Making wudhoo before carrying out the sacrifice

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah – Question No.4 of Fatwa No.1275
al-Bid’u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa asla lahu – Page 208

Question: The Imaam in our town leads the people in prayer. However, on the Day of ‘Eed al-Adhhaa, after leading the people in prayer, he makes wudhoo in front of everyone before he carries out the sacrifice. So, is it permissible to eat the meat from his sacrifice?

Response: It has not been transmitted on the authority of the Prophet ﷺ that he made the ablution after the ‘Eed al-Adhhaa prayer to perform the sacrifice, and this is also not known from the Pious Predecessors, nor from the generations about whom the Prophet ﷺ bore witness to their good. So, the one who makes the ablution to perform the sacrifice is ignorant and an innovator. This is authenticated on the authority of the Prophet ﷺ who said:

«Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam) that which is not from it, will have it rejected», [Saheeh al-Bukhaaree/2697 and Saheeh Muslim/1718].

However, if he has made the ablution specifically to perform the sacrifice then his sacrifice is still rewardable, so long as he is a Muslim and nothing is known about him which renders him a disbeliever, then it is permissible for him and others to eat the meat of the sacrifice.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet ﷺ and his family and his companions.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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