Is it sufficient for 'Aqiqah (sacrifice for a newborn) and Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) to slaughter a ram whose tail (buttocks) was cut in order to increase fatness in all parts of its body?
Any sheep whose tails or buttocks were cut off are not sufficient for Ud-hiyah, `Aqiqah, or Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims). This is because it is narrated that
`Aly (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) enjoined upon us to pay great attention to the eyes and ears, and not to sacrifice a one-eyed animal, Al-Muqabilah, Al-Mudabirah (an animal with a slit which leaves something hanging at the back of the ear), Al-Kharqa', or Al-Sharqa'.
Ahmad and the Four Compilers of Hadith: 'Imams Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhy, Al-Nasa'iy and Ibn Majah' and held as Sahih (authentic) by
(Part No. 11; Page No. 413) Al-Muqabilah is an animal with a slit which leaves something hanging at the front of the ear. Al-Kharqa' is an animal with a perforation in the ear while Al-Sharqa' is an animal with a lengthwise slit in the ear. The foregoing ruling applies if the tail or buttock is cut off. On the other hand, if the ram was originally created without a tail or buttock; the same ruling on Al-Jamma' (an animal with no horn) and Al-Sam`a' (an animal with very small ears) applies for it, meaning, it may be offered as a sacrifice.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.