Slaughtering a jalaalah animal

Q: How long should a cock or chicken grown without chemicals be tied before slaughter?

A: The law of tying the animal before slaughtering it applies to a jalaalah animal. A jalaalah refers to an animal (chicken, sheep etc.) from which a stench is perceived from its meat on account of it perpetually consuming filth or it predominantly consumes filth. Consuming the meat of such an animal is makrooh-e-tahrimi. Shariah has commanded that such an animal be tied and fed fodder till the time that its meat no longer gives off a stench. Some Fuqahaa explain that chickens should be tied for three days, sheep and goats should be tied for four days and cows and camels should be tied for ten days in order that the stench is no longer perceived. Thereafter, one may slaughter the animal and consume its meat.

N.B. The stipulated period explained by the Fuqahaa in regard to the different types of animals is proven through experience.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)