Ruling on paying Zakah in the form of meat

A: The Zakah due on 166 cows is four Musinnahs and it is not permissible to pay meat instead of the Zakah. He should pay the due Zakah alive to the Zakah officer or to the poor without slaughtering the animals. This is admittedly true regardless f whether he pays the Zakah of the cattle he owns or buys from others.May Allah grant us success. May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.