Is the Ud-hiyah of a person who performs Wudoo’ before slaughtering it valid and can it be eaten by him and others?

Question 26: The Imaam in our village leads people in Salaah (Prayer). He used to perform the Salaah of `Eed-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) and then perform Wudoo’ (ablution) before slaughtering his Ud-hiyah. Is it permissible to eat from the Ud-hiyah offered by this person?

Answer: It was not reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) performed Wudoo’ before slaughtering his Ud-hiyah. It was also not reported that any of the righteous predecessors or the first three generations whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) testified to be righteous did this… read more here.

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Performing Wudoo’ (ablution) before slaughtering the Ud-hiyah

Question 25: The Imaam in our village leads people in Salaah (Prayer). He used to perform the Salaah of `Eed-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) and then perform Wudoo’ (ablution) before slaughtering his Ud-hiyah. Is it permissible to eat from the Ud-hiyah offered by this person?

Answer: It was not reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) performed Wudoo’ before slaughtering his Ud-hiyah. It was also not reported that any of the righteous predecessors or the first three generations whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) testified to be righteous did this… read more here.

Staining one’s forehead with the blood of the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)

Question 24: Is it a valid act to stain one’s forehead with the blood of the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)? I saw some Muslims doing this and when I asked them about it, one of the scholars in the town replied that the companions of Ibraaheem (Abraham, peace be upon him) did so when he offered his Ud-hiyah. I asked him about the name of the book in which he read this report.However, I did not find this book and I have not enough books as I am still a student. Please clarify this act!

Answer: We know of no basis from the Qur’aan or the Sunnah that supports staining the forehead with the blood of the Ud-hiyah. Likewise, we do not know of any of the Sahaabah (the Prophet’s companions) who did this act… read more here.

Getting rid of some parts of the Ud-hiyah meat or giving them to the butcher besides his payment

Question 23: While slaughtering the Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) or Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims), is it permissible to throw their tail, belly, intestines, craw, skin and legs? Is it permissible to give them to the butcher as well as his wage?

Answer: It is permissible to give the butcher the tail, belly, intestines, craw, skin and legs beside his payment, except if there are other poor people who deserve them more than him… read more here.

A person intends to offer Ud-hiyah while he is performing Hajj or `Umrah

Question 22: Is it permissible for a pilgrim who intends to offer Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) to trim their nails or shave their hair during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah? Or do they have to remain in the state of Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) without trimming their nails, clipping or shaving their hair until they are sure that their Ud-hiyah which is supposed to be offered at Najd has already been slaughtered?

Answer: A pilgrim who performs Hajj or `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) and intends to offer Ud-hiyah has to shave or clip their hair… read more here.

A person offers Ud-hiyah on behalf of his wife who does not live with him in the same house

Question 21: I got married six months ago. My wife lives with her family as they did not permit her to come with me. Should I perform Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) in this case?

Answer: A Muslim is recommended to offer Ud-hiyah whether he has his wife with him in his house or not… read more here.

Combing the hair that does not cause it to be cut during the month of Hajj

Question 20: During the month of Hajj, is it permissible for me and for my young daughters to comb our hair when I am staying at home and not performing Hajj? Actually, some people claim that combing hair during the month of Hajj is impermissible. Please, tell me whether it is permissible for me to comb my hair.

Answer: Whoever intends to offer an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) should not in the least clip his hair, nails or skin hair once the month of Dul-Hijjah has commenced till he has offered the Ud-hiyah. In this regard, the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said… read more here.

Offered the Ud-hiyah on behalf of his parents while he had his beard shaved and his nails trimmed during the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah

Question 19: What is the ruling on a person who offered the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) on behalf of his parents while he had his beard shaved and his nails trimmed during the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah?

Answer: His Ud-hiyah is valid whether it was for himself or on behalf of his parents. Moreover, it is not nullified by shaving the beard or trimming the nails during the ten days of Dul-Hijjah before slaughtering the Ud-hiyah… read more here.

