Is there a specific age for the hadiy and it is not permissible to slaughter an animal younger than that? What is the meaning of the words of Allah (interpretation of the meaning): “sacrifice a Hady (animal, i.e. a sheep, a cow, or a camel) such as you can afford” [al-Baqarah 2:196]?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The shar’i evidence indicates that what is acceptable in
the case of sheep is that which has reached the age of six months; in the
case of goats it is that which has reached the age of one year; in the
case of cattle it is that which has reached the age of two years; and in
the case of camels it is that which has reached the age of five years.
Anything younger than that is not acceptable as a hadiy or udhiyah. This
is what is meant by “a Hady such as you can afford,” because the texts
from the Qur'aan and Sunnah explain one another.
And Allah is the source of strength; may Allah send blessings
and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions. End
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood