Rulings on Aqiqah for Baby Boys and Girls
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Publié le 16 février 2023, par Samir | 8 h 11 min
Temps de lecture : 5 minutes
Aqiqah is an Islamic tradition of sacrificing an animal, typically a sheep or a goat, in gratitude and celebration of a newborn baby. It is considered a Sunnah [tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)] and is considered a form of worship and charity in Islam. The meat from the sacrifice is usually divided into three parts: one-third is given away to the poor, one-third is shared with friends and neighbors, and the final third is kept for the family’s consumption. Aqiqah is seen as a way of thanking Allah for the gift of a new life and is usually performed on the seventh day after the child’s birth.
Rulings on Aqiqah for Baby Boys and Girls
The followings are the rulings and details on Aqiqah in Islam:
It is important to note that these rulings and details on Aqiqah may vary slightly depending on different schools of thought within Islam. Nevertheless, the basic principles of Aqiqah as a form of worship and charity remain consistent across all schools of thought.
Aqiqah is a recommended act in Islam; it is not mandatory. If a person cannot perform Aqiqah, they can make up for it by giving money to the poor instead.
Here are some relevant hadiths regarding Aqiqah:
These hadiths show that Aqiqah is considered a recommended act of worship in Islam and should be performed in a specific manner, with the meat divided and distributed as specified.
Is a difference between the rulings of Aqiqah for a boy and a girl?
Yes, there is a difference between the rulings of Aqiqah for a boy and a girl.
For a boy baby, it is recommended to sacrifice two animals, while for a girl baby, it is recommended to sacrifice one animal. The rest of the rulings for Aqiqah, such as the timing, age of the animal, sharing the meat, and method of slaughtering, are the same for both boys and girls.
It is important to note that these recommendations are based on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and are followed by many Muslims. However, they may vary in different communities and countries. Ultimately, the essential aspect of Aqiqah is its intention and the act of helping those in need by sharing the meat with the poor.
Why is there a difference between the rulings of Aqiqah for a boy and a girl?
First of all, whether or not one understands the reasoning behind it, all of the ‘ibadat (acts of worship) that are stressed or commanded by Shariah are purely based on obeying Allah’s commandments, such as when the Holy Prophet Ibrahim (AS) was told to sacrifice his own son. He never asked what the reason behind it was. He did as he was told because it is not required for a human to comprehend the purpose behind each command. Whether or not a person understands its rationale, offering an animal in aqiqah is still an act of worship and must be performed.
However, there are some acts of worship, the wisdom of which may be mentioned as a conceivable justification, while Allah Almighty alone knows the ultimate reason, on a child’s birth, the sacrifice of an animal is a Sunnah (a preferable practice) and not Fardh (an obligatory act). In a mandatory sacrifice, like in Eidul-Azha, one goat is enough for both genders. It demonstrates that a single goat is usually enough for both. Therefore, what is commanded for the birth of a girl is according to the standard practice, i.e., a single goat. But for a male child, an additional goat is suggested, conceivably, because one of the purposes of aqiqah is to seek refuge from satan’s influence and misfortunes, and a man is more vulnerable to them as compared to a woman because his activities are more diversified; thus, two goats are suggested for sacrifice. So, it should not be taken to imply that the birth of a girl is less blissful because the Holy Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) have condemned this belief.
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