Fatwa: # 31556
Category: Miscellaneous
Country: South Africa
Date: 29th July 2020


Are the qurbani age requirements in animals also necessary for consumption & sadaqah?


I know that for Qurbani and Aqeeqah the ages for animals' eligible for slaughter are as follows:

Goat/sheep - 1 year

Cattle - 2 years

Camel - 5 years.

Do the above requirements also applie to the slaughter of an animal for sadaqah or personal consumption.


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

As-salāmu alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The animal ages mentioned above are not requirements for regular consumption or sadaqah. These ages are specific with ibaadat and qurbaani.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

AbdulMannan Nizami

Student Darul Iftaa
Chicago, IL, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




[1]ثمّ يخْتَصُّ جَوَازُ الْأُضْحِيَّةِ بِالْإِبِلِ وَالْبَقَرِ وَالْغَنَمِ، وَلَا يُجْزِئُهُ إلَّا الثَّنِيُّ مِنْ ذَلِكَ فِي الْإِبِلِ وَالْبَقَرِ وَالْمَعْزِ وَيُجْزِئ الْجَذَعُ مِنْ الضَّأْنِ إذَا كَانَ عَظِيمًا سَمِينًا لِمَا رُوِيَ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ - عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ - قَالَ «ضَحُّوا بِالثَّنِيَّاتِ، وَلَا تُضَحُّوا بِالْجِذْعَانِ» ، وَلِأَنَّ الْجَذَعَ نَاقِصٌ، وَقَدْ أُمِرْنَا فِي الضَّحَايَا بِالِاسْتِعْظَامِ وَالِاسْتِشْرَافِ قَالَ - عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ - «عَظِّمُوا ضَحَايَاكُمْ فَإِنَّهَا عَلَى الصِّرَاطِ مَطَايَاكُمْ» .

فَأَمَّا الْجَذَعُ مِنْ الضَّأْنِ يُجْزِئُ لِحَدِيثِ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ - أَنَّ رَجُلًا سَاقَ جَذَعًا إلَى مِنًى فَبَادَتْ عَلَيْهِ فَرَوَى أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ - أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ - صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ - قَالَ «نِعْمَتْ الْأُضْحِيَّةُ الْجَذَعُ مِنْ الضَّأْنِ فَانْتَهِبُوهَا» ، ثُمَّ الثَّنِيُّ مِنْ الْغَنَمِ وَهُوَ الَّذِي تَمَّ لَهُ سَنَتَانِ عِنْدَ أَهْلِ الْأَدَبِ، وَعِنْدَ أَهْلِ الْفِقْهِ الَّذِي تَمَّتْ لَهُ سَنَةٌ وَالثَّنِيُّ مِنْ الْبَقَرِ الَّذِي تَمَّ لَهُ حَوْلَانِ وَطَعَنَ فِي الثَّالِثِ عِنْدَ جُمْهُورِ الْفُقَهَاءِ - رَحِمَهُمُ اللَّهُ - وَمِنْ الْإِبِلِ الَّذِي تَمَّ لَهُ خَمْسُ سِنِينَ وَالْجَذَعُ مِنْ الْإِبِلِ مَا تَمَّ لَهُ خَمْسُ سِنِينَ وَمِنْ الْبَقَرِ مَا تَمَّ لَهُ حَوْلَانِ وَهَكَذَا مِنْ الْغَنَمِ عِنْدَ أَهْلِ الْأَدَبِ، وَعِنْدَ أَهْلِ الْفِقْهِ إذَا تَمَّ لَهُ سَبْعَةُ أَشْهُرٍ فَهُوَ جَذَعٌ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ، وَلَا خِلَافَ أَنَّ الْجَذَعَ مِنْ الْمَعْزِ لَا يَجُوزُ، وَإِنَّمَا ذَلِكَ مِنْ الضَّأْنِ خَاصَّةً.

[المبسوط للسرخسي، باب الاضحیة، ج۱۲، ص۹، دار المعرفة]

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