My father (may Allah be merciful to him) used to slaughter a cow every year during the month of Ramadan and distribute its meat to the poor in our village. Now, the people of the village (Part No. 16; Page No. 409) are no longer in need of this meat. Is it permissible to distribute the value of a cow to the poor?
Peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah be upon you!
If your father bequeathed the offering of a cow every year to be distributed to the poor, and now the people of your village are no longer in need of meat, you should distribute its meat to the poor of the nearest village. If your father did not bequeath this and you just offer it as Sadaqah (voluntary charity), it is permissible for you to replace it (the sacrifice) with anything else that will be useful to the poor, such as money and so on. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.