Giving a non-Muslim from the meat of the Ud-hiyah

Question 18: Is it permissible for non-Muslims to eat from the meat of the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) of `Eid-ul-Adha?

Answer: It is permissible to feed the disbelievers, Mu`aahad (those who entered into a peace covenant with Muslims) and the prisoners of war from the meat of Ud-hiyah. It is permissible to give them part of it due to their poverty, kinship or neighborhood or to incline their heart to Islaam because slaughtering the Ud-hiyah is for the sake of Allaah and an act of worship to Him. As for its meat, it is better to eat a third, give a third to one’s relatives, neighbors and friends and the other third for the poor… read more here.

How should the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) meat be done with?

Question 17: Who are those deserving to be gifted with the meat of Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)? What is the ruling on presenting the Ud-hiyah meat to a person who slaughtered the Ud-hiyah? Moreover, many Muslims in our country delay the distribution of the meat of the sheep slaughtered as Ud-hiyah to the day after the day they slaughtered it. I do not know whether it is a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) or more rewardable.

Answer: One slaughtering an Ud-hiyah may assign part of its meat to eat it himself, another part to the poor to meet their needs on that day, a third part to relatives as a means of maintaining the ties of kinship, a fourth part to neighbors as a means of coexistence and a fifth part to friends as a means of strengthening the ties of brotherhood… read more here.

Offering Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) on behalf of a dead person

Question 16: Is it permissible for a person to offer an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) on behalf of a dead person?

Answer: All Muslims have agreed upon its permissibility. So, it is permissible to offer Ud-hiyah on behalf of a dead person because of the generality of the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Uttering the intention verbally on slaughtering Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)

Question 15: Is it permissible to utter the intention verbally? For example, on slaughtering an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) on behalf of my dead father, may I say: ‘O Allaah, this is the Ud-hiyah of my father so-and-so’? Or, does it suffice to do any act without uttering the intention?

Answer: The place of the intention is in the heart. Thus, what is intended in the heart is sufficient and there is no need to utter the intention verbally. Rather, one has to say (“Bismillaah [In the Name of Allaah]”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) when slaughtering… read more here.

A hyena as an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)

Question 14: Many people claim that a hyena can be an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) for seven people.

Answer: A hyena cannot be an Ud-hiyah, neither for seven people nor for one person, as a legitimate Ud-hiyah should be of camels, cows or sheep… read more here.

Can we slaughter a ram whose tail (buttocks) was cut in order to increase fatness in all parts of its body?

Question 13: Is it sufficient for ‘Aqeeqah (sacrifice for a newborn) and Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) to slaughter a ram whose tail (buttocks) was cut in order to increase fatness in all parts of its body?

Answer: Any sheep whose tails or buttocks were cut off are not sufficient for Ud-hiyah, `Aqeeqah, or Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims). This is because it is narrated that `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him) said… read more here.

Slaughtering on the third day of `Eed al-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice)

Question 12: Is the 13th of Dul-Hijjah one of the days of `Eed-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice)? Is it permissible to slaughter until sunset on this day?

Answer: According to the preponderant opinion of the scholars, the 13th of Dul-Hijjah is considered one of the days of Eed-ul-Adha and it is permissible to slaughter on this day until sunset… read more here.

Slaughtering Ud-hiyyah before the Imaam (Muslim ruler) slaughters it

Question 11: Is it true that a person will not be granted the reward for offering Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) if they slaughter it before the Imaam (Muslim ruler) has slaughtered his own Ud-hiyyah?

Answer: The correct view is that a person will be granted the reward for offering Ud-hiyah if they slaughter it after Salaat-ul-`Eed (the Festival Prayer), regardless of whether they slaughter it after or before the Imaam has slaughtered his own Ud-hiyah… read more here.

Slaughtering the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal) at the time of Fajr Salaah

Question 10: I witnessed some sacrificial animals slaughtered at the time of Fajr (Dawn) Prayer, is it permissible to slaughter at that time or not?

