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Offering Sacrifice: Any Restrictions on the Family?

Question:

Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. If the man is the one who is going to offer the sacrifice, is it permissible for his wife and children to cut their hair or nails once the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah begin? Jazakum Allah khayran.

 

Answer:

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

With regard to the family of the one who is going to offer the sacrifice, they are not subject to any restriction in this regard.


In response to your question, the late Saudi scholar Sheikh Ibn Baz, states:

Udhiyah is one of the great Islamic rituals through which we commemorate the genuine obedience of our forefather Ibrahim to his Lord. In this act of sacrifice there is much goodness and blessing, and hence a Muslim needs to pay attention to its unique significance.

With regard to the family of the one who is going to offer the sacrifice, they are not subject to any restriction in this regard. It is not forbidden for them to remove any of their hair or nails, according to the sounder of the two scholarly views.

Such a ruling applies only to the one who is going to offer the udhiyah and has bought the sacrificial animal from his own wealth.

Moreover, the late Saudi scholar Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen said in his book al-Sharh al-Mumti`,

There is no blame on the person on whose behalf the sacrifice is offered if he removes any of his hair or nails. The following evidences attest to this conclusion:

1- The apparent meaning of the hadith indicates that the restriction applies only to the one who is going to offer the sacrifice.

Based on this, the restriction applies only to the head of the household, not to the members of his family, because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) related the ruling to the one who is going to offer the sacrifice.

Thus, what is understood is that this ruling does not apply to those on whose behalf the sacrifice is offered.

2- The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to offer the udhiyah sacrifice on behalf of his household and it was not narrated that he commanded them not to remove any of their hair or nails. Had this been forbidden for them, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) would have told them not to do it. This view is the more correct opinion.

Allah Almighty knows best.

 

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