How to dispose of a dead animal in Islam?

How to dispose of a dead animal in Islam

How to dispose of a dead animal in Islam? Fundamentally, there is neither one of the particular rulings in the administration of animal corpse burial nor that it ought to be dealt with the same way as humans are; regarding washing, covering, or funeral service. There is no proof from the Quran or hadith of the Prophet PBUH that obviously makes sense of it. Nonetheless, there is a connected athar of the Prophet PBUH, where Ibn ‘Abbas said:

عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ: تُصُدِّقَ عَلَى مَوْلَاةٍ لِمَيْمُونَةَ بِشَاةٍ فَمَاتَتْ فَمَرَّ بِهَا رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ: «هَلَّا أَخَذْتُمْ إِهَابَهَا فَدَبَغْتُمُوهُ فَانْتَفَعْتُمْ بِهِ؟» فَقَالُوا: إِنَّهَا مَيْتَةٌ فَقَالَ: «إِنَّمَا حَرُمَ أَكْلُهَا»


The liberated slave girl of Maimuna was given a goat in charity but it died. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) ended up passing by that (corpse). Upon this, he said: “For what reason did you not remove its skin? You could put it to use, after tanning it.” They (the Companions) said: “It was dead.” Upon, this he (the Messenger of Allah) said: “Just its eating is prohibited.”

Sahih al-Bukhari (1492) and Sahih Muslim (363)

Through this hadith, we comprehend that the Prophet PBUH didn’t instruct the corpse to be buried quickly, however, he proposed the companion take benefit from the animal first. Subsequently, the illustration from this portrayal and athar is that it isn’t endorsed to bury the corpse of an animal, for since, in such a case that this is thus, doubtlessly the Prophet PBUH would have instructed the companion to rapidly bury the remains, for the attribute of a Messenger is to convey and not keep quiet assuming that an offense is occurring before his eyes.

Allah SWT states:

يَاأَيُّهَا الرَّسُولُ بَلِّغْ مَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ مِنْ رَبِّكَ


“O Messenger, report what has been uncovered to you from your Lord,”

Surah al-Maidah (67)

So, Islam doesn’t authorize a commitment to burying the remains of a creature, being buried or left without burying it is reasonable.

How to dispose of a dead animal in Islam?

Be that as it may, what’s significant in this matter returns to the advantages people can get from the corpse, whether the corpse ought to be buried or left without being buried, and furthermore, whether it will hurt individuals and different animals nearby in the event that it is left and not buried. It is notable that on the off chance that the remains of a creature aren’t covered, then it will begin to rot and smell and this will be the reason for the spread of microbes and infection that will prompt different sicknesses. Moreover, it will likewise bring about a disgusting smell and an unpleasant sight, particularly in the event that it is left out in the open places like mosques, homes, and others. Consequently, these issues are an incredible harm that ought to be eliminated and removed from us.

Accordingly, the decision to bury an animal body becomes wajib and it ought to be buried appropriately. This is additionally connected with the Islamic lawful saying which states سد الذرائع (closing the doors of harm). (See al-Furuq; 2/32). Hence, it is endorsed to cover the creature’s corpse to eliminate the damage for people and not as a result of its death.

As indicated by Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Da’imah, when they are asked in regards to animal bodies it is important for animal corpses to be buried or left alone? They replied:

“الأمر في ذلك واسع؛ لأنه لم يرد في الشرع نص يدل على مشروعية دفنها، ولا على النهي عن ذلك، والأولى دفنها لئلا يتأذى بها أحد”.


“The undertakings of the matter (burying a corpse) since there is no proof that shows the endorsing of burying it (animal body) and there is no denial or limitation against it, in any case, it is focused on to bury it so it won’t hurt others.” [See Fatawa al-Lajnah al-Da’imah; 8/443,444 (5409)]



There is no particular ruling on How to dispose of a dead animal in Islam. Hence, it is wajib to bury the animal body on the off chance that it is unsafe to people and it isn’t wajib to do so on the off chance that it isn’t hurtful. Notwithstanding, it is focused on covering the body to totally eliminate any likelihood that it could hurt others simultaneously keeping it from turning into a blemish or blocking the street of people who pass by it. From Abu Hurairah RA, the Prophet PBUH said:

“الإِيمانُ بضْعٌ وسَبْعُونَ، أوْ بضْعٌ وسِتُّونَ، شُعْبَةً، فأفْضَلُها قَوْلُ لا إلَهَ إلّا اللَّهُ، وأَدْناها إماطَةُ الأذى عَنِ الطَّرِيقِ، والْحَياءُ شُعْبَةٌ مِنَ الإيمانِ”


“Faith has over seventy branches or over sixty branches, the most brilliant of which is the announcement that there is no god except for Allah, and the humblest of which is the expulsion of what is harmful from the way: and modesty is the branch of faith.”

Ultimately, may Allah SWT keep our faith solid and guide us as well as award us understanding when we are learning and facilitating our lives. May Allah SWT acknowledge every one of our deeds.

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