Cutting nails/hair before qurbani.

Q. Is it true that we don’t have to pare our nails and cut our hair after seeing the moon till the qurbani is completed?

A. Yes, when the Moon (Crescent) is sighted to begin the month of Zul Hijjah, it is Mustahab (commendable) for one who wishes to do Qurbani to refrain from cutting the nails, trimming/cutting the hair until he does the Sacrifice on the day of Eid.

This is evident from the hadith in which Um Salma (RA) narrates that the Prophet (SAS) said, ‘Whoever sights the crescent of Zul Hijjah and he intends to do a Sacrifice, he should not cut his hair or nails’. (Sahih Muslim).

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan