Sacrificial meat can be given to non-Muslims?


One of the accompaniments of Qorbani is feeding of Qorbani meat, offering and donating. In the Qur’an, Allah has ordered to eat the meat of the sacrifice itself and to donate it to two categories of poor; He asked those who want to give, and those who don’t want to give. Allah says,

وَالۡبُدْنَ جَعَلۡنٰهَا لَكُمْ مِّنْ شَعَائِرِ اللّّهِ لَكُمْ فِیۡهَا خَیۡرٌ فَاذْكُرُوا اسۡمَ اللّٰهِ عَلَیۡهَا صَوَآفَّ فَاِذَا وَجَبَّر جُنُوۡبُهَا فَكُلُوۡ م The
And We have made the sacrificial camel one of Allah’s signs for you; There is good in it for you. So recite the name of Allah over them while standing in a row and eat from them when they fall down. Give food to the needy, untouchable and to the needy. Thus I made them subservient to you; That ye may express gratitude. (Surah Hajj: 36)

Sacrificial meat can be fed, gifted or donated to Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Sacrificial meat can be sent to the homes of non-Muslim neighbors or invited to feed them. Sacrificial meat can be donated to a non-Muslim poor person, sacrificial skin can also be donated to a non-Muslim poor person.

Zakat is not the only charity given to non-Muslims. Apart from this, all other sadaqahs and donations including Fitr can be given to Muslims as well as to the poor non-Muslims.

In the narration of Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, Saeed Ibn Zubair said, The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) once told the Companions that you give only to the people of your religion. Then Allah Ta’ala revealed this verse of the Qur’an:

لَيۡسَ عَلَیۡكَ هُدٰىهُمۡ وَ لٰكِنَّ اللّٰهَ يَهۡدِیۡ مَنْ يَّشَآءُ وَ مَا تُنفرِقُوۡا مِنْ خَیۡرٍ فَلِاَنرفُسِكُمْ وَ مَا تُنفرِقُوۡنَ اِلَّا ابِغَآءَوَجْهِ God bless you
(O Prophet) You have not been given the responsibility to guide people to the right path. Allah guides whom He wills. (O people!) The wealth that you donate is for your own welfare. Spend it for the pleasure of Allah. So you will be fully repaid for the charity. Your rights will never be violated. (Surah Baqarah: 272)

After this verse was revealed, the Prophet (PBUH) said, Give charity to people of all religions.

In another narration, in the beginning, Muslims were reluctant to give charity to non-Muslims. They feared that they might not be rewarded for this donation. Then Allah revealed this verse.

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