھانا حلال ہے؛ لیکن اس طرح بالقصد کاٹنا مکروہ ہے۔

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