What is an ‘Aqeeqah’?The ‘Aqeeqah’ is a means of expressing gratitude to Allah (swt). The birth of a child is a cause for great celebration. In Islam, certain etiquettes and rituals from the authentic traditions of the Prophet (saw) are recommended as a family welcomes a newborn child into the world.
- choosing a pleasant name for the newborn
- reciting the ‘Adhan’ in the baby’s right ear
- reciting the ‘Iqamah’ in the left ear
- doing ‘Tahnik’ – inserting something sweet such as a chewed
- date into the baby’s mouth
- having the newborn’s head and
- doing ‘Aqeeqah’
What does an ‘Aqeeqah’ involve?The ‘Aqeeqah’ is a confirmed Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) It involves slaughtering a goat or sheep and sharing its meat with friends and family on the occasion of welcoming a newborn child. The Prophet (saw) and his Companions (ra) used to perform it.
The Prophet (saw) said: ‘Every child is in pledge for his ‘Aqeeqah’.Although it is not obligatory, it contains many benefits and we are encouraged to perform it.
The ‘Aqeeqah’is a means of expressing gratitude to Allah (swt) for the blessing of having a child brings a child close to Allah (swt) soon after entering this world resembles the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (as) instead of Ismail (as) is a cause for feeding friends and family as a celebration of the newborn child reminds people that children have rights in Islam
The Prophet (saw) said: “Slaughter two comparable sheep for a male newborn and one sheep for a female”.If a person cannot afford to slaughter two for a male newborn, it is acceptable to slaughter one.
When to do the ‘Aqeeqah’?There is some flexibility. It is recommended to offer the ‘Aqeeqah’ on the seventh, fourteenth or twenty-first day after birth. If this is not possible, it can be done on any day until the age of puberty.
- A Single Goat Aqeeqah costs $160