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Cutting hairs and Nails during Dul Haj: I was not aware and just that day I cut nails and hair , also due to my nature of work, I shave regularly.

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Refering to the hadeed below, received from you Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhul-Hijjah) he should not get his hair or nails touched (cut). I was not aware and just that day I cut nails and hair, also due to my nature of work, I shave regularly. Please advise, do this mean I should give any penalty in the light of hadeed/Quran, Thanks again for your excellent service for the community.

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Due to my nature of job have to shave

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Sahih Muslim Hadith 4869         Narrated by Umm Salamah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhul-Hijjah) he should not get his hair or nails touched (cut).

There is indeed a mention in the authentic Sunnah that one who intends to offer a sacrifice during the Eid-ul-Adha should not cut their hair or their nails from the beginning of the month of Dhul-Hijjah until the sacrifice is completed.

There is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars and jurist in Islam regarding the implications of this guidance.  Some amongst the scholars, including Imam Ibn-Taimiyaah, are of the opinion that by the statement: When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhul-Hijjah).. does not imply to all the believers in general, but implies only to those believers who wish to offer the Hajj pilgrimage, and it is they who should abstain from cutting their hair or their nails.

Other scholars are of the opinion that the wordings of the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) are absolutely clear and in their opinion any believer who, regardless of whether or not he/she is performing the Hajj pilgrimage, intends to offer a sacrifice during the Eid-al-Adha, all of them should abstain from cutting their hair and their nails from the beginning of the month of Dhul-Hijjah until the sacrifice is completed. 

Although it would not be prudent or wise to discount or overrule the opinion of a scholar of the stature of Imam Ibn-Taimiyaah, in our humble opinion, it would be safest for all the believers who intend to offer a sacrifice during the Eid-al-Adha, regardless of whether they intend to perform the Hajj pilgrimage or not, to abstain from cutting their hair or their nails from the beginning of the month of Dhul-Hijjah until the sacrifice is completed on the Day of Eid. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

If one is not on the Hajj pilgrimage and intends to offer a sacrifice, and happens to clip their nails or cut their hair or wishes to shave in the ten days preceeding Eid Al Adha, the scholars are of the opinion that there is no harm and one need not offer any 'kaffarah' or penalty as the terms and the tone of the quoted hadith are more of a recommendation rather than a Command. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

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