Section : Butcher’s Wages out of the Sacrifice?.

It is not permissible to give a butcher his wages out of the meat of the animal. A butcher may, however, be given a portion of the meat in charity. This is based on the statement of Ali who said, “the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered me to take care of his camels that were to be slaughtered and to distribute their meat, skins and everything else (among the needy people), but he ordered me not to give any portion of it to the butcher.” And then he said, “We shall give him from ourselves.” This is reported by the Group.

This hadith shows that one is permitted to designate someone else to slaughter the animal on one’s behalf, distribute its meat, skin and other useful parts among others, but one is not permitted to give any portion of it in wages to the butcher. A butcher should, however, be paid for his work as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “We shall give him from ourselves.”

It is reported that Al-Hasan said, “There is no harm in giving the skin of the animal to the butcher.”