Quran doesn’t mention a specific word for “Bestiality”. It doesn’t mean it is allowed or it is not a sin. There are many things which Quran didn’t mention directly but yet rules of Quran apply on them.
Homosexuality, Bestiality and Masturbation are forbidden according to following verses of Quran:
Reference: Chapter 23: AL-MU’MINUN (THE BELIEVERS)>> Verse 5-7
Online Source: https://quran.com/23/5-7
5. And they who guard their private parts
6. Except from their wives or those their right hands possess, for indeed, they will not be blamed
7. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors
Repeated again in 70:29-31
- The Phrase “guard private parts” means abstain from unlawful sexual intercourse wherever this phrase is mentioned in Quran.
- The Phrase “right hand possesses” is used for “Slaves” in general (Read Quran: 30:28 4:36 4:3 24:58 24:33 and specifically used for “female slaves”( Read Quran: 16:71 33:55 33:50 4:3 4:24 4:25 24:31 33:52) when talking about carnal relations in Quran. Many translators have directly translated “right hand possesses” as “female slaves”. See http://www.islamawakened.com/quran/23/6/default.htm
Tafsir of 23:5-7:
Tafsir Maariful quran by Mufti Shafi.
Tafsir Al Jalalayn:
But whoever seeks anything beyond that intercourse with wives and concubines such as masturbation those they are transgressors who have overstepped the bounds into what is not lawful for them.
Abu Ala Maududi
The sentence “…. but those who go beyond this (in lust for sexual desire), shall be transgressors” has made satisfaction of sex desire in other ways unlawful, whether it be through fornication, homosexuality, sex gratification with animals, or some other means.
There are few traditions which are reported from the Prophet SAWW about “Bestiality”. I will write them one by one on the basis of the topic.
Curse on those who commits bestiality:
In these traditions the Prophet(SAW) cursed those who commits bestiality. There are two Companions from which Such hadiths are reported. They are Ibn E Abbas and Abu Huraira(RA).
The tradition below is narrated from Ibn E Abbas and declared Saheeh(Authentic) by Albani and Ahmed Muhammed Shakir while Darussalam and Shoaib Arna’ut declared it Hasan(good).
Narrator: Ibn Abbas
The Prophet (SAWW) said:”۔۔۔۔۔۔۔ cursed be the one who commits bestiality, cursed be the one who does the deed of the people of Loot.
Hasan Isnad (Darussalam)
Sahih(Albani) (Source: http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-9442/page-6173 )(3462)
Ahmed Shakir: Sahih Isnad (http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-98139/page-994)
Shu’ayb Arna’ut: Hasan (http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-25794/page-1373)
References: Ahmad(1875, 2915, 2916 & 2917), Tirmidhi(1456), Ibn Hibban (4417), Abdur Razzaq(13494 & 13495), Mustadrak(8052), Dhamm Al Malahi(156),Kubra Al Nasa’i(7297), Kubra al bayhaqi(17017,17018), Al Kabir Tabrani(11546) 1
The tradition is also reported from Abu Huraira in Mustadrak al Hakim(8053), Shuab Ul Iman(5059), Masawi al Akhlaq(415) but it is classified as weak 2
Al Ausat (6854), Shuab Ul Iman(4976)
Narrator: Abu Huraira
The Prophet (pbuh) said,
“Four people entail Allah’s wrath in night and day. ” It was asked, “Who are they, Messenger of Allah?”
He answered, “Effeminate men and masculine women, the adulterer of animals and sodomizers.” 3
Grade: Da’eef (Albani) 4
Tradition about Death Penalty for those who commits Bestiality:
English reference: Vol. 3, Book 20, Hadith 2564
Arabic reference: Book 20, Hadith 2661
Online Source: https://sunnah.com/urn/1268810
Narrator: Ibn Abbas
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“…… whoever has intercourse with an animal, kill him, and kill the animal.” 4
Grade : Sahih (Darussalam)
Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 4464
In-book reference: Book 40, Hadith 114
English translation: Book 39, Hadith 4449
Online Source: https://sunnah.com/abudawud/40/114
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If anyone has sexual intercourse with an animal, kill him and kill it along with him. I (Ikrimah) said: I asked him (Ibn Abbas): What offence can be attributed to the animal/ He replied: I think he (the Prophet) disapproved of its flesh being eaten when such a thing had been done to it.
