Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Hunting the game in Pilgrim-garb

Lesson # 656 From Holy Qur’aan

Hunting the game in Pilgrim-garb

‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage – 2

Verse – 96 of 120, Section – 13 of 16 (Part – 7)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To hunt and to eat the game of the sea is made lawful for you, a provision for you and for seafarers; but to hunt on land is forbidden to you so long as ye are in pilgrim-garb (Ehraam). And be mindful of your duty to Allaah, unto Whom ye will be gathered. ‘U-hilla  lakum  saydul-bahri  wa  ta-‘aamuhuu  mataa-‘allakum  wa  lis-say-yaarah.  Wa  hurrima  ‘alay-kum  saydul-barri  maa  dumtum  huru-maa.  WattaqUllaa-hallaziii  ‘ilayhi  tuhsharuun.            

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Some more commands about hunting the game in the form of pilgrim-garb have been described in this verse. Allaah Almighty says: O Muslims! To hunt the game of the sea i.e. to catch the fish is lawful for you in each condition even that it is not forbidden for you in the form of Ehraam too. Like this, if you possess any fish without hunting, on the condition, that has come out living from the water and died after coming out, to eat it is made lawful for you. And it has been made lawful for the purpose that you, as well as the seafarers too, may reap advantage from this permission at the time of necessity in the condition of journey.


All the ponds, the wells and pits filled with water etc. which have fish, come in the group of rivers. Then it has been commanded again that either to hunt on land (wild game), or partake somehow in it, or to give an order for it, is forbidden to you so long as you are in pilgrim-garb (Ehraam). The aim to cause to know it is that only hunting the wild game is prohibited in the form of Ehram, whereas hunting the fish is permitted, whether you hunt it yourselves or someone else (whom you have ordered) hunts it for you. This permission is for all times.


As it is forbidden to hunt wild game in the form of pilgrim-garb, likewise hunting is forbidden also for everyone in the Court of Haram (Ka’-bah) of Makkah, whether the people are in pilgrim-garb or wearing any other dress.


Some noxious things have been explained by name in the Sayings of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) that those things can be killed by everyone whether they are in pilgrim-garb or wearing any other dress. They would not have to remit any fine. Those things are “the crow, the kite, the snake, the scorpion, the rat, the mad dog and the wolf etc.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)