Is it permissible to cut a sheep which has no tail for qurbani ?

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Q: Is it permissible to cut a sheep which has no tail for qurbani ?


A: There is a difference of opinion amongst the Ulama regarding the issue of the tail of a Qurbaani animal when it has been cut off for medical and health reasons. Some Ulama do not regard the tail that has been cut off for this reason to be a defect in the animal and hence, permit its slaughter.
However the more precautious view is that if one third or more of the tail has been cut, then such an animal should not be cut for Qurbaani. One should endeavour to make Qurbaani of an animal that conforms to the requirements of Qurbaani, especially when these are easily available. If there are no sheep with tails available in a certain place, then goats could be acquired or one could purchase a share in a cow or bull etc.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
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