In this regard, the final decision should be taken in the light of
the guidance provided by the sharī‘ah regarding slaughter. According the
guidelines provided, firstly, Allah’s name must be pronounced before
sacrificing the animal and secondly, the slaughter should be done in a
specific manner that is called tadhkiyah. As a term, it means to slaughter
an animal in such way that it drains out all the blood in the animal’s body
and the animal dies because of this very reason.
Now as far as killing an animal with a rifle bullet wound is concerned, the
first condition stands fulfilled if the name of Allah is pronounced just
before pressing the trigger. Whether the second condition has been fulfilled
or not is a decision that must be taken after examining the animal. If the
animal is found alive, then of course it should be slaughtered in the
stipulated way. In case the animal is found dead, then one should try to
ascertain as much as possible whether it dies because of loss of blood or
because of some other reason. In cases, where one is not able to determine
the cause, it is better not to eat the meat of the animal.