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Al-Taqlid (hajj)

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Al-Taqlīd (Arabic: التقليد) is to hang a rope, an old shoe, or a belt on the neck of a camel, a cow, or a sheep as a sign of sacrifice. With this action, the pilgrim becomes a muhrim. This is an obligation of the pilgrim in hajj al-qiran.


Taqlid is part of hajj al-qiran. The pilgrim hangs an old pair of shoes in which he said his prayers on the neck of the animal he intends to sacrifice. It should be noted that one can only say prayers in shoes that do not cover the top of one's feet.

Some other faqihs have said that a horseshoe or a cotton string or a leather lace can be hanged on the neck of an animal as a sign for its sacrifice.

Jurisprudential Ruling

Taqlid is a disjunctive obligation (al-wajib al-takhyiri), according to the majority of the faqihs. In hajj al-qiran, the pilgrim can perform talbiya, ish'ar, or taqlid in order to become muhrim.

If the pilgrim chooses the talbiya, it will then be mustahab to perform taqlid.

Animal for Taqlid

Of animals that can be sacrificed, cows and sheep are specifically for taqlid. However, with respect to camels, both taqlid and ish'ar can be performed (where ish'ar is to cut and bloody the hump of the camel as a sign for the sacrifice of hajj).


  • The material of this article is mainly taken from تقلید (حج) in Farsi Wikishia.