Such was the fervour and dedication of the Muslims of the Indian sub-continent to Ottoman Turkey, (which was then the only remaining symbol of Islam’s glory) that leading scholars like Allama Shibli issued a fatwa, given the dire circumstances that Turkey was facing on account of the Balkan wars (1912-1913),permitting the donation of cash in lieu of the sacrificial animal during the days of Eid al Adha. In his opinion, the money would help support those who were in the frontline offering their own lives in sacrifice to defend the Islamic Caliphate.
From the point of view of Islamic jurisprudence, Allama Shibli found nothing that prohibited the donation of cash in lieu of an animal in special circumstances. He conferred with Mufti Mohammed Abdullah Tonki in this matter. He also wrote to Maulana Abdul Bari Farangi Mahal seeking his opinion who endorsed his scholarly opinion. After receiving the endorsements, he had the fatwa distributed widely through newspapers. As a result, thousands of rupees were collected as donation and sent to Turkey. (see, Hayat-e-Shibli, by Maulana Syed Sulaiman Nadwi, pp 599-600).
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