Sharḥ ʿUmdatul Aḥkām – Kitāb al-Aṭʿimah – [The Book of Eating] Hadith No.372 –:– The Prohibition of Eating the Meat of Domesticated Donkeys

Sharḥ ʿUmdatul Aḥkām

Kitāb al-Aṭʿimah – [The Book of Eating]

Translated Abu Ubaydah
Translated, Checked & Additional Notes
Abu Hibban & Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari

The Prohibition of Eating the Meat of Domesticated Donkeys

[372] Abdullah bin Abu Aufa (Radi Allahu Anhu) said: We were smitten with hunger during the nights of Khaibar. On the Day of Khaibar, we fell upon domestic asses and we slaughtered them, and when our earthen pots boiled with them, the announcer of Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) made an announcement that the earthen pots should be turned over, and nothing should be eaten of the flesh of the domestic asses. Some of the people said that Allah’s Messenger (Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) had forbidden the meat because the Khumus had not been paid, while others said: He prohibited it for ever.



Transmitted by

Bukhari, Book of One-fifth of Booty to the Cause of Allah (Khumus), Chapter: The food gained as war booty in the battlefield [no.3155]

Muslim, Book of The Book of Hunting, Slaughter, and what may be Eaten, Chapter: The prohibition of eating the meat of domesticated donkeys [no.1937]

See also Nasai [no.4350] (Graded Sahih by Darusalam) 


1) In the battle of Khaibar the meat of domestic donkeys was made haram. See the previous two ahadith no. 370, 371

2) There is also a hadith from Ali ibn Abi Talib (Radi Allahu Anhu) on the prohibition of eating domestic donkeys. Bukhari [no.4216], in this regard there a numerous hadith in Bukhari under the book of Kitab al-Maghazi under the chapter of Ghazwa Khaibar.

3) The hadith of Bukhari [no.5527] and Muslim [no.1936] mentions that when the prohibition for eating the meat of domestic donkeys was announced the companions were cooking the meat and at that very instance, whilst demonstrating great love and understanding of this Dīn and reverential love for the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasallam), they drained and spilled their dishes.


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