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Q. Is it permissible to slaughter sheep that are under one year of age? I notice many farmers are selling sheep for Qurbani that are lambs around 6 months old but they look so small.

(Query published as received) 
A. If a sheep is more than six months old but less than a year, and physically appears to be one year old it will suffice for Qurbani. (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyyah, Vol: 5, Pg: 297 & al-Mabsoot, by Sarakhsi, Vol: 12/4, Pg: 9 – 10/141, Darul Ma’rifah)
 
The condition is that the sheep must be at least six months or older and it must be so big in size that it resembles a one year old sheep. If it is small and does not resemble a one year old sheep in size, the Qurbani will not be valid.
 
 
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