A Report on the issues of Hajj
By Sheikh Khalid Bin Abd Al Aziz Al Hueiseen
Compiled by: Abu Mujahed Al Maziani
Rulings of hunting during status of Ehram:
1- Originally hunting is restricted during Ehram by virtue of Quran, Sunnah and consensus of scholars.
2- The definition of hunting here is the hunt of wild animals that are legitimate for human food such as rabbit, antelope, deer, jerboa, pigeon and other meet production animals.
3- In case one did hunt while in Ehram due to being ignorant of the rulings, forgetfulness, or by mistake, one is obliged with a ransom. The ransom is to slaughter an farm animal that equals in value and size the hunted animal. For example if one hunted an ostrich, he/she must slaughter a camel, a goat in return for a deer, and so on. The ruling is based on the Ayah:
4- ” O you who believe! Kill not game while you are in a state of Ihraam for Haj or ‘Ummrah(pilgrimage), and whosoever of you kills it intentionally, the penalty is an offering, brought to the Ka’bah, of an eatable animal (i.e. sheep, goat, cow, etc.) equivalent to the one he killed, as adjudged by two just men among you” (Quran 5:59)
5- As for situations where the Messenger Salla Allah a`lyhee wa sallam or the companions may Allah be Pleased with them made a judgment, this judgment must apply in similar cases that occur in the present time.
6- As for slaughtering farm animals such as lamb, camels, cow, chicken, geese, and others for food purposes, it is permissible while in Ehram.
7- Hunting during status of Ehram is not permissible at all and is a major sin.
8- There are three conditions that may apply for hunting during Ehram:
9- If one in Ehram assigned someone to hunt on his/her behalf or assisted in hunting, he/she is not allowed to eat from the hunt.
10- If one in Ehram was not involved in any way in the process of hunting, he/she may eat.
11- If one in Ehram made the hunt him/herself, neither he/she nor one not in Ehram is allowed to eat the hunted animal. At this situation it is treated like a dead animal that is Haram for food.
12- However, one in Ehram may purchase the meat of a hunted animal since he/she was not the one who hunted.