What is Aqeeqah?
SACRIFICE OF AN ANIMAL FOR A NEWLY BORN CHILD ON THE REMOVAL OF THE BABY’S HAIR.
MASAA’IL PERTAINING TO AQEEQAH:
- When a child is born, male or female it should be given a name on the seventh day of birth. When the hair of the head of the baby is shaved a sacrifice is also offered which is called AQEEQAH. By Aqeeqah all impurities of the child are removed and the child is saved from all calamities by Allah.
- The method Aqeeqah performing is that for a male child, two goats or sheeps and for a girl one goat or sheep is sacrificed. If an animal of seven shares (cow or camel) is used for Aqeeqah, then two shares will be taken for a male and one for a female. The hair of the head is then shaved. Silver, equal to the weight of the shaved hair, is also given in charity. However, this is not compulsory.
- Aqeeqah is performed on the seventh day of the birth of a child. If not done on the seventh day, then, whenever it is done, it should be the seventh day, e.g. if the child was born on a Friday, then Aqeeqah should be performed on the following Thursday (the 7th day after birth). If it is not performed on this Thursday, then any other Thursday.
- That animal which is not permissible for Qurbani, is also not permissible for Aqeeqah. Requirements for the animals of Qurbani and Aqeeqah are the same.
- It is permissible to distribute the meat of an animal of Aqeeqah raw or cooked, and can also be served to guests.
- If one does not possess sufficient money, then it is permissible for such a
person to sacrifice only one goat for a male child. There is no harm if Aqeeqah is not performed provided one does not have the means for Aqeeqah.
- Before sacrificing the animal (for Aqeeqah), the following Du’a may he recited:
Which means “O’ Allah I sacrifice this animal in Thy name as a Sadaqa for my child in substitution blood for blood, flesh for flesh, bones for bones, skin for skin and hair for hair. O’ Allah accept this sacrifice for the protection of my child from Hell.”
If the Aqeeqah is for girl then in place of and mention the name of the child boy or girl at this point.
Du’a for slaughtering: Lay the throat of the animal towards the Qiblah and recite:
(“For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly towards Him Who created the heavens and the earth. And never shall I give partners to Allah. Verify my worship and my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the world. O Allah this sacrifice is from you and is for You.)
WHILE SLAUGHTERING THE ANIMAL READ:
“In the name of Allah is the Greatest.”