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A du’a before slaughtering [udhiyah]

Question

Please provide a masnun du’a to recite before slaughtering a Qurbani animal.

 

Answer

Sayyiduna Jabir (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that when Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) made the animal he was slaughtering face the qiblah, he recited the following du’a and then slaughtered the animal,

‘Inni Wajjahtu Wajhiya lilladhi fataras samawati wal arda, ‘ala millati Ibrahima hanifaw wa ma ana minal mushrikin. Inna Salati wa nusuki wa mahyaya wa mamati lillahi Rabbil ‘Alamin. La sharika lahu wa bidhalika umirtu wa ana minal Muslimin. Allahumma minka wa laka ‘an Muhammadin wa ummatih, Bismillah wallahu akbar’

 

The Arabic text of the above du’a:

إِنِّي وَجَّهْتُ وَجْهِيَ لِلَّذِي فَطَرَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ عَلَى مِلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا وَمَا أَنَا مِنَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ إِنَّ صَلاَتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَبِذَلِكَ أُمِرْتُ وَأَنَا مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ اللَّهُمَّ مِنْكَ وَلَكَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدٍ وَأُمَّتِهِ بِاسْمِ اللَّهِ وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ ‏

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2788, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3121, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 375. Declared authentic by Imam Ibn Khuzaymah, Hadith: 2899 and Imam Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 467. Hafiz Dhahabi concurs. Also see Al Ajwibatul Mardiyyah, vol. 2 pgs. 803-805 and Hashiyatus Sindhi ‘Ala Musnadil Imam Ahmad)

 

Note

1) The du’a has been reported with variation in the wordings. I have cited the version recorded in Sunan Abi Dawud.

2) The text in bold, translates as ‘From Muhammad and his Ummah’. A person may use his own name instead.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar