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Q: Is the Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) for the dead slaughtered during the days of `Eid Al-Adha? Is it permissible for the children of the deceased, who did not bequeath a sum of money, to slaughter the Ud-hiyah from their money as a form of Sadaqah (voluntary charity)?

A: If a person bequeathed before his death to offer Ud-hiyah, it should be slaughtered from the one third they bequeath. If they did not leave one-third of their wealth, and one of their heirs wants to offer Ud-hiyah on their behalf, this will be out of kindness and (Part No. 11; Page No. 420) righteousness. The Ud-hiyah is slaughtered throughout the four days of `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) according to the preponderant opinion of the scholars. Offering Ud-hiyah is an act of Sunnah and is not obligatory.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.