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Chapter 124
ﺎﻬﻴﻠﻋ بﻮآﺮﻟاو رﻮﻤﻨﻟا دﻮﻠﺟ شاﺮﺘﻓا ﻦﻋ ﻲﻬﻨﻟا بﺎﺑ
Prohibition of using the skin of the Leopard
َلﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر َﺔﻳوﺎﻌُﻣ ْﻦﻋ
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳر لﺎﻗ
َرﺎﻤﱠﻨﻟا َﻻَو ﱠﺰَﺨﻟا اﻮﺒَآْﺮَﺗ َﻻ
ﻏو دواد ﻮﺑَأ ُﻩاور ، ﻦﺴﺣ ﺚﻳﺪﺣ
ٍﻦﺴﺣ ٍدﺎﻨﺳﺈﺑ ﻩﺮﻴ
Mu`awiyah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"Do not ride on
saddles made from silk or leopard's skin.''
[Abu Dawud].
This Hadith prohibits Muslim men from using fur and the leopard's hide. In fact the non-Muslim
contemporaries of the Prophet (PBUH) used to wear them. Since, they had an epicurean lifestyle, unconcerned about
the Hereafter, the Muslims were dissuaded from emulating their example. The motive behind the ban by Messenger
of Allah (PBUH) was to help believers in acquiring a sense of Taqwa
(consciousness of Allah/fear of Allah).
As for
pure silk, Muslim men are totally disallowed to use it. Even the saddle-cloth must not be of silk. The same rule
applies to any usable thing made from the leopard's hide because it is expressive of arrogance and also bears
resemblance to the non-Muslim way of life.
ِدﻮُﻠُﺟ ْﻦﻋ ﻰَﻬَﻧ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر ﱠنأ ، ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲﺿر ، ِﻪﻴﺑَأ ﻦﻋ ﺢﻴﻠﻤﻟا ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
حﺎﺤﺻ ﺪﻴِﻧﺎَﺳَﺄﺑ ﻲﺋﺎﺴﻨﻟاو ، يﺬﻣﺮﺘﻟاو ، دواَد ﻮﺑأ ُﻩاور
Abul-Malih on the authority of his father reported:
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) prohibited the use of the skins
of wild animals.
[Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa'i].
Another narration in At-Tirmidhi is: Messenger of Allah (PBUH)
forbade the use of the skins of wild animals in
making Firash (i.e., something to sit on or lie down on, such as cushions, pillows, covers, spreads, saddles, etc.).
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) has forbidden the use of hide of wild beasts. Explaining the ban by
Messenger of Allah (PBUH), some say that even the tanning process cannot wipe out hair from a beast's hide. As a
result it retains some impurity. Others think that the prohibitive order is related only to the untanned hides and is
inapplicable to the tanned ones. This opinion also goes since such hides are used by extravagant and arrogant
people, and its use by Muslims may hold them analogous to the former. But Imam Ash-Shaukani is of the view that
the hides of beasts, whether tanned or untanned, must not be used. We also have in view the saying of Messenger of
Allah (PBUH):
"Tanning purifies every hide.''
Yet, in the light of the current Hadith it will be considered as specific.
The hides of beasts will remain unclean and unusable in all circumstances.