we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Aqeeqah In this article. so you know what to do when welcoming your new-born. Aqiqah katering Shah Alam provide the service to perform aqiqah.
Is Aqiqah obligatory?
No, it is not. It is not obligatory to perform Aqiqah, but aqiqah is a highly recommended Sunnah that had been practiced by the Prophet (saw) and his Companions. The Prophet (saw) did performed Aqiqah for the births of this grandchild, Al-Hasan and Al-Husain.
Why should we perform Aqiqah?
Aqiqah is an action to express gratitude to Allah for His blessing of having a child. It is also to ask for the child protection from Shaytan and warding off illness.
Many Scholars have also mentioned that Aqiqah can bring a child closer to Allah and serves as a reminder to the parents that their children have rights to be fulfilled in Islam.
Who should perform Aqiqah?
The parents or guardians should performed Aqiqah is performed for newborn child. According to the majority of scholars, every adults who is eligible to pay Zakat or has enough money to perform Aqiqah should do so. for small animal (sheep or goat) the aqiqah counts as one, and if it is for the baby boys.
When should Aqiqah be performed?
It is Sunnah on the seventh day of the baby’s birth to perform Aqiqah, any subsequent seventh day onwards (14th, 21st etc.). According to scholars, Aqiqah can be performed until the child has become mature.
Some scholars have given the Fatwa that Aqiqah can be performed up until death and an adult can perform the Aqiqah for himself/herself if it was not done when he/she was a baby.
How many Aqiqah animals should be sacrificed?
For a baby boy,two animals should be sacrificed. However, there is no limit to how many animals you can offer.
Aishah (ra) reported Allah’s Messenger (saw) said, ‘Slaughter for a boy two compatible sheep and for a girl, just one. It does not matter whether the sheep are male or female’. [Ahmad]
What type of animal should be offered for Aqiqah?
The type of offering Aqiqah, the same rules apply as Qurbani. Animals should achieve certain age and eligibility. For lambs, the minimum is 6 months and for goats, 12 months. The animals should also be healthy with no defects like broken horns or teeth. It is recommended to offer the best animal you can find.
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘The best Qurbani is the one which is expensive in price and is very fat’. [Ahmad]
How should Aqiqah be performed?
When offering Aqiqah, the slaughterman should make an intention for Aqiqah on behalf of the baby and parents and recite du’a
Performing Aqiqah for a baby boy
The rules for performing an Aqeeqah between baby boys and baby girls are different. For boys, this is how it is perform.:
- – The Aqeeqah should be performed on the 7th day after birth. However, avoid performing it if the 7th falls on Friday.
- It’s important for Muslims to have their baby’s hair cut before celebrating their Aqeeqah.
- 2 sacrifices are offered for each male child. If there is a baby boy
Aqiqah rules for baby Girl
Almost all the rules of aqiqah for a girl are the same as for a male such as shaved herdeha, with the difference that only 1 sacrifice is sufficient.