Hadith on Animals: Forbidden to use living animals as targets

Sa’id ibn Jubayr reported: I was with Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with him, when we passed by a group who had tied down a chicken and they were using it as a target. When they saw Ibn Umar, they fled and left it behind. Ibn Umar said, “Who has done this? The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, has cursed whoever has done this.”

In another narration, Ibn Umar said, “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, has cursed whoever takes something with a soul as his target.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5196, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1958

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ قَالَ كُنْتُ عِنْدَ ابْنِ عُمَرَ رضي الله عنه فَمَرُّوا بِفِتْيَةٍ أَوْ بِنَفَرٍ نَصَبُوا دَجَاجَةً يَرْمُونَهَا فَلَمَّا رَأَوْا ابْنَ عُمَرَ تَفَرَّقُوا عَنْهَا وَقَالَ ابْنُ عُمَرَ مَنْ فَعَلَ هَذَا إِنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَعَنَ مَنْ فَعَلَ هَذَا

وفي رواية أخرى قال إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَعَنَ مَنْ اتَّخَذَ شَيْئًا فِيهِ الرُّوحُ غَرَضًا

5196 صحيح البخاري كتاب الذبائح والصيد باب ما يكره من المثلة والمصبورة والمجثمة

1958 صحيح مسلم كتاب الصيد والذبائح وما يؤكل من الحيوان باب النهي عن صبر البهائم