4. The Prohibitions which are taken too lightly – Sacrificing to anything other than Allaah

Posted on June 27, 2015


Sacrificing to anything other than Allaah

Another manifestation of al-shirk al-akbar is sacrificing to anything other than Allaah.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord, and sacrifice (to Him only)” [al-Kawthar 108:2] – i.e., sacrifice to Allaah and in the name of Allaah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“Allaah will curse the one who sacrifices to anything other than Allaah.”
(Reported by Imaam Muslim, may Allaah have mercy on him, in his Saheeh, no. 1978, ‘Abd al-Baaqi edition).

This sin combines two haraam deeds, that of sacrificing to anything other than Allaah and that of sacrificing in the name of anything other than Allaah, both of which make the meat of the animal slaughtered haraam.
One of the forms of sacrificing to anything other than Allaah which was known during the first Jaahiliyyah and is still widespread nowadays is the practice of “offering a sacrifice to the jinn,” whereby upon buying or constructing a house, or digging a well, people slaughter an animal at its entrance, out of fear of harm from the resident jinn.
(See Tayseer al-’Azeez al-Hameed, al-Iftaa’ edition, p. 158)