The aqeeqah is what is sacrificed on behalf of the newborn, it is also called the naseekah or the amulet, and it is a confirmed Sunnah of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, in Islam, and its purpose is to share the family’s joy at the birth of the newborn.
It is one of the ancient Arab traditions recommended at the birth of children, and is done by slaughtering a sacrifice and dividing it among relatives, friends, neighbors on the seventh day of birth.
And in order for you to be prepared, we have explained to you in this article What are the rules and rituals of aqiqah?, and when it is mustahabb to do it?
Ruling on the aqeeqah
Many scholars differed regarding the ruling on the aqeeqah.
When do you slaughter the aqeeqah?
Many wonders when the ‘aqeeqah should be done and when it is not permissible to do it, and according to what was reported on the Messenger, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him (every boy is a hostage with his ‘aqeeqah, which is sacrificed on his behalf on the seventh day, and it is shaved off on the authority of the fourth day), on the authority of Aisha, may God be pleased with her. If not, then on the twenty-first day.” However, there are many opinions of religious scholars regarding the time of slaughter for the ‘aqeeqah:
- According to the Maliki Hanafi school of thought, the aqeeqah is performed on the seventh day, and it is not valid even an hour before it.
- Whereas, according to the Shaafa’is and Hanbalis, it is permissible to slaughter the ‘aqeeqah before the seventh day of birth, but it is not valid before birth, and it may be slaughtered on any day, but it is makrooh to delay performing the ‘aqeeqah until puberty.
rituals of the aqiqah
- Two sheep (two sacrifices) are slaughtered on behalf of the boy, and one sheep (one sacrifice) on behalf of the girl.
- Like the sacrifice, the sacrifice must not be lame, manly, broken, or incomplete.
- It must be from cattle like sheep, although it is permissible from camels or cows, and some believe that the cows can be divided into seven, like the sacrifice, and others believe that the aqeeqah is not divided, and it is not because the sheep.
- It is not forbidden, but it is disliked for the father or one of his dependents, especially the mother, to eat it. It is desirable that it be distributed to relatives and the poor.
- It is not required to bring the newborn when the aqeeqah is slaughtered.
- It is mustahabb to cut it without breaking its bones.
What is the dua of aqeeqah?
It is prescribed when slaughtering the ‘aqeeqah what is prescribed at the time of the udhiyah of naming and saying takbeer, but the intention is required to perform the ‘aqeeqah, that is, that the father or whoever intends to perform the ‘aqeeqah on behalf of the new baby, and there is a supplication that is said when slaughtering the ‘aqeeqah according to what was reported from the Messenger, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, upon birth. Al-Hasan and Al-Hussain (In the name of God and God is the Greatest, O God, to you and to you, this is the aqeeqah for so-and-so), which is a confirmed Sunnah on the authority of the Prophet. Or it is possible to supplicate with “In the name of God, and by God, an aqeeqah on behalf of so-and-so, its flesh with his flesh, its blood with his blood, and its greatness with his bone.
Some people prefer to supplicate for the male and the female with different supplications
So, he supplicates for the female: “In the name of God and by God, from you, with you, with you, and to you. Oh God, this is the aqeeqah for (So-and-so, daughter of so-and-so, and remember the name of the female newborn and the name of her father) Oh God, her flesh with her flesh, her blood with her blood, bone with her bone, her hair with her hair, and her skin with her skin, O God, make it a fulfillment of your religion and your religion. And the Sunnah of your Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and his family.”
And for remembrance: “Oh God, you have bestowed upon us a remembrance, and you know what you have bestowed, and from you what you have given.
Is it necessary to cook the aqeeqah?
According to the Maliki, Hanafi and Hanbali school of thought, it is permissible to distribute the meat of the aqeeqah raw, but it is desirable to distribute it cooked in order to provide the needy and neighbors with cooking supplies.
Also, with the aqeeqah, the child’s hair is shaved and its weight in gold or silver is donated to the poor, as was reported by the Messenger, may God bless him and grant him peace (every boy is a hostage to his aqeeqah, it is slaughtered on his behalf on the seventh day, shaved and named) and it is desirable that it be on the seventh day of the birth of the newborn.
And it turned out that shaving the baby’s hair has many benefits, the first of which is to get rid of microbes and germs that are found in the hair of the fetus when it was in the mother’s womb, and for it to grow new, stronger, and thicker hair instead of the light hair that the child is born with, and it is also believed that shaving the hair of the newborn It works to strengthen the rest of his senses such as smell, taste, and sight.