Purchasing a large size animal which is inedible for Qurbaani

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Q: Will it be more rewarding to purchase one goat for R3000 for qurbaani (due to its size) but whose meat is hardly edible, or to buy two sheep which have good meat for the same total price?


A: The Fuqahaa have explained that it is more rewarding for one to purchase a Qurbaani animal which has more meat compared to an animal which has less meat in the case where the value of both animals is the same. However, in the case where the Qurbaani animal is just large in size but its meat is inedible, then since the purpose of Qurbaani is also to eat from the meat (and feed one’s family, the poor, etc.) and this purpose will not be obtained, it will be better and more rewarding that one purchase two sheep that have good meat with the same money. (Shaami Vol. 6 Pg. 322)

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

فروع الشاة أفضل من سبع البقرة إذا استويا في القيمة واللحم والكبش أفضل من النعجة إذا استويا فيهما والأنثى من المعز أفضل من التيس إذا استويا قيمة والأنثى من الإبل والبقر أفضل

قال الشامي : والأصل في هذا إذا استويا في اللحم والقيمة فأطيبهما لحما أفضل وإذا اختلفا فيهما فالفاضل أولى تاترخانية (رد المحتار 6/322)

رجل اشترى للأضحية شاتين بثلاثين درهما كان ذلك أفضل من شاة واحدة بثلاثين (فتاوى قاضيخان بهامش الفتاوى الهندية 3/349)

وشراء شاتين بثلاثين أفضل من شراء شاة بثلاثين (الفتاوى البزازية بهامش الفتاوى الهندية (6/290)

الفتاوى المحمودية 26/265

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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