'Eed sacrifice for family members who spend on themselves

30/11/2008| IslamWeb



What is the ruling of sacrifice, if all the members of the family is earning and all live together. They have to offer sacrifice separately or one is enough for all family.


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According to the view of the majority of the scholars  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them 'Eed sacrifice is desirable but not an obligation for any Muslim who is able to do it.

As regards the members of the family who live together, if each one of them spends on himself whether he lives in a separate accommodation or shares the house with the others, then each one of them should slaughter for himself and he should not join others in his sacrifice, as stated by An-Nafraawi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him from the Maaliki School of jurisprudence, He  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him also said: 'Each one who offers a sacrifice separately from the others should intend the reward for his young children and his wife. In case everyone is avaricious to sacrifice a sheep for himself, then they may act according to the view of Imaams Ash-Shaafi'ee and Abu Haneefah  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  them who are of the view that one sheep is sufficient, and so, slaughter only one sheep for all of them.'

In case the father spends on all the members of the family for instance, then, in this case, the sacrifice of their father is sufficient for them if he intends the reward for them as well.

Allah knows best.

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