Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Distribution of the meat of camels

Quran Chapter 22  36a (Pt-17, Stg-4) (L-2112) درس قرآن

Distribution of the meat of camels

Chapter Hajj” – (The Pilgrimage) – 22

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim. 
(I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)


    وَٱلْبُدْنَ جَعَلْنَٰهَا لَكُم مِّن شَعَٰٓئِرِ ٱللَّهِ لَكُمْفِيهَا خَيْرٌ فَٱذْكُرُوا۟ ٱسْمَ ٱللَّهِ عَلَيْهَا صَوَآفَّ فَإِذَا وَجَبَتْ جُنُوبُهَا فَكُلُوا۟ مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا۟ ٱلْقَانِعَ وَٱلْمُعْتَرَّ كَذَٰلِكَ سَخَّرْنَٰهَا لَكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ 36


36a.  And the camels! We have appointed them among the ceremonies of Allah. Therein ye have much good. So mention the name of Allah over them when they are drawn up in lines. Then when their flanks fall (dead), eat thereof and feed the beggar and the suppliant. 36a.  Wal-budna  ja-‘alNaahaa  lakum-min  Sha-‘aaa-‘iRillaahi  lakum  fiihaa  khayr;  fazkurus-mAllaahi  ‘alayhaa  swaaaff.  Fa-‘izaa  wajabat  junuubuhaa  fakuluu  minhaa  wa  ‘at-‘imul-qaani-‘a  wal-mu’-tarr.




Budna – (big cattle), this word is plural of budnatun, which means “the cattle which have big bodies, camel and cow etc. are included in this kind. Sheep and goat etc. are not called “budnatun”.


Swaaaffa – (drawn up in lines), this word is plural of saaaffatun, which is feminine of saaaffun. Its origin is saffun, which means “to stand up on three feet and raise up the front left hand. It is the method of slaughtering a camel for sacrificing. The camel is not sacrificed by causing to lie down, but it is slaughtered in standing position by keeping its mouth unto The Temple of Ka’-ba in Makkah. And its front left leg is fastened with its knee. If there are many camels for sacrificing, then those all are drawn up in a line and by reciting “BisMillaahi, ‘Allaahu ‘Akbar, the spear is pierced in great vessel over its breast. When the blood is drained out then it falls down unto any flank. At that time its flesh is separated from its skin. This process is called Nahr. It is the way of sacrificing any camel.


Wajabat – (they fell), it is past tense from the word wajabun, which means “to fall on any flank”.


‘Al-qaani-‘u – (that who is sitting with patience), the person who does not beg from any other person, it is the subject from Qanaa-‘at, which means “contentment”.  


Mu’-tarra – (the suppliant), the person; who begs from the people.


It is commanded: There are worldly benefits also in the camels for you, as well as Allaah Almighty has made them a source of His remembrance too. You should mention the name of Allaah Almighty over them when you are going to slaughter them for sacrificing and they are drawn up in lines. When their flanks fall dead, then you should separate their flesh from the skin, eat its meat yourselves and feed the necessitous people, whether those are beggars who do not have patience or they are suppliant. In the Arab, often camels were slaughtered for sacrifice. Way of its sacrificing has been explained in this verse and the Messenger of Allaah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) has shown practically that how should it be slaughtered. Now it is the tradition of sacrificing the camels but other cattle are sacrificed by causing to lie down as usual.


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