What is the scholars' opinion concerning some people who, before performing Salat-ul-Istisqa' (Prayer for rain), share the price of a cow or a bull, and then take it to the top of a certain mountain in a specific manner and slaughter the animal and afterwards they perform (Part No. 2; Page No. 199) Salat-ul-Istisqa'? The slaughtered animal is cooked in several vessels each of which belongs to a subfraction that distributes its portion after being cooked. Please note Your Eminence that there is no paved way to ascend the mountain. Rather, the youth - not to mention the elderly - face great difficultly in ascending it. O Your Eminence! Is their act this permissible? Is there a basis for it in the purified Shari`ah (Islamic Law)? They say: No sooner we distribute the meat - or sometimes even before we distribute it - than the rain falls before we descend from the mountain. This makes them stick to their opinion and give it precedence over the Shar`y (Islamic legal) texts. O Your Eminence! Please answer this my question to convey your reply to my tribe in the hope that this benefits and guides them to the truth.
Upon the lack of rain, it is prescribed to perform
Salat-ul-Istisqa', Du`a' (supplication), give to charity, and the like reported acts. However, it is not an act of Sunnah to slaughter an animal, etc. This is a Bid`ah (innovation in the religion).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.