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#1051: On The Forbiddance Of Taking From The Outer Skin In The First 9 Days Of Dhu Hijjah For The One Who Intends To Sacrifice

Assalamu’alaykum warahmatullah @ADMIN Question:ya sheikh pls i want you to clarify to me the statement removing the skin which is contain in the following hadith:
On the authority Umm Salaah [May Allaah be Pleased with her] that the Prophet [May the Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him] said
“When the then days of Dhul Hijjah start and one of you wish to offer a sacrifice then he/she must make sure that they don’t cut their hair nor remove any skin from their bodies”


Wa Alaykum Salam Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh


The Hadith to which you refer is the Hadith that was recorded by Imam Muslim from Umm Salamah radiyallahu anha where she said:

إذا دخلت العشر وأراد أحدكم أن يضحي فلا يمس من شعره وبشره شيئا

“Whenever the 10 days have approached and one of you intends to sacrifice, let him not take anything off of his hair nor his outer skin”

What is meant by the outer skin is explained in other Riwayaat
(other Narrations) that mention hairs and nails. This is because hairs and nails grow off the outer skin.

One of those Narrations states:

فلا يأخذن شعرا ولا يقلمن ظفرا

“He must neither take of his hair nor trim off his nails”

Hairs and nails are not to be taken off by either cutting or trimming.

The position held by Sa’id bn Musayyib, Rabi’ata Ar-Ra’ay, Ahmad bn Hanbal, Is’haaq bn Raahawayh, Daawud Adh-Dhaahiri and some of THE Shaafi’i Imams is that it is Haraam for the one who intends to sacrifice to take any of hairs or nails from his body once the first ten days has set in. Both hairs of the head and hairs on the skin.

The position of Ash-Shaafi’i is that it is Makruh and not Haraam. This is also the official position in his Madh’hab.

Abu Hanifah and the position of his school is that it is not Makruh and it is permissible.

Whereas, the Maliki school is not united on this matter because there are different positions from Maalik in this matter. While some narration shows that he considered it permissible, others show that he considered it Makruh.

And Allah knows best.

Each of these Imams have evidences for their positions, no doubt.

The position which we deemed strong for the one who is at home and not on Hajj in this matter is that held by the Shaafi’is and some of the Malikis that it is Makruh.

We expounded on that position in our answer to Question 658 in our Telegram Channel.

And Allah knows best.

Barakallahu fikum

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