Types of Sacrifice

According to Islamic rules, a Muslim may authorize any other trusted person(s) in performing the slaughtering ritual on his or her behalf. The person(s) authorized must discharge the obligation in such a manner that would fulfill the Islamic requirements relevant to this undertaking.

Performing the sacrificial offering is not a pre-requisite for the complete termination of the state of Ihram. Pilgrims, however, should be reassured that the actual slaughtering of the sacrificial animals starts immediately after Eid-Aladha prayer and is usually completed before the sunset of the 13th of Zul Hijah (the last day of the Tashreeq days), as the Prophet (PBUH) said: Slaughtering; – all the Tashreeq days. Ahmed

Obviously, the proxy system is designed for the convenience of pilgrims, especially the elderly amongst them, sparing them the time and the trouble of inching and struggling their way through the crowds to get to the slaughterhouse.

The proxy will be appointed as an authorized by the pilgrim to carry out the sacrifice ritual on his or her behalf, or to the person acting on behalf of at least 50 pilgrims to represent the group in conducting or supervising of slaughtering. Group representatives are entitled to take a number of slaughtered sheep, fully skinned and cleaned, if they so desire.

In order to be admitted into the slaughterhouse, group representatives must produce the permits given to them by EasyHajj Society at the time of buying the coupons.

EasyHajj Society has provided all the facilities needed to ensure that the animals sold satisfy all the religious and health requirements.

Specifications required in Sacrificial Animals

According to Islamic rules, there are two major requirements that must be fulfilled in animals chosen for sacrifice: Malik has reported from Hisham Bin Urwah and he from his father that he used to tell his sons: “O my sons! Do not slaughter an animal in the name of Allah such as you will be embarrassed to present as a gift to a close and respected friend of yours. Allah is the Most Honorable and Most Generous, and He is the most deserving to be offered the best of what you have.”

  1. The animal must be of minimum age as follows:
  • Camel: 5 Years
  • Cow: 2 Years
  • Goat: 1 Year
  • Sheep: 6 Months
2. The animal must be of complete formation and development. Freedom from visible defects should be ensured. In particular, the animals should NOT be:

  • Observably lame in walking.
  • Visibly sick.
  • Clearly infirm or debilitated.
  • Noticeably one-eyed.
  • With a cut ear, or with more than half of its horn or teeth broken off.

As a rule, a sheep or a goat serves as a sacrificial offering by not more than one person; whereas a cow or a camel may be jointly offered by not more than seven persons.