Impermissibility of specifying the fifteenth of Sha`ban to slaughter an endowed sheep

Q: There is a farm known as (the farm of Aal Firtan). It is hard to irrigate this farm and it is in the village of Al-Marmadah which is a part of the land of Rabi`ah and Rufaydah, `Asir region. We inherited this farm from our family. For many years we have been in the habit of slaughtering a sheep on the fifteenth of Sha`ban. Then, we asked many shaykhs and scholars including Shaykh `Aly Al-Tantawy for a Fatwa on this and he told us that it is not permissible to do so. We have not slaughtered a sheep for two years. The Fatwa we had then was a verbal Fatwa. The people of the village opposed us and said it should be slaughtered on the fifteenth of Sha`ban, as it is a Waqf (endowment). I hope you will give us a Fatwa in this regard to convince the people of the village, (Part No. 16; Page No. 107) as they are still opposing me. May Allah reward you best for doing good.

A: It is permissible to slaughter a sheep from the revenue of the Waqf (endowment) at any time of the year most especially during the blessed days such as the days of Ramadan and the month of Al-Muharram. However, it is not permissible to specify the fifteenth of Sha`ban for slaughtering the sheep. As regards the Waqf itself, it has to be referred to the court in the area where it is located. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.