Animal sacrificing in Hajj
In the Islamic feast of Id al-Adha, a large number of animals are sacrificed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and other corners of the world. Id Al-Adha is a festival that is celebrated after the accomplishment of Hajj pilgrimage in the last month of Islamic calendar Dhul Hijja. The sacrifice of an animal in the name of Allah جل و عز is one of the foremost rituals for the entire Muslim pilgrims that perform Hajj al-Tamattu. Usually, the slaughtering of an animal is processed in the daytime and the sacrifice is considered as valid only if the person practising the same makes a Niyyah of slaughtering the animal only in the name of Almighty. Though the sacrifice should be made at Mina if the pilgrims observe a huge crowd and can’t find enough space or the animal to slaughter there they can opt for Wadi Muhassar.
According to the rules of sacrifice in Islam, the Hady should be made within the day of Id Al-Adha. However, due to certain circumstances, if the pilgrim is unable to make the sacrifice within the same day then he is entitled to make it before 13th Dhul Hijja. After this date, the sacrifice becomes invalid and unacceptable. The animals that can be slaughtered are a camel, cow, or a sheep. If the pilgrim desires to sacrifice a camel then it is a must to ascertain if the same has attended an age of 5 years. Likewise, if the cow or sheep is preferred for the sacrifice then these animals should be of more than 2 years. If you have sacrificed the animal with the age lower than that mentioned in Hadith then the sacrifice will not be termed as valid. Apart from this, certain precautions should be taken before cutting the windpipe of the animal so that the animal should not die before the actual slaughter.