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Chapter thirty-two » Method of slaughtering a camel

Ruling 2613. In order for a camel to become lawful to eat and pure, it must be slaughtered [in a specific way, which is termed ‘naḥr’]. The instructions for this are as follows: while fulfilling the afore­mentioned conditions of slaughtering an animal, the person slaughtering the camel must thrust a knife – or something else that is made of iron and is sharp – into the hollow area between the camel’s neck and chest. It is better that the camel be standing when it is slaughtered.

Ruling 2614. If a person severs the four ducts [as mentioned Ruling 2608] of a camel instead of performing naḥr [as described in the previous ruling], or, if a person performs naḥr on a sheep, cow, or similar animal, then their meat is unlawful to eat and their body is impure (najis). However, if a person slaughters a camel according to Islamic law (dhabḥ) and before the camel dies he performs naḥr, its meat is lawful to eat and its body is pure. Also, if naḥr is performed on a cow, sheep, or similar animal and before the animal dies a person severs the four ducts, its meat is lawful to eat and its body is pure.

Ruling 2615. If an animal becomes unruly and cannot be slaughtered in accordance with the instructions of Islamic law, or, for example, it falls into a well and it is deemed probable that it would die in the well and killing it in accordance with the instructions of Islamic law is not possible, then wherever a wound is inflicted on its body and it dies on account of that wound, it becomes lawful to eat. In such a case, it is not necessary to make it face qibla. However, the other conditions that were mentioned with regard to slaughtering an animal must be fulfilled.
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