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Please issue a ruling on Qur’baani of sheep with cut-off tails in KZN. Some ‘Ulama here in KZN say that it is permissible because of need. Some ‘Ulama and Muslim Organizations who do Qur’baani for distribution also use such sheep.

My concern is the definition of need. For example, here in Verulam, tail-less sheep are being sold by an Islamic organisation. They say that the non-Muslim farmer cuts off the tails due to fear of disease. Hence, they are selling tail-less sheep for Qur’baani. Muslims of Verulam are buying these sheep for Qur’baani. However, if one goes to Ottawa from Verulam, which is only 4 km away, a Muslim livestock trader has Qur’baani sheep with tails available. (He also offers free delivery.) Similarly, if one goes to Esnembe, about 30 km away, there too are tailed Qur’baani sheep being sold by Muslims. These are two examples in which I have first hand experience. Furthermore, there is certainly no shortage of tailed goats in KZN. Non-Muslim, Zulu farmers have goats throughout the year.

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Asked on August 24, 2017 7:41 am
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An animal which has a 1/3 or more tail cut is not permissible for Qurbaani.
When animals are available with full tails there is no need to use animals with cut tails.

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Answered on August 29, 2017 12:43 pm