Should All Family Members Abstain from Shaving Before the Slaughter of the Animal?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

If one of the family members will perform the ritual slaughter (udhiya) is it important for all other family members to not cut their hair or nails?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

No, it is praiseworthy for the person sacrificing alone to avoid such personal upkeep (shaving before the slaughter of their animal). This doesn’t extend to other members of the household.

Please also see this answer.

And Allah Most High knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.