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Important Rules and Condition for Slaughtering an Animal

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*BELOW ARE IMPORTANT RULES AND CONDITIONS FOR SLAUGHTERING AN ANIMAL FOR SACRIFICE ON EID UL AD’HA*

*Minimum age for sacrificial animals:*
*-a. Cows: 2 years*
*-b. Camels: 5 years*
*-c. Goats: 12 months*
*-d. Sheep: 12 months*

1. *Every sane adult male and female Muslim who can afford to sacrifice an animal should sacrifice one as an act of worship*

2. *The animals can be sacrificed starting from after the eid salaah on 10th DhulHijjah until 13th DhulHijjah*

3. *Eligible animals are: goats, sheep, cows, camels*

4. *Goats and sheep must be at least 12 months old*

5. *Cows and camels also have a minimum age.*

6. *A goat/sheep may be slaughtered only as a single sacrifice i.e. it forms only a single share.*

7. *Upto seven people can jointly sacrifice one cow or one camel i.e. a cow/camel can have upto seven shares.*

8. *A sacrificial animal should be free of any physical defect: injury, wound, deformity, etc.*

9. *The animal must be slaughtered in the Islamic manner:*
*-a. Place the animal on its side facing qiblah*
*-b. Slaughter it using a very sharp knife, slide the knife two and a half times across the throat slicing the jugular vein and draining all the blood*
*-c. Slaughter it out of sight of other sacrificial animals*
*-d. Recite ALLAAHU AKBAR at the time of slaughtering*

*10. The slaughtered animal’s meat should be shared in three lots:*
*-a. One third to the poor and needy.*
*-b. One third to friends and relatives.*
*-c. One third for self.*

*11. The skin, intestines, head, hooves etc SHOULD NOT be given as payment to the slaughterer.*

*12. The Muslim who intends to slaughter SHOULD NOT clip his/her nails or trim any hair from the time of the new crescent of Dhul Hijjah UNTIL AFTER offering the sacrifice.*

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