The ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are about to start. We spoke about the good deeds that can be done in these days in the previous article. All above mentioned good deeds have no specific rules to be noted except Sacrifice . Sacrifice is a different worship which is related to these blessing ten days. For this, it has some specific rules to be performed in the right way as the prophet peace be upon him showed us. So, the next question would be; What a muslim should avoid doing during these ten days if he wants to offer sacrifice?
A muslim offering a sacrifice must avoid the following:
- Cutting his nails and hair.
- Removing anything from his skin, from the beginning of the ten days till after he offer his sacrifice.
The prophet peace be upon him said “when you see the new moon of Dul-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should to stop cutting his hair and nails till he has offered his sacrifice” [Muslim13:146]
Below are some answers to important question about the sacrifice .
What if a person did any of these things deliberately?
He must seek Allah forgiveness and is not required to offer an extra sacrifice, his sacrifice will be accepted.
What about the person who has cut his hair or nails during the first ten days; As he was not planning to offer a sacrifice?
If he decided later to offer a sacrifice; He must refrain from cutting his hair and nails from the moment that he make this decision.
May be a muslim who intend to offer a sacrifice is being harmed with his hair or nails. What should he do?
Yes , in this case he can cut his hair and his nails and there is nothing wrong with that.
A muslim was planning to offer sacrifice but then he decided to perform Hajj, What should he do?
He should stop cutting his hair or nails except if necessary. However, if he is performing Umra then coming out from Ihraam and entering a new Ihraam for Hajj, he should trim his hair at the end of his Umrah as it is a part of the ritual.
These prohibitions appears to apply only to the one who is offering the sacrifice not on his wife or children, unless any of them is offering a sacrifice of their own share.
Any muslim – who intend to offer a sacrifice – are not forbidden to wear perfume, have marital relations, wear sewn garments,etc.