Is the Sacrifice Obligatory for the Pilgrim Doing Hajj?


A fatwa translated into English in which Sh. Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjed (may Allah preserve him) states Muslim scholars' opinions about pilgrim's offering a sacrifice while performing rites.

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Is the udhiyah obligatory for the pilgrim doing Hajj?

هل تجب الأضحية على الحاج أثناء نسكه ؟

Sheikh Muhammad Salish Al-Munajjid

محمد صالح المنجد

Praise be to Allah.

The scholars differed concerning the ruling on the udhiyah. The majority of scholars are of the view that it is Sunnah mu'akkadah (a confirmed Sunnah), and others are of the view that it is obligatory for the one who can afford it. This has been discussed in the answer to question no. 36432.

This difference of opinion has to do with people other than the one who is performing Hajj.

As for the pilgrim, the scholars differed as to the ruling on offering an udhiyah in his case. Some say that it is prescribed – whether they regard it as mustahabb or obligatory, and others said that it is not prescribed.

Those who say that the udhiyah is not prescribed for the pilgrim differed as to the reason for that, and there are two opinions:

1. because there is no Eid prayer for the pilgrim, and his sacrifice is the hadiy of tamattu' or Qiraan

2. because the pilgrim is a traveller, and the udhiyah is prescribed for those who are not travelling. This is the view of Abu Haneefah, according to whom if the pilgrim is one of the people of Makkah, then he is not a traveller, so it is obligatory for him to offer the udhiyah.

There are following details of their views and some of their comments.

1. The Hanafis.

It says in al-Mabsoot (6/171):

It is obligatory for the one who can afford it and for non-travellers in our opinion. End quote.

In al-Jawharah al-Nayyarah (5/285, 286) it says:

It is not obligatory for the pilgrim who is a traveller. As for the people of Makkah, it is obligatory for them even if they do Hajj. End quote.

2. The Maalikis.

They said that the pilgrim does not have to offer an udhiyah because he is a pilgrim not because he is a traveller.

In al-Mudawwanah (4/101) it says:

Maalik said to me: The pilgrim does not have to offer an udhiyah even if he is one of the inhabitants of Mina once he is performing Hajj. I said: Do all people have to offer the udhiyah according to Maalik's view except the pilgrim? He said: Yes. End quote.

3. The Shaafa'is said it is mustahabb to offer the udhiyah for the pilgrim and for others.

Imam al-Shaafa'i (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The Makkan pilgrim, the one who is in transit from one country to another, the traveller, the non-traveller, and the male and female who can afford an udhiyah, are all the same and there is no difference between them. If it is obligatory for each one of them then it is obligatory for all of them and if it is waived for one of them then it is waived for all of them. If it is obligatory for some of them and not others, then the pilgrim is the one for whom it is most likely to be obligatory, because it is a sacrifice and he has to offer a sacrifice, whereas others do not have to offer a sacrifice. But it is not permissible to make something obligatory for the people without proof or to differentiate between them without the same. End quote. Al-Umm (2/348)

4. Ibn Hazm (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The udhiyah for the pilgrim is mustahabb as it is for non-pilgrims. Some people said: The pilgrim does not offer an udhiyah.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) encouraged offering the udhiyah, so it is not permissible to deny the pilgrim the virtue and possibility of drawing closer to Allah without a text to that effect. End quote. Al-Muhalla (5/314, 315)

5. According to the Hanbalis, it is permissible for the pilgrim to offer an udhiyah.

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

If he does not have a hadiy (sacrificial animal) with him, and he has to offer a hadiy because it is obligatory for him, then he should buy it. If it is not obligatory for him, but he wants to offer an udhiyah, then he may buy an animal that may be offered as such.

Al-Mughni (7/180)

In the hadeeth from 'Aa'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) it says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) offered an udhiyah on behalf of his wives in Mina during the Farewell Pilgrimage. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5239) and Muslim (1211).

Some of the scholars – such as Ibn al-Qayyim – rejected this interpretation of the hadeeth and said that what was meant by udhiyah here was the hadiy.

See: Zaad al-Ma'aad (2/262-267)

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and his student Ibn al-Qayyim favoured the view that the pilgrim should not offer an udhiyah. See al-Iqnaa' (1/409) and al-Insaaf (4/110). This view was also regarded as more correct by Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him). He (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: How can a person combine udhiyah and Hajj, and is that prescribed?

He replied: The pilgrim does not offer an udhiyah, rather he offers a hadiy. Hence the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not offer an udhiyah during the Farewell Hajj, rather he offered a hadiy. But if we assume that he is doing Hajj by himself and his family are in his homeland, then in that case he should leave his family enough money to buy an animal and offer it as an udhiyah, so he will be offering a hadiy and they will be offering an udhiyah, because the udhiyah is only prescribed in places other than Makkah, but in Makkah it should be a hadiy. End quote from al-Liqa' al-Shahri. And Allah knows best.