Refraining from cutting one’s hair and nails during the first ten days of Zil Hijjah

Q: Insha Allah I am going to do qurbaani. So from which date should I not cut my hair and nails?

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A: It is mustahab for one who is going to carryout the Qurbaani that he refrain from cutting his hair and clipping his nails from the time the crescent of Zul Hijjah is sighted till the time the Qurbaani animal is slaughtered.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

عَن أُمِّ سَلَمَة رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهَا عَنِ النَّبِي صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ كَانَ لَهُ ذِبْحٌ يَذْبَحُهُ فَإِذَا أُهِلَّ هِلَالُ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ، فَلَا يَأْخُذَنَّ مِنْ شَعْرِهِ، وَلَا مِنْ أَظْفَارِهِ شَيْئًا حَتَّى يُضَحِّيَ (مسلم 2/160)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)