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Going Hunting While Fasting. by Taamas111 (m): 7:12pm on January 11
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Sir i,m fond of hunting.can i play
hunting with hunting dog and net
while i,m fasting...........jaza k Allah


All perfect praise be to Allah, The
Lord of the Worlds. I testify that
there is none worthy of worship
except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

It is permissible for a fasting person
to hunt but if hunting requires diving
in water, then there is a difference of
opinion among the scholars
about whether or not it is permissible
for him to dive in water. Some of
them permitted it on the condition
that one is safe from water going
down his throat or getting into his
ears, and some of them are of the
view that this is disliked, whereas
some others permitted it.
If the water goes down his throat
without deliberately causing it, then
his fasting is valid according to the
Hanbali School and according to
some scholars of the Shaafi’i School
and he is not obligated to expiate for
However, in order to be on the safe
side, it is better for a fasting person
to keep his fasting away from
anything that may render it void.

Furthermore, you should know, dear
brother, that even though hunting is
permissible in principle, being
preoccupied with it and practicing it
very often may lead to missing some
religious obligations or being
negligent in regard to some desirable
acts, as it was reported that the
Prophet said: “…and whoever
occupies himself with hunting, he
will become heedless.” [Ahmad and
Abu Daawood ‏]

Occupying one’s self with hunting
means to like hunting and to be
interested in it to an extent that one’s
heart is attached to it. Being heedless
means being negligent about the
obedience of Allah, the acts of
worship, performing the prayer in
congregation and praying the Friday
prayer, and it also means being far
from having a soft and merciful
heart, because of resembling beasts
and animals.

It is for this reason that some jurists
are of the view that it is
disliked to devote too much time to
hunting, to an extent that Imaam Al-
Layth Ibn Sa’d said: “I don’t
know a right that resembles
falsehood like hunting.”

Allah Knows best.


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