Etiquette of Aqeeqah in Islam. Aqeeqah is a great Sunnah. It is part of the legacy inherited from Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) and a great Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Every child is mortgaged to his aqeeqah.” (Ibn Majah) It is a ceremony done in thankfulness to Allah for the newborn child. Although aqeeqah is not mentioned in the Qur’an, it is mentioned in
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have urged Muslims to make aqeeqah for their children on the seventh day of their birth. If for some reason it was not possible to do it on the 7th day then it can be done at a later date. Those who cannot afford it can give some other charity or just make dua’ for their child.
-Naming the child should be done as soon as the child is born. According to the Sunnah, every child that is born alive should be given a name with a good meaning, without any SHIRK, and should show a Muslim identity. If the aqeeqah. Remember, that a name cannot benefit or harm a child
-The method of `aqeeqah is to shave the baby’s head or to trim the hair. One may give silver, gold or its equivalent in cash in charity according to the weight of the baby’s hair
-One or two goats or sheep should be slaughtered as a sacrifice and the meat should be distributed among the poor, the friends, and the family members can use part of it. If one can afford he/she can arrange a feast and invite family and friends regardless of their financial status. The best place to do is the masjid/Islamic center
-Some Prophetic ahadith mention two goats to be sacrificed for a boy and one for a girl. But,
According to Muslim jurists, one can sacrifice only one for the boy and one can also sacrifice two for the girl
- Male circumcision is an obligatory Sunnah and it should not be neglected. There is no age limit for circumcision. If the boy was not circumcised early, then he should be circumcised
Finally, from an early age, a child’s upbringing should be done in an Islamic environment where proper values and precepts of Islam are consistently practiced. Attending an Islamic school is also crucial because parents either don’t have the time or the correct knowledge of our Deen.
Allah Knows Best.
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