Not Strong tradition ( Abu Dawood in his Sunan)
Trustworthy (Ibn Hajar) https://sunnah.com/urn/2115030
Hasan Sahih (Al-Albani)
Sahih Isnad(Ahmad Shakir) http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-98139/page-1222
Hasan Isnad/Jayyid (Shoaib Arnaut) http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-98139/page-1222
Hasan (Sameer Ameen Zihri) http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-9111/page-1189
Again repeated in the Trimidhi with same narrators.
Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1455
In-book reference: Book 17, Hadith 38
English translation: Vol. 3, Book 15, Hadith 1455
Online Source: https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/17/38
Reported by Ahmad and Al-Arba’a(four Imams). Its narrators are reliable. However, there is some difference regarding it (i.e. its legal rulings)
Someone may object that Bestiality might not be allowed in Sunni Islam but It may be allowed in Shia Islam. Well I’m here producing verses from Al Kafi_ the most trustworthy book of hadiths for Shias.
Reference: Al kafi>> Volume:5>> Book: Marriage>> (Part 7)>> Chapter 179 – The Masturbation and copulating with the animals>> Hadith No 3
Book Reference: Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 177 H 3
Online Source: https://www.hubeali.com/alkafivol5e/ (part 1)
Muhammad Bin Yahya, from Muhammad Bin Ahmad, from Ahmad Bin Al Hassan, from Amro Bin Saeed, from Musaddiq Bin Sadaqa, from Ammar Bin Musa,(It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullahasws regarding the man who copulates with an animal, or rubs (masturbates)’. So heasws said: ‘Everything what man causes his water to descend regarding this and what resembles it, so it is adultery’
Muhammad Baqir Mujallisi: Musooq(Trustworthy), And it is strong in Isnad and hence declared prohibition (of masturbation and bestiality)
Reference: Maratul Aqool>> Volume:20>> Book: Marriage>> Chapter>> Masturbation and Copulation with animals>> Hadith 3 http://books.rafed.net/view.php?type=c_fbook&b_id=1073&page=391
There is another hadith that is also mentioned in Sunni Sources
Reference: Al kafi>> Volume:5>> Book: Marriage>> (Part 7)>> Chapter 179 – The Masturbation and copulating with the animals>> Hadith No 5
Book Reference: Al Kafi – V 5 – The Book of Marriage Ch 177 H 4
Online Source: https://www.hubeali.com/alkafivol5e/ (part 7)
Ali Bin Muhammad Al Kulayni, from Salih Bin Abu Hammad, from Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Al Nowfaly, from Al Husayn Bin Al Mukhtar, from one of his companions,
(It has been narrated) from Abu Abdullah(ASWS) having said: ‘Rasool-Allah(ASWS) said:‘Accursed is the one who copulates with an animal’
Muhammad Baqir Mujallisi: Weak(but remember still trusthworthy because Shia Fiqh Manual Wasael E Sharia.
Reference: Maratul Aqool>> Volume:20>> Book: Marriage>> Chapter>> Masturbation and Copulation with animals>> Hadith 5 http://books.rafed.net/view.php?type=c_fbook&b_id=1073&page=391
Reference: Al Kafi >> Volume: 7 >> Book: Legal Penalties >>Chapter 25: The Penalty (Hadd) upon the one who goes to the animal (bestiality)>> Hadith 1
Online Source: https://www.hubeali.com/alkafivol7/
Muhammad Bin Yahya, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad Bin Isa, from Ibn Mahboub, from Is’haq Bin Jareer, from Sudeyr, (It has been narrated) from Abu Ja’farasws regarding the man who went to the animal. Heasws said: ‘He would be penalised less than the (complete) Penalty (Hadd), and would have to compensate the price of the animal to its owner, because he has spoilt it, and it would be slaughtered, and burnt, and buried, if it was from what its flesh is eaten; and if it was from what its back is ridden upon, he would have to compensate its price, and be whipped less than the (complete) Penalty (Hadd), and it would be thrown out from the city in which the act had been committed with it, to another city where no one recognises it. So it would be sold therein, lest it be scoffed at’.
