Striking the neck to kill in Islam- Ibn Taymiyyah

“The legislated manner of killing is to strike the neck with a sword or something like it because that is the least painful way of killing, and as such is how Allah legislated killing that which it is allowed to kill whether human or beast, when possible in this manner. As the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“Indeed Allah has prescribed the most excellent way in all things- thus when you kill, then kill in a good way; when you slaughter, then slaughter in a good way- sharpen the blade and calm that which you will slaughter [Sahih Muslim].”

[Fiqh of Jihad by Ibn Taymiyyah p. 61-62]

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