Is hunting for pleasure allowed?

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Is hunting for pleasure allowed/sin in Islam ?  If allowed, what right do we humans have to take the life of Allah's creation for our pleasure?  I can see the logic for humane slaughtering of hallal animals for food but not for pleasure.  Please provide full details from the holy Quran/Sunnat regarding the stand of Islam on this issue. Is hunting for pleasure a grave sin?


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Is hunting for pleasure allowed?

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It is not permissible in Islam to hunt and kill a halaal animal, or any animal which is not a pest or harmful to man or his property,for the sake of pleasure alone.†† But there is absolutely no sin or harm in Islam if one hunts and kills a halaal animal and eats or distributes its meat as food, and in the process also gains pleasure out of it.


If one hunts and kills a halaal animal for pleasure alone and throws away the meat, or kills any animal which is not a pest, and not endangering man or his property, or any of the hunted animalís part is of no use to him,†† but is hunted for his pleasure alone;then it will indeed be considered a sin in Islam.


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