Q: I performed Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah without a break in between) this year with my wife. I intended to slaughter two sheep as Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims). However, one of my companions in Hajj, who had also performed Qiran Hajj with his wife, told me that he heard that
one animal is enough for both the husband and wife.
He heard this in the Khutbah (sermon) of Salat-ul-`Eid (the Festival Prayer) in
Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah).
Thus, I slaughtered one animal. I ate part of it; distributed another part among our companions who did not slaughter Hady; and distributed the rest among the needy people. Other people told me that I committed a mistake, and that it was not enough to slaughter one animal for both the husband and wife, unless in `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice), i.e. they are not performing Hajj or `Umrah. What should I do so that our Hajj is valid?
A person who performs Qiran Hajj or Tamattu` Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) should slaughter Hady, which is a sheep, one seventh of a camel or one seventh of a cow. If they can not do so, they should observe Sawm (fasting) for three days during Hajj (Part No. 11; Page No. 373) and seven days after returning home. As your intention was to slaughter for yourself and your wife, you should slaughter another Hady for both of you. As for Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims), you only need to sacrifice one for the household, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to slaughter one Ud-hiyah for himself and his household.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.