Sacrifice of Tamattu’ is obligatory for children and adults

Monday 30/09/2013
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I went to Hajj with my young daughter and I intended Tamattu‘ Hajj for her, but I did not slaughter because someone told me that it is permissible not to slaughter. What is the ruling on that?

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The one who performs Tamattu' Hajj is liable to slaughter a sacrifice if he is able. If he cannot, he should fast three days in Hajj and seven when he returns to his family. This applies to adults as well as children. As for children, their guardian should fast on their behalf. If anyone says other than that, he is mistaken.

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