Non-pilgrims who intend to sacrifice: Avoid cutting hair and nails

Question 1: Concerning the Hadeeth which states that anyone who wants to offer an Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims), either to be done by them or on their behalf, must refrain with the onset of Dul-Hijjah from cutting anything from their hair, skin or nails until they have offered the Ud-hiyah. Does this prohibition apply to all the members of a household, old and young, or does it apply to the adults only and not the children?

Answer: The wording which we know for this Hadeeth is not as mentioned by the questioner. The wording which we know to be authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) is the one narrated by five out of the six Compilers of Hadeeth (Muslim, Ibn Maajah, ‘Aboo Daawood, Al-Tirmidee and Al-Nasaa’ee; except Al-Bukhaaree) on the authority of Ummi Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: When you see the new moon of Dul-Hijjah, and one of you wants to offer an Ud-hiyah, let them refrain from (cutting anything) from their hair or nails. read more here.

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