Answer: It is not permissible to slaughter the Ud-hiyah at Fajr prayer on the day of ‘Eed, as the prescribed time is to slaughter it after performing the `Eed Prayer or after the period of time equivalent to that regarding those who have no `Eed Salaah… read more here.

Breaking the bones and horns of Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal)

Question 9: I own two houses, the distance between them is nearly 15 km, and I want to offer a sacrifice. Should I offer an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) at both houses? Or should I slaughter it at one house only? Knowing that I have already slaughtered it at one of the two houses, and I brought my family of my second house to witness the slaughtering. Should the bones of the Ud-hiyahs be broken after slaughtering? Should the horns be broken?

Answer: It is sufficient for you to offer only one Ud-hiyah for the two houses as long as you are the owner of both, but it will be better to slaughter two independent Ud-hiyahs for the two houses… read more here.

Sacrificial animal for one responsible for more than one family

Question 8: I own two houses, the distance between them is nearly 15 km, and I want to offer a sacrifice. Should I offer an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) at both houses? Or should I slaughter it at one house only? Knowing that I have already slaughtered it at one of the two houses, and I brought my family of my second house to witness the slaughtering. Should the bones of the Ud-hiyahs be broken after slaughtering? Should the horns be broken?

Answer: It is sufficient for you to offer only one Ud-hiyah for the two houses as long as you are the owner of both, but it will be better to slaughter two independent Ud-hiyahs for the two houses… read more here.

When does the time limit for slaughtering after obligatory Salaahs end?

Question 7: What is the number of the Days of Tashreeq during which it is permissible for a Muslim to slaughter his Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)? When should we stop reciting Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) after obligatory Prayers?

Answer: It is permissible to slaughter the Hadee (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) for Tamattu` Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) and… read more here.

Days to slaughter the Hadee for Tamattu’ Hajj

Question 6: What is the number of the Days of Tashreeq during which it is permissible for a Muslim to slaughter his Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)? When should we stop reciting Takbeer (saying: “Allaahu Akbar [Allaah is the Greatest]”) after obligatory Prayers?

Answer: It is permissible to slaughter the Hadee (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) for Tamattu` Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) and for Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and… read more here.

Defects disqualifying an animal as the sacrificial animal

Question 5: What are the flaws that invalidate Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) and those which make it reprehensible but valid? What is the best type of Ud-hiyah?

Answer: The invalidating flaws in Ud-hiyah and Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) are being one-eyed, blind, obviously sick, too thin, lame, or having broken horns and ears. The best type to sacrifice is camels, then cows, and then sheep… read more here.

A man had his hair cut during the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah

Question 4: A man had his hair cut on the tenth of Dul-Hijjah, forgetting that he will sacrifice. What is the ruling on him?

Answer: There is nothing wrong for him, for Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) describes the believers as saying: Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error According to a Hadeeth authentically… read more here.

Which is better slaughtered as sacrificial animal, sheeps or cows?

Question 3: Which is better for sacrifice, a ram or a cow?

Answer: The best animal for sacrifice is a camel, then a cow, then a sheep, then a share of a camel or cow, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said concerning Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer… read more here.

Slaughtering sacrificial animal after the ‘Asr on the days of Eed

Question 2: Some people claim that it is impermissible to slaughter Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) after the `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer on the days of `Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). Is this true, or can it be slaughtered until sunset?

Answer: It is unanimously agreed upon that it is permissible to slaughter Ud-hiyah after the `Asr Prayer on the days of `Eed-ul-Ad-haa and the three Days of Tashreeq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dul-Hijjah)… read more here.

What is the ruling on Ud-hiyah meat (sacrificial animal)?

Question 1: What is ruling on the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims)? Is it better to distribute the meat cooked or uncooked? It is said that it is impermissible to cook or break the bones of the meat of the third to be given in charity.

Answer: Ud-hiyah is a collective Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet), whereas some scholars are of the view that it is an individual obligation. Distributing it cooked or uncooked is a flexible matter… read more here.