READ: No reward for Muslims who bought Sallah rams with stolen money - Scholar

 The scholar said stealing of any form is prohibited in Islam and that Allah will not accept any act of worship done with either stolen or looted funds.

Zamfara State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Sheikh Tukur Jangebe. [blueprint]

An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Tukur Jangebe, has said that any Muslim who used stolen money to buy animals for Sallah should expect no reward from Allah.

Jangebe, who is also the Zamfara State Commissioner for Religious Affairs, said this in an interview with The Punch.

Ram slaughtering is a religious rite Allah mandated Muslims to observe but with a proviso that only those who have the financial capacity are compelled to oblige.

Jangebe's comment is coming on the back of a recent trending video of two youths who allegedly stole rams for Sallah.

Commenting on the essence of slaughtering animals on Sallah day, the cleric said, "slaughtering animals on Sallah day is to perform one of the Sunnah (actions) of our noble and humble Prophet Muhammad, who also slaughtered animals during his lifetime.

"The slaughtering of ram started from the time when Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, directed Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his only son, Ismail, and in the process of trying to slaughter the child, Allah, in His infinite mercy, replaced the son with a ram.

"So, from that time to date, Muslims are directed by Allah, through Prophet Muhammad, to observe the worship during the annual Eid Al Adha festival, otherwise called Sallah," he told The Punch.

When asked if there's any reward for anyone who slaughters stolen animal, the Commissioner said, "Allah does not reward any religious activity which is done with either stolen or looted money. So if somebody steals money and buys sacrificial animal for Sallah he will not get any reward for God."

The Sheikh, however, said Muslims are permitted to keep the Sallah meat for as long as one desires because God only wants the animals to be sacrificed in his name while the meat could either be kept by the owner of the animal or be given out to the needy.

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