Muhammad Baqir Mujallisi: Good and trustworthy (http://books.rafed.net/view.php?type=c_fbook&b_id=1076&page=318)
Reference: Al Kafi >> Volume: 7 >> Book: Legal Penalties >>Chapter 25: The Penalty (Hadd) upon the one who goes to the animal (bestiality)>> Hadith 2
Online Source: https://www.hubeali.com/alkafivol7/
Ali Bin Ibrahim, form Muhammad Bin Isa, form Yunus, from Sama’at who said, ‘I asked Abu Abdullahasws about the man who went to an animal, or a sheep, or a camel, or a cow. So heasws said: ‘Upon him is that he would be whipped a Penalty (Hadd) less that the (complete) Penalty (Hadd). Then he would be exiled from the city to another one’. And theyasws have mentioned that the flesh of that animal is Prohibited, along with its milk’
Consensus/Ijma is the 3rd fundamental source of Sunni Islamic laws after Quran and sunnah.There is a consensus among Mujtahids that Bestiality is a forbidden act.
Maratubul Ijma by Ibn Hazm
وَاتَّفَقُوا أَن اتيان الْبَهَائِم حرَام
There is consensus(Ijma) that intercourse with animals is Haram(prohibited).
Maliki scholar Ibn Qitan(d. 1230) said same in his Masail e Ijma (3663)
Fiqh Us sunnah
أجمع العلماء على تحريم إتيان البهيمة
All scholars have consensus on prohibition of bestiality
As for Punishment, Sheikh Wahab al-Zuhayli says in his book “al-Fiqh al-Islami wa Adillatuhu 7/5360” (Islamic Jurisprudence and its Proofs):
أن يزني بآدمية، فإن أتى بهيمة فلا حد عليه باتفاق المذاهب الأربعة في الأصح عند الشافعية، ولكنه يعزر
By Agreement of all four schools of thoughts and more authentic opinion of Shafi’i School, If a man commits bestiality, then there is no Hadd(Prescribed Punishment) for him. Rather for him would be Ta’zir(discretionary punishment).
Link(for Arabic Book): http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-384/page-5199
Analogy is 4th source of Islamic laws after Quran, Hadith and Consensus of Scholars. Although analogy was not required in this case, because the first 3 source were very clear in this case but I want to just make my argument more strong.
Quran criticized people of Lot for transgressing the limit by committing homosexual acts. Analogically, these verses also condemned bestiality.
Online Source: https://quran.com/27/54-55
Reference: Chapter 27: AN-NAML (THE ANT)>> Verse 54-55
And [mention] Lot, when he said to his people, “Do you commit immorality while you are seeing?Do you indeed approach men with desire instead of women? Rather, you are a people behaving ignorantly.”
Here for bestiality , anology would be ”do you indeed approach animal with desire instead of women?”
Reference: Chapter 7:AL-A’RAF (THE HEIGHTS)>> Verse 80-81
Online Source: https://quran.com/7/80-81
And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, “Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds?Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.”
Reference: Chapter 26: ASH-SHU’ARA (THE POETS)>> Verse 165-166
Online Source: https://quran.com/26/165-166
Do you approach males among the worlds
And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing.”
Analogically, Lord created women for mating with men not men or beast and mating of a man with man or a beast is transgression.
Quran and Hadith traditions prohibit bestiality and scholars unanimously agree that Bestiality is a major sin and not allowed in Islam.
- Musnad Ahmad https://archive.org/details/EnglishTranslationOfMusnadImamAhmedBinHanbalVolume1
Jami Tirmidhi Vol. 3, Book 15, in commentary of Hadith 1456(not translated in English)
Sahih Ibn Hibban http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-1729/page-6611
Musannaf Abdur Razzaq http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-13174/page-14640
Dhamm Al Malahi http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-8230/page-166
Sunan Kubra Al Nisa’i http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-8361/page-10083
Sunan Al Kubra By Bayhaqi http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-7861/page-19411
Al Mu’jam Al Kabir Tabrani http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-1733/page-13609
- Mustadrak Al Hakim> Book of Prescribed Punishments> Hadith: 8053
Imam Dhahabi declared it weak chain of narration in his commentary of Mustadrak due to presence of Haroon bin Haroon. Khirtai and Bayhaqi reported through Muhriz, brother of Haroon who is declared Munkir e Hadith by Bukhari and Nisai.
Masawi Ikhlaq by Khirtai http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-8243/page-441
Shuab ul Iman> Chapter: 37> Hadith: 5059
- Al Mu’jam Al Ausat by Tabrani> Chapter: al Meem> whose name is Muhammad> Muhammad bin yasir Al Hiza> Hadith: 6854
Shuab ul Eman by Bayhaqi> Chapter: 37
- Sheikh Albani declared it Da’if in “Daif At Targheeb” (1449)