Aqiqah

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`Aqīqah, "Aqeeqa", "Aqeeqah" ([Arabic]: عقيقة) is the Islamic tradition of the sacrifice of an animal on the occasion of a child's birth. It is widely performed by Muslims and it is considered sunnah to slaughter one sheep for the baby girl and two sheep for the baby boy. But in Shia Islam, there is not any difference between the baby girl and baby boy. Aqiqah is a Sunnat al Mu'akkadah (confirmed sunnah). If the guardian of the child is capable of slaughtering two sheep for a baby boy and one sheep for a female child, he should do it. Muhammed said : “A baby is being pledged for his Aqiqah, sacrifice is made for him on the seventh day, his head is shaved, and a name is given him". If one cannot slaughter on the seventh day, one may slaughter on the fourteenth day or on the twenty-first day. If one is not capable of doing so, then one may slaughter any time before the puberty of the child. [1][2]

Benefits[edit]

Some Muslims believe that after performing Aqiqah their children will be safe from harm. Aqiqah is a type of sadaqah and it is also sunnah.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The sacred meadows : a structural analysis of religious symbolism in an East African town / by Abdul Hamid M. el Zein.
  2. ^ 'Raise your voices and kill your animals' : Islamic discourses on the Idd el-Hajj and sacrifices in Tanga (Tanzania) : authoritative texts, ritual practices and social identities / by Gerard C. van de Bruinhorst full text
  3. ^ Sunan al-Tirmidhi, hadith #1522–1524