Is it sufficient for ''Aqiqah (sacrifice

Q: We hope that your Eminence will inform us - May Allah render you the benefit and reward you with Good - of the types and features of the sheep suitable for offering Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) and Udhiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims), and the prescribed age for them. In case the animal is over age by three or four months, is it permissible to offer them as Hady and Ud-hiyah? Or should it not be over age in any way than the limit prescribed by Shar` (Islamic law)? As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmat-ull-Allah -i- wa barakatuh (Peace be upon you).

A: What suffices [fulfils the act of sacrifice] as Ud-hiyah and Hady regarding sheep is anything that is not one-eyed, (Part No. 11; Page No. 414) lame, sick, nor rawboned. What suffices in sheep is what reaches six months old, and one year in the case of goats. Thus whoever slaughters an Ud-hiyah or a Hady at this age or more, it will suffice them.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.